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22 May 2006 /  #1
Hi... I am thinking of taking a year out of work and moving to Poland to learn Polish (from scratch). I would plan to spend maybe the first 3-6 months studying Polish full time.

What level of speaking/understanding Polish do people feel I could get to through this approach after say 6 months?

My reason for considering this is that Polish would be very beneficial to my long term career.

Any comments, thoughts, advice etc much appreciated.
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22 May 2006 /  #2
I don`t what is your nationality but if you`re Slavic then I think that 6 months is just fine to learn Polish to be able to speak at a basic communivative level.. but if you`re non-Slavic then ..perhaps if you`re going to REALLY put some effort to it.. ..then perhaps you`ll be able to communicate at some basic communicative level.

From my opservation non-Slavic people tend to learn to speak our language at a medium communicative level - after 2-3 years of studying. It depends from the person.
OP Guest  
22 May 2006 /  #3
Thanks... I'm a native English speaker.
13 Jun 2006 /  #4
Hammersmith have a good seminar on Polish language (London)
OP Guest  
13 Jun 2006 /  #5
it depends on how bad you want to speak polish ,native english can speak in as little as six months i hear i've been learning off an on for about a month and my polish friends are amazed how fast and well i pick up on it. just by listening to them speak polish i'm able to learn the language, however my grammer needs work but i can pronounce very well. it all depends on the person i am a native english speaker however i'm 1/2 polish :) but my family doesn't speak polish
Anna UK  
4 Apr 2008 /  #6
Hiya :) My husband is British and he has been learning Polish for 4 years but we live in UK. He bought rosseta stone course and some others and has been learning. It's very hard for him and he can't speak yet and I would say that his level is pre-intermediate. But every time we're in Poland for a week or less he finds it very useful and he speak better. But anyway it's a long way to go... Polish is one of the most difficult languages in the world and I must say that our grammar is so difficult (i can't even understand it) :) so wish you all the best! The most important is to speak and speak and even if it's not good speak anyway. To be honest i think half a year in Poland will give you maybe intermediate level but for sure not advanced. Good luck!
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,148  
4 Apr 2008 /  #7
(i can't even understand it) :)

Who can ?
secanix79 1 | 7  
7 Apr 2008 /  #8
[b][/b]Hi every Body, AM Algerian Living in poland, now it's 3 months 1/2, still can't speak polish, I was trying with some books, but it's ..........ohhhh my god so hard

i know only few words, i was looking for some schools but it's very expensive 50ZL/H , it's strange !!!
TracyDarek - | 2  
9 Apr 2008 /  #9
yes,it's really very difficult to learn.I am Chinese.I live in Poland more than 2 years,and I can speak 3 or 4 sentences :-) and my husband is a polish...of course we both can speak english.
Davey 13 | 388  
9 Apr 2008 /  #10
I learned the alphabet in like 5 minutes....
I'm a native English speaker...if the drive/passion is there to learn, it shouldn't be hard
andysterdam 3 | 45  
10 Apr 2008 /  #11
Can anyone recommend a good CD/DVD home study program?

Check out this free program hosted by the University of Pittsburgh:

Of course, that's great to get you started, but I'm looking for a hard core do-it-yourself.
jedrula - | 9  
11 Apr 2008 /  #12
I'm a native english speaker and i find the trick to learning polish is the grammer

It will explain the "random" word ending changes that i found so strange

If learn the endings for the Genative, Dative cases etc... it will start to make sense
the adjetives also change so learn the endings for each case also. The tables for the endings can be found in the collins dictionary Pages xxvii for the nouns and page xxviii for the adjectives

It will take a little time but believe me its worth it

If you ever ask a polish person "why does a word change its ending?" they start saying "Kto, co, Kogo, Czego etc" these are the question words that change the case for each word or sentence.

When u learn these endings u will begin to recognise them when u see them written or spoken and language wont appear so random and difficult.

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