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A good place to start learning Polish?



huskyphd    
18 Jun 2007  #1

Hi. I've recently started dating a girl who is originally from Poland. We're absolutely crazy about each other, and she wants me to go to Poland with her for Christmas to meet her parents. I'd love to start learning Polish, so maybe by Christmas, I can say something without sounding like a complete moron.

Do you have any suggestions about good places to start learning? I was thinking of Rosetta Stone. What do you think?

Also, how do you pronounce "Kocham cie"? Is it "co-ham shee" or "co-ham chee"?

Thanks!


sledz 23 | 2,262    
18 Jun 2007  #2

Do you have any suggestions about good places to start learning? I was thinking of Rosetta Stone. What do you think?

I have that course, it helped me out alot

try Byki.com it gives some free basic lessons
ladystardust - | 85    
18 Jun 2007  #3

"co-ham chee"?

that's the correct version ;) only dont make the e long: it is "co-ham che"
co-ham shee is more like "i love myself" or "i'm making love" :D
HAL9009 2 | 306    
20 Jun 2007  #4

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/
tkoch1016    
25 Jun 2007  #5

I know of a great store if you your in the Detroit area called The Polish Art Center, they have a ton of books on learning polish I think they have audio lessons also here's the site: //polartcenter.com/Learning_Polish_English_Materials_s/63.htm

Oh they also ship, really quick if you need them too, great for all types of gifts too, they'll ship anywhere, //polartcenter.com/
stephenQueue    
25 Jun 2007  #6

I know of a great store if you your in the Detroit area called The Polish Art Center, they have a ton of books on learning polish I think they have audio lessons also here's the site: polartcenter.com/Learning_Polish_English_Materials_s/6

I love that place! Before I went to Poland last month I bought this audio cd called "In Flight Polish Learn Before You Land" on their site, although I admit I had to listen to it 4 times on the plane - but it turned out to be great:

polartcenter.com/In_Flight_Polish_Learn_Before_You_Land_p/9140045.htm
mikolajef    
3 Aug 2007  #8

Do you have any suggestions about good places to start learning?

The best way is to find a pole with skype and talk:)
sapphire 22 | 1,245    
3 Aug 2007  #9

thats pretty hard to do when you dont know any of the language.. and why could he not do that with his girlfriend?
gloios 12 | 76    
3 Aug 2007  #10

Some good places to look:

1. Some local colleges/schools sometime offer night programs.

2. Rosetta Stone

3. Find a local Polish Cultural Center or Foundation - There are some good ones in NJ/NY/IL that offer courses.

4. Once you get some basics down you can go on sites such as interia.pl and join Chat rooms to practice.
Mark22 - | 1    
19 Mar 2008  #11

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Suggestions please

Hi, I'm a 15 year old Student in Philadelphia. My parents are both immigrants from Poland and speak it regularly at home and I can understand quite a bit. I can't speak polish at all however. I am very interested in my origins and I would like to learn polish to continue the heritage. Sorry, my first post. Now to the question.

What is the best way to learn how to speak Polish? I'm not very interested in grammar or writing, the actual language is my priority.
JustysiaS 13 | 2,242    
19 Mar 2008  #12

Your parents are native speakers, ask them to help you learn and slowly include you in their Polish conversations. The solution to your problem is right under your nose lol.
Michal - | 1,865    
20 Mar 2008  #13

o you have any suggestions about good places to start learning? I was thinking of Rosetta Stone. What do you think

I have never seen this course but it is a complete no-no and very expensive too. It is a waste of money learning Polish just for Christmas. Try your local library-there might be a colloquial Polish course or a copy of Teach Yourself, both excellent beginners courses and free too when taken from the library!
telefonitika    
20 Mar 2008  #14

I was thinking of Rosetta Stone

i have level one and two of this software :)

a copy of Teach Yourself, free too when taken from the library!

or internet :)

colloquial Polish course

the audio was available freely on the internet for this course (you would just need to get hold of the book) not sure if on there now though :)
K-patty57    
8 Jul 2010  #15

i am looking for places to teach me how to speak polish, my father is polish and his parents talked polish he never learned the language, but he can understand it.. soo sum1 pleaseee help me find a place that isnt to exspensive to i can learn polish! thank u so much! :D!
mmmPL    
10 Jul 2010  #16

Hello. I'm Polish native speaker. I would like to improve my English. If you want to talk in Polish, write me.
mashasrk@wp.pl
polasku newbie    
12 Aug 2017  #17

I have a Polish friend. he's about 45, and his Sister and most of his family live in the UK. I can say tak, niew, or is it nieb? how are you, dozybreiw etc. and thankyou, but i can;t remember how to write it or say it. I know cheshe means Hi or Hello, and of course, Nezedanyou. I don't wanna be a tourist.
polasku newbie    
13 Aug 2017  #18

Its a difficult language because it is not Western; its Slavic. My friend, Zibigiew, most people can't prononce it, so I call him, Zebni. Everyone else calls him Zippy. He told me a joke about a Clarinet is like blowing up a Goats arse; he found it very funny, but I still cannot understand why. But I like him,he's honest and a hard worker, I just wish I could think in Polish, rather than in Engilsh, and then try to translate my thoughs into Polish. As with many languages, you have to learn basic phrases and many different words, for the things that are commonplace to yourself, but its not easy at all.
polasku newbie    
13 Aug 2017  #19

I think of Polish as an enigma within an enigma, I can say proseches, (please), but its just the tip of an incredible iceburg. Nice people, great attitude, good food, but I cannot walk into a resturant and know how to ask for peruglia, (or however it is pronounced) I'd like to go to a Polish Class, and then 6 months later; suprise him. But even then I wouldn't really understand at all.
Wulkan - | 3,184    
13 Aug 2017  #20

Its a difficult language because it is not Western

And which group of languages is that "Western" one?
polasku newbie - | 1    
13 Aug 2017  #21

English is as uncomprehenible as it is to a Polish person. Wultan, I hope that explains my perplexity
Wulkan - | 3,184    
13 Aug 2017  #22

So you call Western language the English language, I got it. I agree English is completely different to Polish, similarly like Portuguese, Italian or Greek.
Lyzko 17 | 3,637    
13 Aug 2017  #23

Spot on, polasku newbie!!

Rarely have I encountered a Pole who'll admit to such:-) While I understand why, at least partially, (inferiority complex being the frequent butt of ethnic humor, reputation for generations of being slow-witted (for the men) or slutty and loose (for the women), many Poles have such an arsenal of defense mechanisms regarding fear of being exposed as anything less than proficient and intellectual-sounding in English, merely getting them to fess up to failure is like trying to deconstruct Fort Knox:-)



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