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So why did you give up learning Polish?

convex 20 | 3,980
11 Jul 2010  #31
Interesting ... where ?

the 'stans
Wiltshireflyer 1 | 5
12 Jul 2010  #32
Im just starting out learning Polish. Its a very complex language, but I do love a challenge. Im just basically stringing a few words together at the moment, but would love to be able to converse properly and be understood. I believe its common courtesy to at least attempt to speak the lingo when you are in a foreign country. Poland is a great place.!
12 Jul 2010  #33
an even bigger question is this:

with polish being of little use now, as well as being watered down with english word after english word every day, on top of many Poles leaving to work in other countries, many times an English speaking one.......wouldn't that mean that the need for Polish will only become less and less? some people argue that polish will become more and more popular due to Poland's recent economic.....well......success?, having deeper involvement in foreign markets, etc., but i think this is even more the reason why other languages will become more dominant. foreign countries don't care about Poland's language, they care about cheap labor and operating costs, and learning Polish is last on their list. the more foreigners coming in to Poland means LESS polish IMHO.

even more of a reason to "give up learning Polish".

let us not forget that by the time someone learns polish to say a B2 level, you could be a C1 level in let's say 2 romance languages in the same amount of time, both of which will be more useful than polish.

put 2 resumes with equal experience/qualifications side by side, 1 guy says "B2 Polish" and the other says "C1 Spanish and C1 French"'s obvious who will be of more use 99 times out of 100.

not to mention the B2 guy in Polish still has to email his friend Agnieszka every week to ask, "how do you say 5 of ______?"


i study Polish because it's half my heritage, I live in Poland, my fiance is Polish and my children will speak Polish. it's a no brainer, gotta learn it. if i didn't have this situation, i wouldn't even give Polish a second thought.
19 Nov 2010  #34
Hey im polish and thats mean ... its pretty much like racism against polish people

i live in america and i speak polish fluently and american so it is useful to me because i know alot of polish people....... so if its not useful to you miguel you dont have to go of and critisizing the language

Im mostly talking to miguel not anybody else who is nice
20 Nov 2010  #35
I know a monolingual Hispanic speaker from The Dominican Republic who conversely gave up learning/studying English, since she claimed all her US-non-Hispanic friends and acquaintances knew Spanish so well that she felt discouraged-:))

Wow! I guess there's hope yet for the Anglophile Americans in this world LOL

As far as giving up learning Polish, unless the practicality of dealing with Poles resp. Poland exists, why bother indeed? On the other hand, when dealing with any non-English speaking country, be it The Netherlands, Poland etc.., experience shows its always best to know the local lingo, just as we kind of insist on those visiting or working here in the States to know the modicum of English-:)) And no, IT DOESN'T MEAN BEING "PERFECT" EITHER!!!

Short of that, hire, use, an interpreter!
25 Mar 2011  #36
Knowing several languages is a gift: each language gives you a different perspective on life. When one way of life depresses you, you can always take refuge in another culture. Poland has a very strong culture: it survived centuries of occupation and repression. I don't know any Polish person who is not proud of being Polish. I am half French half Polish myself, and I can tell you that it is my Polish roots that have given me the most on a moral level. They have allowed me to see France and other “Western” countries with a more critical eye and to make a more informed judgement. When all you know is America, it is like peeking at life from behind a key hole and missing everything that life has to offer "in the corners". Additionally, going to foreign countries without being able to communicate with the natives in their mother tongue, is like having a blurred distorted vision of those “corners”. But for some people, this is all they can afford...Well, at least don't be proud of it, because you don't know what you are missing :)
tonywob 6 | 43
31 Mar 2011  #37
Of course the language's usefulness is relative to the person learning it. To me, it's very useful because I live here, my girlfriend is Polish, and lots of people I know here only speak Polish. I also obtained Polish citizenship because my granddad was Polish.

What keeps pushing me to continue learning is the embarassing moments when somebody tries to talk to you and you can't answer like you want (English simply doesn't cut it either). The feeling of achievement and reward when you can make yourself understood and understand people is second to none. I've been learning passively for over 2 years, and although I can now understood most of the things people say and on TV, I still have a long way to go. I often think about quitting as it's really hard, but the simple need to communicate always brings me back. I started learning Polish before moving to Poland (and not knowing I would ever live in Poland), and I found that useful because there were lots of Polish people were I lived.

I have also started learning Spanish, and after learning Polish, Spanish seems like a walk in the park. I admit that if I had instead learnt Spanish, I'd probably be fluent by now, but Spanish simply isn't that useful for me, and I'm not looking for points on my CV.

The language might not be useful on my CV, but it's useful for communicating with people, who otherwise I wouldn't be able to talk to. It's a great stepping-stone for other slavic-languages, and even helpful for learning an easier language (Strange grammar will no longer shock you, :P)
Lodz_The_Boat 32 | 1,535
31 Mar 2011  #38
Poland is big enough in Europe ... we are progressing economically, and one day we will be a major player. So I think it is wise for anyone to learn Polish :)
PennBoy 76 | 2,438
31 Mar 2011  #39
Well said. I can't comment on how hard it is since it's my first language and speak it well, i assume for people from non Slavic countries it's difficult, but some people have a gift for languages.
31 Mar 2011  #40
LTB wrote:

Poland is big enough in Europe ... we are progressing economically, and one day we will be a major player. So I think it is wise for anyone to learn Polish :)

I wholeheartedly disagree. Polish takes years and years just to speak it decently.....why put in all that effort when you can learn another language actually worth learning?

It's wishful thinking, LTB.
isthatu2 4 | 2,708
31 Mar 2011  #41
Why did I give up learning Polish?
On one level I have not, but, I havent bothered on a formal level since 04.
Not much point with a million plus native speakers suddenly in my country :)
Crow 143 | 7,502
31 Mar 2011  #42
So why did you give up learning Polish?

but i didn`t.

This thread is stupid.
Leopejo 4 | 120
1 Apr 2011  #43
I gave up when my GF, half Polish, kept correcting me that my cześć is wrong and that I will never learn it.

Now she is an ex and my Polish is going strong.
A J 4 | 1,090
1 Apr 2011  #44
So why did you give up learning Polish?

Not quite. Sometimes I give up, but I always pick it up again! (I'll simply refuse to admit I'm not smart enough to learn it!)


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