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"Dzień dobry! Mam na imię Elizabeth." - Is my grammar correct? (A VERY basic paragraph!)


elizabethL 2 | 17
6 Jul 2011 #1
I'm trying to teach myself Polish. I've only been doing so for, at most, 3 weeks, so I am still in the very basic stages. I am using books from my public library and some Youtube videos as reference. I compiled this little "biography" about myself using the terms I have learned. I'd like somebody to check it and let me know if my grammar is correct! Thanks!

Dzień dobry! Mam na imię Elizabeth. Mam osiemnascie lat. Jestem z Ameryki. Lubię Polska i język polski! Równiez, lubię cyztać, pisać i robić zakupy. Moja ulubiona kolor jest różowy.

That's about as far as I was able to get :(
I tried to construct the sentence "I hope to learn Polish" but I am having difficulty. Any help?
Bzibzioh
6 Jul 2011 #2
Mam na imię Elizabeth. Very good
Mam osiemnascie lat. Mam osiemnaście lat
Jestem z Ameryki. Basic but correct.
Lubię Polska i język polski! Lubię Polskę i język polski.
Równiez, lubię cyztać, pisać i robić zakupy. Lubię też czytać, pisać i robić zakupy.
Moja ulubiona kolor jest różowy. Mój ulubiony kolor jest różowy (theoretically correct but sounds bit silly)
OP elizabethL 2 | 17
6 Jul 2011 #3
Thank you very much, Bzibzioh!
urszula 1 | 253
6 Jul 2011 #4
robić zakupy

This means "getting groceries"
"Going shopping" would more likely be: "chodzić na zakupy"
OP elizabethL 2 | 17
6 Jul 2011 #5
urszula

This means "getting groceries"
"Going shopping" would more likely be: "chodzić na zakupy"

Thanks for fixing that for me! I appreciate the help
Peter23 - | 4
6 Jul 2011 #6
Very good gramma :) Great to read Your words that You like polish :)
OP elizabethL 2 | 17
6 Jul 2011 #7
Thank you so much for the encouragement!! I hope to speak Polish fluently one day :)
PennBoy 76 | 2,437
6 Jul 2011 #8
One thing to remember Liz Polish grammar is hard for a non speaker the suffix at the end of words changes depending when you're referring to a male or female, past/present/future, a person or a thing. If you practice you'll get the hang of it.

Moja ulubiona kolor jest różowy.

Moj ulubiony kolor jest różowy (my favorite color is pink)
you can say Moja ulubiona in a sentence like this Moja ulubiona piosenka to S&M (my favorite song is S&M)
skysoulmate 14 | 1,297
6 Jul 2011 #9
Mam na imię Elizabeth. Very good

Or "Mam na imię Elżbieta albo [czy] Elizabeth po angielsku."

(My name is Elżbieta or [that is] Elizabeth in English)

Good luck to you Ms. E. :-))
lovely amy
6 Jul 2011 #10
Mój ulubiony kolor jest różowy

Mój ulubiony kolor to różowy.
or:
Moim ulubionym kolorem jest różowy.
Bzibzioh
6 Jul 2011 #11
Yes, of course it's way better but she is at the beginners level so I left it.
OP elizabethL 2 | 17
6 Jul 2011 #12
One thing to remember Liz Polish grammar is hard for a non speaker the suffix at the end of words changes depending when you're referring to a male or female, past/present/future, a person or a thing. If you practice you'll get the hang of it.

I can already tell, even in the early stages of learning Polish, that this will be a struggle!!

Moim ulubionym kolorem jest różowy.

Could someone explain why it has to be in this particular tense? It is because "kolor" is masculine?
PennBoy 76 | 2,437
7 Jul 2011 #13
It is because "kolor" is masculine?

No. Because you're going into detail not simply stating or pointing out a pink color.
Moim ulubionym kolorem jest różowy-My favorite color is pink
kolor różowy- color pink
skysoulmate 14 | 1,297
8 Jul 2011 #14
Could someone explain why it has to be in this particular tense? It is because "kolor" is masculine?

I was born in Poland but moved out as a kid. So I've had to relearn Polish and I've given up on the "why's" and focus on the "just because." :))

Good luck to you. ;)

Oh, and from a different thread, if you have access to an iPhone/iPad or just a regular computer (which obviously you must have :) this is what I posted for someone else.

How can i teach my child Polish language? (I'm Russian, my wife is Polish)

Rosyjska (well, technically it should be Rosjanin :) - your daughter might be too young for an iPod (or iPhone) but I think you can use this program from a regular computer too. Check out innovativelanguage.com/learn-polish. I have the Mandarin and the Japanese version on my iPhone and I love it. I actually bought it on survivorphrases.com but the website doesn't come up anymore?? I think innovative language bought them because the iPhone app is still showing as "survivorphrases".

They use simple phrases and a pretty logical layout. Probably "too adult aka boring" for your daughter but it'd help you to learn Polish for sure (and your wife to learn Russian ;).

You might want to remind your wife that it takes two to tango, sounds like she's more into dancing ballet - solo. ;)

Good luck to you and congrats on being a great and a thoughtful dad!
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Here's the app store link

Polish - itunes.apple.com/us/app/survivalphrases-polish/id363657013?mt=8

Russian - itunes.apple.com/us/app/survivalphrases-russian/id362554607?mt=8

It costs ~$20 per language, I don't get any kickbacks from them, and the audiobook version was cheaper ~$12 I think but this is a good way to "hear" the language being spoken. Rosetta is probably a much better, more in depth program but costs more.

rybnik 18 | 1,462
8 Jul 2011 #15
Could someone explain why it has to be in this particular tense? It is because "kolor" is masculine?

Polish grammar is a very similar to Latin in that it's all about the verb. Each Polish verb carries its specific case. In the example the verb "jest"(is/to be) takes the instrumental.
OP elizabethL 2 | 17
8 Jul 2011 #16
So then do the forms of 'favorite' and 'color' have to match the verb case?
rybnik 18 | 1,462
8 Jul 2011 #17
yes. The grammar is demanding BUT it certainly is not impossible :) Good luck! Keep asking questions. The PF community is very helpful. I've had many of my grammar questions answered here.
OP elizabethL 2 | 17
8 Jul 2011 #18
Hahaha, ok! Thanks so much for the help. I look forward to learning more Polish, even though it is a very daunting task! I think I can do it, though!
skysoulmate 14 | 1,297
8 Jul 2011 #19
Of course you can. I was being facetious in my earlier post. :)


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