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Posts by HAL9009  

Joined: 13 Mar 2007 / Male ♂
Last Post: 17 Jul 2012
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From: Dublin, Ireland
Speaks Polish?: Tak, ale niedobrze = A little
Interests: Languages, design

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HAL9009   
16 Sep 2008
Language / Bought "Rosetta Stone" software and trying to learn Polish... [59]

I think you won't learn Polish from Rosetta Stone on it's own.
It consists of lots of short drills, where you repeat sentences and learn their meaning from pictures.
There is no vocabulary explanation or grammar analysis.
I would suggest that you combine it with this course, which is a free download: polish.slavic.pitt.edu

Or buy an old Linguaphone Polish course, produced in the 1980s (on ebay for example)
HAL9009   
24 Aug 2008
Language / I'm gonna learn Polish in a month! [86]

ya,just watch out when he starts singing Daisy Daisy....

Stokrotka, stokortka..........,

Believe it!

Ok, Ok, another month, no worries. I've been trying to learn PL for years so I'm really interested in your method (once proven sucessful of course), so another month.

Don't forget to use The Force ;)
HAL9009   
17 Aug 2008
Polonia / Ever been to Sweden? [185]

... haven't been back to Sweden yet.
But Stockholm was nice (did the duty free shuttle run from Helsinki a few times...).
Very tough language though, Finnish is much easier, Polish too.
HAL9009   
2 Jul 2008
Language / Polish Language Learning Links [40]

Some useful links there Tele
Polish is going to be easy mow with so many resources around!

Here's another link, this one discovered by Sausage:

goethe-verlag.com/book2/EN/ENPL/ENPL-all.zip
- Goethe-verlag Book2 mp3s - 64 MB download

goethe-verlag.com/book2/EN/ENPL/ENPL002.HTM - Content listing

... and yet another link:

bloggypolish.blogspot.com

Thanks to Sapphire for finding this one. It includes mp3 files and vids.
Well worth a look.

Here's another useful link. A little bit of grammar.
Thanks to Vincent for posting it.

people.bath.ac.uk/ma1jas/polish.html

Polish online test time!:

glossa.pl/polish/english/test.php?test=1&jezyk=polish

transparent.com/tlquiz/proftest/polish/tlpoltest.htm
HAL9009   
27 Jun 2008
Language / Polish Language Learning Links [40]

Here are a few more links, all discovereded lately by Telefonitika:

digitaldialects.com/Polish.htm
grzegorj.w.interia.pl/kurs/
en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Basic_Polish_language_course
happychild.org.uk/freeway/polish/index.htm

usborne-quicklinks.com/uk/uk_entity_pages/uk_select_page.asp?lvl=1&men u=s26&id=2403

Some useful FREE resources here :) Thanks Tele
HAL9009   
16 Jun 2008
Language / The Polish language - it's bloody hard! [210]

In Ireland we also say "yez", a sort of extra-pluraly form of youz, for example:
Are yez commin out fer a drink...?
(The singular of yez is of course ya)
youz can be singular or plural.
HAL9009   
5 Jun 2008
Language / Polish language grammar books [59]

You will find some more links to useful free polish resources on this thread:

polishforums.com/polish_language_learning_links-17_8328_0.html
HAL9009   
19 Nov 2007
Travel / Starbucks in Poland? [149]

Agreed - I take my coffee seriously - and Starbucks, naah. Can't beat a good small cafe. I Nero in the UK (haven't seen them in Ireland) is good.
HAL9009   
19 Nov 2007
Language / I want to learn Polish. Where to start? [180]

If you can find it, an old version of Polish Linguaphone is well worth buying. I just bought one (1991 vintage). It is a serious language course with lots of sounds recordings - i'll be in Polish heaven :D

It'd be a bit dated in content terms - published around 1970 i'd say.
HAL9009   
25 Oct 2007
Food / Borscht - Zurek / Bialy barszcz recipe [153]

I like zurek with hard-boiled eggs and horseradish.

mmm, I like this too.
A Polish friend made it for me. Hard boiled eggs in a soup is, not a common dish in Ireland, so it was novel.
HAL9009   
24 Oct 2007
Off-Topic / PF - The Omnibus Edition [1502]

