https://www.duolingo.com/Clark.Chapman

Starting out is the Hardest Part, but I will Learn... Right??? :)

So I have always been taught Spanish since 1st. grade, so it seemed natural to add that course. However, I added Polish because it is what I am most genetically made-up of. When I started, the easiest words in basic had me mixed up just spelling them because the sounds do not matches like English and Spanish. I am understanding it slowly, but I was wondering if anybody else has had the same problem. I know it is challenging, but I will stick to it. It just takes patience, Right? :)

November 2, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/siciIy
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i find polish very hard to learn but quite rewarding, there are very few similarities to romance languages like spanish, but if you keep going you'll get the hang of it eventually. powodzenia!

November 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Clark.Chapman

Yeah.... my grandpa used to be fluent, but he had lost most of the language. I think it would be cool to speak Polish to him.

November 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/siciIy
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(psst... you can press the "reply" button underneath a comment to reply to someone directly)

November 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Clark.Chapman

Ohhh... sorry. I am newer to Duolingo :)

November 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/siciIy
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no problem :)

November 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Lagertha27

I know it is really hard at first like when I started learning English. But once you start getting better at it. It will start to become addicting. I can speak fluent in English now. You will be fine!

November 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Clark.Chapman

Yeah. I guess I will just have to keep at it day by day :)

November 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Elephant5Lover

Hey! I'm kinda new at this but, I started Swedish and German a year ago and I'm chugging along. I just started Irish yesterday and I started at the hardest part too. If you wan any help, let me know and I will be more than happy to! Plus, I live in the middle of no where and I might have to get back to you later. But I'm on here everyday and I will check if anyone needs help. Bye!

November 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Clark.Chapman

That would be great! You will be the first person I will ask if I ever have trouble :)

November 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/BeCreative__
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Well, languages that don't share roots with english I find harder. I tried learning arabic, and learning the words is difficult when a very high percentage of them do not have a connection to english. Polish has a lot of things that aren't similar to english, and it will be harder than Spanish for you.

November 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Clark.Chapman

Yeah. That makes sense. Thank you for sharing. It looks like you have gathered quite the language collection :)

November 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Elephant5Lover

Hey Clark. Chapman! Hey I saw your message and I will be happy if you ask me questions! Just to let you know that I take Swedish, German, and just starting Irish. I hope that I can learn lots more to help people! Talk to you later! Bye! ~Kaylee Marie the Star Wars Nerd! lol:)

November 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Clark.Chapman

You are too kind! Thank you for the offers, and I will be sure to come to you any time I need help!

November 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Sphinx1824
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Trust me on this, once you get used to the letters making weird sounds it gets much, much easier. It might help to look up which letters and combinations of letters make which sounds and stick with more basic lessons until you get used to it.

November 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Clark.Chapman

Yeah. c, z, and y letters usually run together. I remember seeing the Polish word for girl being like 12 letters for the first time and I knew this was going to put up a challenge :)

November 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Clark.Chapman

Ohhhh...... Well then how did you become so used to your languages? Any tips?

November 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Clark.Chapman

So you are taking French primarily? How has that been for you?

November 2, 2017

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Yes!

November 3, 2017

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I had the exact same issue when I started Polish. It was really difficult for me, because the words were so very different from anything in English or French. Plus, there are all those glorious consonant clusters in Polish, and diacritics/ accents. But I let myself go really slowly and repeat things whenever necessary. And, yes, things do start to click. Spanish and German will always be easier and more "natural" for me, but I'm making slow but steady progress with Polish. (Special bonus: Polish is, IMO, the most difficult of the Slavic languages to learn, but once you know one, you have a major head start on learning any of the others.)

November 3, 2017
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