Thank-you all so very much! I wish to have a bracelet engraved for my mother for Christmas and want to have "Mother....Friend" in Polish. Have a Very Blessed Christmas!
Have a great Christmas yourself! BTW, the word in this case is indeed przyaciółka.
How long did it take you to get to the standard where someone could speak to you at random and you could fully understand and then reply passably? Someone here said you're fluent and that you even sound Polish.
It just sort of came gradually. A lot to do with most people in my circle not speaking English to me. First the nouns came, simply by reading/learning the names for things, then a hiatus because I had a partner who spoke some English and is very quick with languages (though we speak Polish now when we meet), then it came very quickly when I had a couple of years where I didn't speak much English. The best way to learn a language is having to, not getting stressed if you can't do it all right away, and remembering that most people use 10% of a language 90% of the time. Get that 10% right and you've a lovely framework for the rest to fall into. Rather like the way a child develops skills in their own language.
I do still make ingrained mistakes, especially with syntax and idioms and do have a slight accent always and a stronger one which comes out at times- after all, I'm not in PL for espionage, trying to pass as a Pole. If it's a toss up between not being able to say everything, but saying it beautifully or being able to say everything but sounding foreign, I'll take the latter. Poles it should be said are not as really used to this as people in the UK or US but there we go.