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Help! I really want to learn the Polish language.

25 Mar 2007 /  #1
My fiancee and his whole family are from Zielona Gora, i believe thats the name, and I'd love to connect with them on a new level! I really want to learn the language abd didnt help. My fiancee is teaching me little by little but I'd like to do more on my own.
25 Mar 2007 /  #2
So what do you want to know... ?
OP bdmskiwife  
25 Mar 2007 /  #3
absolutely everything. common conversational pieces, how to pronounce them first of all, or just being able to say things like "good morning" or "how has everything been?" I know .2% of polish. Brian and I say things like "kiss me" and "i love you(too)" everyday but thats about it.
Big Rob  
25 Mar 2007 /  #4
A real up hill task!!!!!!!!!!!!

For the basics get the Lonely Planet polish phrasebook os The Rough Guide phrasebook or something similar. It really does get you started on the very basics, but as anyone knows, you have to understand these to be able to move on to more complicated stuff!
25 Mar 2007 /  #5
Here is something.

If you want something translated, post a new topic in a translation section, but you must also contribute something in other sections, otherwise admin will delate them.
27 Mar 2007 /  #6
Rosetta Stone software is the best
I am learning with that and they use total immersion method
Visual and hearing as well as voice recognition is involved
28 Mar 2007 /  #7
For my two cents worth, can't think of that much to add to what the rest have already said.

It's ideal naturally, when, as here, real native speakers can correct, at least your written, Polish. :)
The language is connected of course to the culture, as with any language, therefore, much of what is stated, written etc. in Polish is connected to the history/mystery (sorry about that one! he-he) of Poland. For instance, when someone sneezes at the table, one might hear "Sto lat!" = A hundred years! as the response, whereas in English the response phrase is normally "Bless you!".

Not a good idea though to judge either a language or a people by their politics. After all, the English are basically honest by nature.

28 Mar 2007 /  #8
Marek think in my unlearned self you have given the best advice chuckles but without a a sence of humour and like yer the recipients as well.

Depends on who you are talking to and a whole host of other things ...
Tho still i love whgat is happening..
Good luck dudexxxxxxx
And if i may dostrawia maybe nostrawia learning at the same time ...
thank you....

Grzegorz_ Cheers dude am havn a look .....
serious stuff chuckles you must love what you are doing...
30 Mar 2007 /  #10
I'll tell you something bdmskiwife. My husband is Canadian so since my whole family is Polish to the core, the poor guy has been trying to learn at least a little bit of the language. Just 3-4 months ago he bought himself a book (includes a CD). It's basically called "Teach yourself Polish" - complete audio CD program, written by Nigel Gotteri and Joanna Michalak-Gray. It's still quite a challenge, as with any language, but he is actually able to handle short conversations in Polish.

Funny thing.. not too long ago, my mom was trying to asking me something (in Polish of course) and for the love of God.. I could not understand what it was that she wanted from me. She must've repeated it about 4 or 5 times.. Finally, my husband rolled his eyes and told me "she wants to borrow your scarf!" Only instead of "szalik" (scarf) she used the word "apaszka" and.. lost me. :(

Anyways.. sorry for the blabbery-blab. Check if you can get that book. It's actually written quite nicely, it's for beginners. And ask your finacee for help..
18 Feb 2009 /  #11
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Want to Learn the Language Desperately

Hi everyone, I'm Mike and brand new to the forum. I'm a 23 yr old male from the US and I'm DYING to learn to speak the language.

I am so proud of my Polish heritage (the coat of arms is tattooed on me) and want to learn the language. My great-grandfather was from Poland on both sides of my family and my goal is to travel there in the next 2 years.

But first i want to learn the language. I'm willing to try pretty much anything at this point, except the rip off Rosetta Stone program which costs $550!!! If ANYONE has any suggestions, I would greatly appreciate them. I would ask my grandparents, however they all passed on when I was too young to appreciate the language and I want to learn.
2 Mar 2009 /  #12
Well, first off I want to say I too am new to the forums. I speak a little bit of Polish and would like to get much better at it (ale nie mam dużo czas- jestem studentem...). As for resources, some of the best I've found are 2 books- Colloquial Polish by Bolesław Mazur and Mastering Polish by Albert Juszczak. Both come with CDs to help with hearing the language. And neither book costs nowhere near what Rosetta Stone rips you for.
4 Mar 2009 /  #13
I got the first ten lessons of the Pimsluer course on eBay, Its so good I later bought the full course, Im on lesson 20 now, thats just half hour everyday while comuting, each lesson repeated for about two weeks. I cant read or write it but my spoken Polish is getting reasonable.
5 Mar 2009 /  #14
I am looking for somebody who wants to learn polish. In return you can teach me english. I am 26 male. I`m living in LEEDS.M.Sc grad. I really need to learn english for my work. If you’re interested in please email me with your contact details.
11 Mar 2009 /  #15
There's a good book:
Berlioz, Polish

Berlioz is a series of books for tourists and covers a lot of different languages.
The books are distributed world wide and are quite cheap.

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