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Other ways to continue learning polish after duolingo ?

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What is your favorite way to increase polish vocab/skill besides duolingo ? Are there any good polish books online to practice reading polish ? maybe with side by side english translations

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/KapitanKaya
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you could use Memrise, Rosetta Stone, Pimsleur Method...

for books I would just go online and find with books for very small kids. Or get a book in Polish and then in English... maybe Peter and the Wolf could be good

When I think of more ideas, I will add more to my post.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/IanIanIanIan_
IanIanIanIan_
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Thank you, this memrise has alot of helpful vocab !

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Okcydent
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The thins you ask are very uncommon as there was never great demand for it. I mean, the people who are learning Polish are usually either in Poland, have Polish spouses or have teachers. Usually there is someone can support them.

There is much work you must do by yourself. Here http://wolnelektury.pl you can find many that can be accessed out of charge. But then it is up to you to find their English (or whatever language you are using) counterpart.

Example for the book Quo Vadis: http://gutenberg.org/ebooks/2853 - English http://wolnelektury.pl/katalog/lektura/quo-vadis/ - Polish

Many public domain texts can be found in wikisouces: pl.wikisource.org

However, you won't find new books that easily as they are copyrighted. Yeah, you are expected to pay for them.

At one moment you should just use what you already have - the Internet. I recommend you to install extensions for your browser so you could jus select a word/double click it and get translation of a word. It will make the tedious task of copying word into dictionary much easier.

If you find yourself in need of seeing Polish TV the good news is the major TV stations provide VOD platforms. The bad is that you must be in Poland or have 'proper IP' maybe VPN. Opera Browser provide free VPN and virtual localizations in e.g. Germany, Netherlands. Sadly Poland is not on the list.

Aside of films, on Youtube one can find many audiobooks which do or don't respect copyrights. Example 1) https://www.youtube.com/user/audiotekapl/videos This channel uploads about 10% of each Audiobook done by them, so for example you have access to 3,5 of 35 hours of "Starcie królów" (Clash of the Kings) by G.R.R Martin. 2) Aside legally hosted material, on the YouTube, one can find many audiobooks (even whole films) that clearly violate copyrights. Just search "Audiobook PL" or much more less popular term "Audioksiążka". Again all this is intended for the native speakers, but you should try it. At least to evaluate your understanding of the language.

As for newspapers the most renown examples are: http://www.rp.pl - Rzeczpospolita http://wyborcza.pl/ Again much of the content is behind a pay-wall and only in Polish.

Paradoxically the dw.com (Deutsche Welle) has it's section where they translate some articles into Polish. The problem is that each language group get's its own set of news and there is no easy way, if any, to compare different versions. Same goes with pap.pl - Polish Press Agency - they have two versions of the site with completely different content. Government sites like prezydent.gov.pl or premier.gov.pl follow the same practice :(

Finally I'll write something about computer games. Assuming the game you have is on the Steam platform, changing language to Polish will usually require 2 mouse clicks and a bit of waiting. Usually texts are translated, but audio remains in English.

I'm Polish native speaker so some advices might be somewhat erroneous - I apologize in advance. I based this on my experiences with German.

PS: Here you can check how does the official Polish exam look like: http://www.certyfikatpolski.pl/pl/informacje-dla-zdajacych/jak-sie-przygotowac-do-egzaminu/przykladowe-testy

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/IanIanIanIan_
IanIanIanIan_
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Thank you ! All of these sources are great. The wolnelektury website was exactly what i was looking for !

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Silmendil
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Work with Memrise for Vocab. Then, once you know enough vocab, go and read some easy books ;) I'm doing this myself.

www.clozemaster.com is a very good resource for Reading practice too.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nuggie4

On the global experience website, they have a collection of short videos that are subtitled in Polish and English.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/thomas139785
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Does anyone know of a memrise course for the reverse tree? I couldn't find it myself, but it could be quite interesting since I have already found some additional vocabulary.

1 year ago