Cool, we don't need to read through the forums at all now to get the important stuff.
Dzięki bardzo - keep it up.
HAL9009   
23 Oct 2007
Language / Polish Language Learning Links [40]

Here's another good link - a polish test - Thanks to Vincent for finding this

Polish tests, quite a lot of them: goethe-verlag.com/tests/EO/EO.HTM

Beware however, there are some errors in spelling. But in general it's good practice material. and there is a button at the bottom to show all the answers.

and of course we shouldn't forget our own Polish Forums topic, Polish Lessons Units: polishforums.com/language/lessons-units-10526/
HAL9009   
22 Oct 2007
Language / Having a really hard time with Polish cases [15]

Try these two grammar books, both free downloads. You may find them useful:

Small grammar book about the Polish language:

polish.slavic.pitt.edu/firstyear/nutshell.pdf

and

big grammar book

polish.slavic.pitt.edu/grammar.pdf

The larger book goes through the cases in some detail.

The remainder of the material on the web site is also well worth a look.

...oop, forgot the website url: polish.slavic.pitt.edu/sitemap.html
HAL9009   
25 Sep 2007
Language / English-Polish tests [23]

A very nice find - just downloading it now.
All those languages, hey, it's got finnish too - I'm in language heaven :D
HAL9009   
19 Sep 2007
Food / Types of CHEESE in Poland [150]

No exotic Polish cheeses in Ireland (some spreadable cheeses though) - any plans to supply Oscypek & Bryndza to Ireland?
Interestingly "brânză" is the Romanian word for cheese, pronounced as one would say bryndza in Polish... probably a good background story there somewhere!
HAL9009   
19 Sep 2007
Food / What exactly is Polish Bread? [62]

We're getting lots of Polish Breads in the shops here in Ireland now, even in small towns. It's baked in the Polish bakery in Dublin. Really yummy.

My favourite (so far) is Żytni Okrągły Chleb z Ziarnami - Round Rye Bread with seeds. The (carroway) seeds are very subtle. It is grey brownish and reminds me of the bread in Romania, which was also very good. A lot of these breads include rye, which isn't really used in Ireland and the UK. Many Finnish breads are rye based also. So I think that maybe there isn't a "Polish" bread exactly, but a "Central-East European" bread which is firmly based on rye+yeast manufacture.

Many Irish breads are good also. They tend to be based on soda+buttermilk. Completely different from the Polish breads.
HAL9009   
19 Sep 2007
Food / What is your favorite Polish Vodka? [607]

Yaay! Żubrówka is finally widely available in Ireland :)
I bought my first bottle in the supermarket yesterday (for considerably more than it would cost in Poland!).
Before now I had to ask my Polish friends nicely to bring back a bottle from Poland...

Żubrówka is simply the best. Pycha - can you say that for booze?
HAL9009   
12 Sep 2007
Language / Przypadki (Polish language cases) [59]

Try Finnish - 15 cases - and tougher than Polish to learn (I think), but both are such a richly rewarding experience :) - I still haven't got the hang of Polish cases though, but getting there.
HAL9009   
14 Aug 2007
Polonia / Ever been to Sweden? [185]

Sweden, yes, but only on my way to Finland......
HAL9009   
14 Aug 2007
Language / Instruction how to install Polish diacritic letters on your computer [30]

On a MAC you can find the polish characters through the Character Palette, which can be turned on in the International control panel. The Palette displays all of the characters available in a given font. You can save frequently used ones to the Favourites Pane.
HAL9009   
18 Jul 2007
Language / Polish Lessons Units [189]

These are great fun, keep em comming :)
And soon some more difficult ones...
HAL9009   
20 Jun 2007
Language / A good place to start learning Polish? [29]

Yes, go with Rosetta Stone. It'll get you started.

Also, have a look through this for some stuff available online, much of it free to download: polishforums.com/language-17/learning-links-8328/
HAL9009   
17 May 2007
Language / Polish Language Learning Links [40]

Here's a website I just found. It features 1000 simple questions (tick the box answers) which will help the user to go over Polish grammar. You will need some basic knowledge of Polish to do them.

polish grammar