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Collins Intermediate Level Audio Course in Polish


MrTinlin 2 | 6
30 Aug 2015 #1
I am in the process of learning Polish. I have been studying for a while now and although my vocabulary is decent I need to improve my speaking.

I decided Collins Easy Learning Polish was a decent enough start, however I finished CD1 in only 3 days, knowing all of it. I have no doubts CD2 and 3 will take me far longer and I will probably learn a lot. The Collins programme has been excellent so far.

I was wondering if anybody knew of something which uses a similar format which leads on from this? It's really a shame Collins don't have a second version.

I already have Hurra Po Polsku 1 and 2, In Flight Polish (which I have yet to listen to but would imagine it repeats most of Collins), Polish Verbs and Essentials of Grammar and English-Polish Phrase Guide. But really what I am looking for is another Audio learning course as I feel it will help me a lot with the speaking side.

Thanks in advance!

Half way through CD 2 and no response. That's a shame!

I have decided to go for Pimsleur Polish. What are your opinions on this course, if you have used it?

Are there any other purely audio courses out there that you would recommend?
smurf 39 | 1,981
2 Sep 2015 #2
Half way through CD 2 and no response

Well done on sticking with it.

I've been living here for 6 years now and of all of the other foreigners I know living in Poland, not one speaks it.
So well done.

I've tried almost everything, lessons, CD roms, paid internet lessons/subscriptions, skype lessons, proper language school lessons, rosetta stone and all I can say is that Polish is pretty much impossible to learn.

I'm gonna give it one more shot though.

But, y'know, really I'm hoping that this day comes soon:
dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2685728/Will-able-learn-language-taking-PILL-Scientist-predicts-humans-ingest-information-30-years-time.html

I'd gladly sign up for human trials for this....sorry to link a Daily Fail article, but his Ted Talks are fascinating
ted.com/talks/nicholas_negroponte_a_30_year_history_of_the_future?language=en
Vincent 9 | 863 Moderator
2 Sep 2015 #3
What are your opinions on this course, if you have used it?

There are some comments in this thread about Pimsleur. https://polishforums.com/language/pimsleur-rosetta-stone-25961/

There is also another one call the "Michel Thomas method", and there are several levels which can add up to be a bit expensive, but you can get the first 'starter course' to see if you'll like it, for about £12. I think there is some text of the dialog with this as well. Search the forum for some details about it.
Harry
2 Sep 2015 #4
Half way through CD 2 and no response. That's a shame!

Not really a surprise though: the Polish language simply doesn't lend itself well to the 'listen, repeat, understand' approach (not that many others are ideal for it, TBH).

Are there any other purely audio courses out there that you would recommend?

Given the nature of Polish grammar, I'd be amazed if it's possible to put together an effective audio only course.

I've been living here for 6 years now and of all of the other foreigners I know living in Poland, not one speaks it.

I know more than a few. The best ways to learn seem to be (in no particular order): live where nobody other than you speaks better than basic English; have a Polish other half; be very interested in having a different Polish other half every night; be annoyingly good at languages; go on a six-month intensive course when you have nothing else to do with your life; stick at it.
jon357 67 | 17,056
2 Sep 2015 #5
Basically just launch yourself into it. Aim to make a hundred mistakes a day and don't feel self-conscious about it. A Polish partner and friends who speak little or no English helps.

Remember though that these audio courses like Collins, Pimsleur etc and the multimedia thingies are not some magic solution, that if you listen and repeat or whatever, you'll eventually find yourself speaking a language without any effort (as the Linguaphone courses on LP used to promise). They are just one tool and you have to approach it in different ways.

Audio courses are at best a supplement to other learning materials and strategies.
delphiandomine 88 | 18,455
2 Sep 2015 #6
Basically just launch yourself into it. Aim to make a hundred mistakes a day and don't feel self-conscious about it. A Polish partner and friends who speak little or no English helps.

Yes, as does working somewhere with monolingual Poles.
smurf 39 | 1,981
3 Sep 2015 #7
lhave a Polish other half; be very interested in having a different Polish other half every night; be annoyingly good at languages;

Hahaha, easy-peasy ;)
OP MrTinlin 2 | 6
5 Sep 2015 #8
Wow suddenly the thread explodes, great. Just to clear things up a little, the audio lessons are simply one aspect of my learning. Everyday I spend around 30mins doing the audio book, 30mins practising vocabulary using Memrise.com and spend anything from 15mins-2hours going through Hurra Po Polsku or Essentials of Grammar.

I have been dating a Polish girl for one year, so I do have a willing partner to practice with. To begin with I just tried to pick up some Polish through our normal lives but now I am focussing more time to learning the language. I downloaded Pimsleur yesterday anyway. So I will add a comment to that review page, thanks for sharing it.
piotrga - | 4
5 Sep 2015 #9
There are few good resources you can check :
- Polish Easy Readers series by 2ndlanguage. I think the audio for these books is in the works.

- "learn a polish phrase per week" blog where you can find interesting phrases in Polish with audio pronunciation

Good luck

Peter
OP MrTinlin 2 | 6
7 Sep 2015 #10
Ahh those Polish Easy Readers would probably have been great for me really. But they are quite expensive for how short they are in my opinion.

If I sign up for the phrase per week, they won't send me loads of worthless junk mail all the time will they?

Thanks for the sources though.


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