Finished Polish Tree 1.0 today!
YEAH! Today in the morning, after probably 10 month I finished the polish tree 1.0 with level 22 and 34% fluency! Now I am awaiting the Tree 2.0 :-)
I remeber the time, I have began learning Polish with Duolingo:
I have to admit, that Polish is not my preferred language (as it is Japanese). I began to learn it because of private, but wonderful reasons ;-) But I hadn´t any knowlegde of the polish language and culture. So how should I start learning this for me completely uninteresting language?
Some month before that I discovered Duolingo and I already learned some Spanish, so I tried out the Polish tree. But as I saw the words with so many consonants, which I could neither hear, nor read nor pronounce, I thought, that I couldn´t ever learn this. But I wanted to try out, if Duolingo works :-)
In the beginning, I often had to use the "slow" setting of the spoken sentences and I had to repeat them often to understand and to write, what the computer voice said. This was very time consuming, so I needed much time for one lesson.
To be honest: It was a real fight to work through the first Polish lessons and skills in the tree, especially, because there were no further information about the new topics of the lessons after the first section. But I wanted to learn and so I´ve really used Duolingo nearly every single day in the past 10 month, mostly more than the "insane" setting required. And I only used Duolingo!
In the last weeks I surprisingly noticed, that I had to use the slow setting for the spoken sentences less often and I could often understand and write the sentences in the first try correctly - although I was in the more advanced lessons. So I must have learned to differ the sounds and words, I must have learned already enough vocabs, so that I could concentrate myself to the new aspects or topics of the more advanced lessons. So I need less time for a new more advanced lesson than in the beginning for the easy ones. :-)
Recently I bought a German Polish textbook "Learn Polish in 4 Weeks" with audio CDs and I try to hear the dialogues without using the book, just from my Duolingo knowledge. I listened to all dialogues and audio lessons, was able to understand about 90% and more directly and the rest I could put two and two together, so that I could understand good, what they were saying - also the lessons at the end. This was really a surprise!
Yesterday I tried out real Polish here:
It was more diffucult and there were many unknown words for me, but it sounds much more familiar than at the time, I started to learn Polish. And I really could partly understand, what they were saying. So compared to my thoughts at the beginning I now think, it IS possible for me to learn Polish :-)
And last but not least: Somewhere while working through the Duolingo Polish course, I began to have fun with Polish :-) Now, while I am awaiting the Tree 2.0 ;-) I will strengthen the knowledge of tree 1.0, will work through some textbooks, to get deeper into the Polish grammar, will watch videos, will write small essays and will try to speak more and more. My goal is to be able to speak fluently common Polish in daily conversations, and maybe also watching Polish movies in original.
So thanks for that, Duolingo!
And just for fun two very cool and funny videos in English, but with some Polish words :-D
Have fun with Polish! :-)
WOW! Thank you for all your resources, tips, and your story. Polish is so difficult for me. I remember spending the weekend just practicing how to spell the words in the very first lesson! LOL, I think I still get it wrong.
Anyways, that is such a spectacular achievement. I wish you the best in Polish, and even Japanese when it comes in May (if I remember correctly)! :-)
Thank you a lot :-) I'll keep on learning Polish for sure. I've already learned Japanese in the past. Actually and just for fun I am working through the course for Japanese people, who wants to learn Englisch ;-) Sadly there is no Japanese course from German.
Yes, the Polish pronunciation is very difficult - especially because this language uses so many consonants. BUT a Polish friend told me, that she had the same problem while learning German, i. e. "schnell": She would spell it in a completely different way, so she had to learn, that "sch" is one sound and to speak "schn" is difficult for her, or Kombinations like "Pferd" or "Pfründe", which is also difficult for her do pronunce. So it will be easier, if you've learned, how to distinguish the different sounds in Polish by ear and how to write them. After that, you can understand more and more and you can write a word or a sentence, even if you do not understand it completely, which gives you the chance to search for the meanings in dictionaries and so on.
And did you try to listen to the first video, I´ve posted in my initial post? The first answer to the question about what the most important sentence in polish is was (I had to laught :-D ):
"W Szczebrzeszynie chrząszcz brzmi w trzcinie."
It is a well known Polish jawbreaker and you can train your tongue with that to master the polish pronunciation and it is funny :-)
So keep on learning, it will be better in time, if you practice every day :-) Beside of Duolingo, I would also recommend
Where you can find many lessons with real world dialogues spoken by Polish native speakers, grammar explanations, culture informations and more. And there are also many tools to learn different aspects of a language, as a recording tool to record and compare your voice, line-by-line audio for the dialogue texts, vocab trainer, grammar database etc. pp. This is a sister site of japanesepod101.com, which I used to learn Japanese and I had much fun with that. I can recommend it!
I began to learn it because of private, but wonderful reasons
What may they be? A girlfriend (boyfriend) perhaps :-)
Thank you! I still have many things to learn, but I'll keep on learning :-)
As "Nawrocka" is last name, it's just stay as it without changing the form :) Only first names change it's form, but even without it, you are doing great, friend! :) Polish grammar is really difficult - and believe me, many Polish people made mistakes on this area as well! :)
Well, only first names change form in Vocative (which we have here), but generally, all masculine surnames and the feminine surnames ending with -a undergo declension as well ;)
Hehe, you're right - pardon me then, I didn't mean to mislead anyone :) I meant it according to this situation, when you're responding to someone directly, because in that case changing last name's form sometimes sound unnatural... even if it's grammatically correct, I guess. But I'd better stay quiet just now :P I apologize!
Whoa, good job on your part! It takes a lot of patience to wait for your breakthrough but you've managed. Good job!
Thank you BeckaB2! Yes, I really needed a lot of patience and I still need it! In Duolingo I am at lvl 22 but my "fluency" is only 35%, which is not so good, so I am trying to improve this score by using other ressources - expecially through grammar explanations. At the moment I am not really able to write my thoughts or to talk about them in Polish and I hope, this will getting better in time.
ohh this post is so inspirational.
Woah, that is a very thorough post :) Thank you for your story, I'm glad that you made such progress and wish you good luck in further learning :)
Gratuluję bardzo i życzę powodzenia w dalszej nauce polskiego! :D
By the way, do you think that Polish was that hard to learn and people make it?