https://www.duolingo.com/Staruszek

The good news about learning Polish.

The goods news? Here's my list, you can add your own below.

  • Words are pretty much written how they are said.
  • Adverbs aren't too complicated, usually ending in e or o, sometimes i.
  • Stress is always on the penultimate syllable.
  • You encounter a rich culture.
  • It's usually not so difficult to work out the gender of a word.
  • There's some really cool folk here on Duo to help out.

I think Polish is a great language to learn. I'd love to see more people give it a try. I started learning whilst thinking that I know this is going to be hard. But now I'm getting a feel for what's right.

The level of difficulty in learning a language is going to be different for everyone but I hope more and more people give it a go.

January 18, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/Onagraceae

Another good thing about Polish is that it makes other languages seem so easy!! ☺

January 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/CoolKat222

well, actually I am fluent in Polish and the words aren't really written the way they are said, but the rest is true. The only problem I dislike about the Duo version is that there are many ways to say a sentence and Duo only accepts one. It bugs me a lot because I know my answer should be accepted. I love Polish though. <3 :)

January 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Staruszek

Maybe I was a bit too optimistic on my first point. I get your point about the many ways to say a sentence. I'm hopeful that Duo will grow, be better and become more powerful - but not like Skynet did, hihi ;-)

January 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/CoolKat222

Lol :)

January 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/WaterPolyglot

This is such a good article! Congrats on ur marriage, by the way!

January 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Staruszek

Thank you for the kind comment. Also thanks for the nice wishes. All the best to you too!

January 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/WaterPolyglot

:)

January 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Liebert_

I've already seen many movies in Polish and I've realized that Polish is indeed a beautiful language. It sounds like a whispering wave. By the way, the Polish course is out on Memrise. Check it out, guys! :)

http://www.memrise.com/course/1305270/polish-1/

January 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Staruszek

I'm working through a number of Polish movies I recently picked up. There's some lovely gems of movies to discover.

I love your poetic description of the sound of Polish. It's a sound I find enchanting too.

I checked out that memrise course also. The last one I was working with had some awful audio, this one looks and sounds great.

January 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98

no articles

pronouns can be left out

no multiple past tenses

conditional is really easy (just add "by")

1 word for it, this, and that

word order is fairly free

no subjunctive

quite informal (ty used a lot)

January 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Staruszek

Hi, thanks for the fantastic additions. The good news just got better! Myślę, że może my nie jesteśmy porywać się z motyką na słońce?

January 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/br0d4
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As for the lack of subjunctive mood, many linguists disagree on that, and claim, that it exists in Polish, only it is much simpler than in other languages: it requires an imposed word order including one the conjunctions żeby, iżby, ażeby, aby, coby or by, followed by composite past tense (for clauses in present and future tense; for past tense clauses, rarely used pluperfect tense may be used instead of composite past). In some cases, when the phrase is expressing a will, order, instruction, demand - the infinitive may be used instead of past tense.

Other linguists, however, prefer to treat the alleged subjunctive mood as a subtype of indicative mood.

January 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98

well at least there are no separate subjunctive forms (like in Portuguese and Spanish)

January 23, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/br0d4
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As for the word order - it is worth to know, that it is only free to some limited extent, and the word order is actually meaningful: the meaning of the phrase slightly changes depending on word order. Also some word order may be necessary in some context, and a different one in another context.

January 21, 2017
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