Hi all; I really love the Polish language and have many friends who live there, and I'm really interested in increasing my fluency in the language. Has anyone got any tips on becoming more confident and learning more, or any other practice methods I could use? Thanks so much :)
The only effective way I know to improve speaking fluency is to speak Polish with Polish natives. Perhaps find a Polish restaurant nearby and find out if the staff are Polish. You could try searching for a Polish Discord or something like hellotalk or italki. I like to listen to some Polish stories with Piotr. Perhaps some Polish telly would be good also, maybe Wideoportal.
That said, I also have a theory that we can switch our internal monologue to Polish. It'd require a conscious effort and monitoring. Of course the monologue (or self-talk) will drift back to our native tongue, that's okay, just nudge it back to Polish. My hope is that this would help to train the brain to think in Polish.
There is also a Buddhist exercise to practice awareness. You narrate yourself as though you are a character in a story. Something like - "Było kiedy siadłam, a ja tylko siadłam i patrzyłam". It can be first person, or whatever you want, it's your story :-)
Perhaps keep a journal, write whatever you want. Regularly go back and read it out loud, make any corrections you see in your earlier writings. Talking about reading out loud, I'd recommend reading each sentence on Duo as you do the lessons. Do your best to make each sentence sound fluid and harmonious.
And finally, if we are to be harmonious then we should find a song and sing-a-long!
These are really great tips, and I can't wait to try them!! Thanks so so much :D
Hi again! I forgot about something I did to help me communicate better in Poland. I wanted a way to initiate and impart some information and a way to maintain control. I wanted to avoid that panic when you get hit with some question and your brain freezes.
So I prepared a series of photographs, family pictures. I then prepared a text that was related to the pictures. It started something like this; Mam młodszego brata i starszą siostrą. Moja siostra ma na imię Susan i ma czterdzieści lat. Ona ma troje dzieci. Ich imiona to Anna - ma siedemnaście lat, Peter - ma czternaście lat, i najmłodsza Elizabeth - ona ma siedem lat. Teraz mieszkają w Australii. I added in some statements about qualities, such as ona jest ładna i inteligentna and on jest bardzo sympatyczny. I also included professions. I practiced and memorised the text.
I then approached my first victim/participant. I opened with the phrase 'Mam zdjęcie', I was indicating my tablet. Then I proceeded to scroll through the pictures as I recited my text. It went really well, the pictures helped jog my memory of the text. After that I was ready to move to the next victims. Soon I was showing my presentation to a whole bunch of folk. I think they loved it :-) and it really helped my confidence.