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I know Russian language - will it help me learn Polish?


Lyzko  
19 Dec 2009 /  #91
How exactly does the 'Scottish burr' translate into the Polish 'R-trill'???

LOL)))))
Seanus 15 | 19,706  
19 Dec 2009 /  #92
The rolled R is not a problem for Scottish people at all. To jest akurat łatwy..
Lyzko  
19 Dec 2009 /  #93
I've been told the Celtic tongues, such as Welsh (Cymrae) and Scots Gaellic, are grammtically quite challenging as well as unphonetically pronouncable.

Can you speak/understand or read Scots Gaellic?
Seanus 15 | 19,706  
19 Dec 2009 /  #94
I can understand parts but I'm from the east coast where it isn't spoken so very little unfortunately.
Lyzko  
19 Dec 2009 /  #95
...Do you mean, "where it isn't spoken a lot..." or "where it's spoken only a little....", I was confused:-)
You asked me before if I'm Polish or Russian. Actually, I'm neither. I'm US-born and bred of German-Jewish grandparentage!
Seanus 15 | 19,706  
19 Dec 2009 /  #96
Aha, so what draws you to Russian and Polish language? I should have put a comma before 'so' above right enough.
Lyzko  
19 Dec 2009 /  #97
....The sheer practicality of knowing foreign languages:-)
Seanus 15 | 19,706  
19 Dec 2009 /  #98
Well, Russian is more widely spoken of course but knowing both doesn't hurt.
Lyzko  
19 Dec 2009 /  #99
You can say that again.

As I just posted in another thread about an unrelated forum topic, what's the bloody sense in speaking English in Poland, or for that matter, Russia? Maybe it seems superficially easier for the native English speaker falling back on his or her native tongue, but it sure won't be understood as a native speaker would by your run-of-the-mill Pole, Russian or whatever!!!
k98_man  
19 Dec 2009 /  #100
My native language is English and I have a grasp of German. Combined, I have a decent understanding of some Flemish and Dutch.

With similar family sets it is possible for Russian to help, no doubt. It will still be a challenge, however (especially because I have heard Polish grammar is more difficult than Russian).
Seanus 15 | 19,706  
19 Dec 2009 /  #101
Yeah, I only use English here (outside of class, of course) when the Polish person wants me to. Otherwise, I will speak to them in their mother tongue.
Lyzko  
19 Dec 2009 /  #102
Nice addition to our thread!

Indeed, the case could be made either way, depending on whom you talk to. As far as the meta -universal mega-tongue English, I've no problem with visitors wishing to make it easier on themselves and speak English in Poland or wherever, just so long as we're clear that it's a makeshift attempt, rather like a marriage of convenience; it may not work out in the long run, but for a while anyway, it does the trick:-)

Smart move there, Seanus!

Can see you're in it for the long hall. Kinda like marine boot camp; never give in, never give up. LOL
Seanus 15 | 19,706  
19 Dec 2009 /  #103
There are always thing to learn, even in English :)
Lyzko  
19 Dec 2009 /  #104
You bet. Wish certain nationalities were as open minded about their English:-)

A Swede once actually said to me while we were with company that he didn't need to practice his English, as it was perfect (enough) and therefore resented wel-meaning correction by colleagues.

Poles are far more modest, I think.
Seanus 15 | 19,706  
19 Dec 2009 /  #105
When it comes to language they are. When it comes to some other things, most certainly not.

A knowledge of Russian will help but only to get a feel for some common Slavic pronunciation.

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