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How do u guys learn polish?

hyypia 3 | 41  
29 Mar 2007 /  #1
Just curious about how do u guys learn polish. take a polish class? use software from internet? well, i have my own polish book, i made it by myself. cant believe it? haha. ok. when i want to know how to say such such in polish, i ll write the english version then show it to my polish friend, they complete the polish part for me. :)

but then i realize that i even don't know how to pronounce it!!!

k, very funny yeah?
FISZ 24 | 2,116  
29 Mar 2007 /  #2
I learn on my own...going slowly :)

I think you should learn pronunciation first.
bruno 2 | 48  
29 Mar 2007 /  #3
I used to live with a guy for Hong Kong, who was using hyypia's method, it was working for him, but than again, I had to repeat every word few times before he could pronounce it (and write it down in his private pronounciation code: that looked really funny).
OP hyypia 3 | 41  
29 Mar 2007 /  #4
well..... i did ask my friend to repeat thousands of times (may be not that much :))
but i swear that i dont have any funny looking code in my book! i remember everything in my mind and i also know a little bit about polish alphbet
FISZ 24 | 2,116  
29 Mar 2007 /  #5
There are audio links in here. Ypu just have to find them. Search "audio" or something. You can always ask here too. We'll help you find easy word associations.
OP hyypia 3 | 41  
29 Mar 2007 /  #6
yeah and i got a software Before You Know It online for free. it has audio as well. very good one.
ArturSzastak 3 | 593  
29 Mar 2007 /  #7

Thsweet!!!!! *with a lisp*

Yup. I'll be helping my uncle with his furniture business and my aunt with her shop, if I go that is :)
OP hyypia 3 | 41  
30 Mar 2007 /  #8
next? why next summer? i want to visit poland ASAP!
and hopefully can meet some of u guys when i m there :)
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,161  
30 Mar 2007 /  #9
Good. Now buy me a beer.
OP hyypia 3 | 41  
1 Apr 2007 /  #10

FireWire - | 23  
1 Apr 2007 /  #11
lucky ur not posting from australia, summer just ended :)
1 Apr 2007 /  #12
hi there, it's nice to hear from another Aussie on this are things in the capital these days? I'm from the most liveable know the one.....
Marek 4 | 867  
2 Apr 2007 /  #13
Hyypia, listening like H_ _l to native speakers and by making the time to do it! I often have occasion to interact with Poles, because of my accent, I sort of "blend into" the crowd and I hear conversations among Poles which they might not ordinarily have with a foreigner!

I also READ, READ, READ and then READ some more, everything from the Polish classics (mostly prose however) to the sports news of the local Nowy Dziennik!

The former is key to ease in conversational fluency, while the latter is essential for developing the accuracy needed to speak on other than a tourist level.

OP hyypia 3 | 41  
2 Apr 2007 /  #14
wow Marek, you make lot effort on learning polish :)

I always think that you are a polish :)
Marek 4 | 867  
2 Apr 2007 /  #15
No, Hyypia! I'm not a Pole I only play one on TV... he-he :) :)!!
Just kidding.

When I was in Poland, many Poles did in fact mistake me for a Pole momentarily. Some would even say, "Wstyd sie Pan, ze nie chce byc Polakiem!" = Shame on you, for not wanting to be a Pole!

Funny, huh"
HAL9009 2 | 325  
4 Apr 2007 /  #16
I study Polish in a very er, integrated way.

I'm following two courses on my own; a First year University course I downloaded (FREE! :) ), and a book "We Learn Polish", which has been around for a long time. Also I have a teacher, an invaluable resource if you don't live in Poland and want to learn the language in any sort of reasonable timeframe. I'm translating a little at a time a children's book from Polish to English and another from English to Polish which my teacher then corrects with me. This builds vocabulary and the Polish book serves as reading practice also.

For sounds practice I recently got Rosetta Stone which is good for basic sounds practice. Though with my teacher I find I don't need sounds recordings.

All of these things trundle along slowly together and will hopefully build up into a solid knowledge of the language.

My aim is to have a steady exposure to the language all the time.
I now have the courage to chat to Poles I meet - and there are lots here in Dublin these days.

I find Polish to be generally an easy language to pronounce and spell once you know how to say the words and how they work. The only letter I don't hear is "j", and will write it as "i". Also I find words containing the sound "sze..." like "szes'c' " are difficult to get exactly right.

Polish is fun...
Czestochowa 9 | 50  
5 Apr 2007 /  #17
I'm learning on my own at the moment, I've a few assorted books and some software. The best software I've found so far is from

I've been to Poland 10+ times so picked up quite a bit on each of my visits.

I'll be attending the Sopot Polish school for a few months this summer to get myself to a good enough level to manage for the rest of the year (I'll be staying on in Gdansk or possibly Gorzow for a while).

I can just about get by with my level of Polish at present but need much improvment and learning the verbs is a nightmare!
sledz 23 | 2,250  
5 Apr 2007 /  #18
I've found so far is from

The full version is even better from transparent lang..:)
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
5 Apr 2007 /  #19
I'll be attending the Sopot Polish school

im doing a course there atm... good teachers... friendly staff... fuked grammar...
5 Apr 2007 /  #20
Bubba you'll have to keep me update with school and stuff. have you been smoking behind the bike shed?

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