Visiting Poland after ~10 months of irregular Duolingo studies
I recently visited Poland, and I'd like to share some of my experiences from a language learner's point of view. Who knows, perhaps this will be useful to someone else.
Like the title says, I've been studying Polish for about 10 months now. I have barely spoken the language, so I knew I wasn't going to be doing much verbal communication in Polish. And I didn't.
What honestly surprised me was the fact I could understand a lot more of the written -- and even spoken! -- language that I encountered during my visit than I would have expected. Granted, a lot of it was random bits and words, but it helped enormously when attempting to "decipher" what advertisements said, or what food products/restaurant meals contained. Sometimes I recognized a grammatical structure, which helped me figure out what the full sentence was about.
I also noticed that some natives speak a lot faster than others. There were people I couldn't understand at all, but in some cases I was able to understand quite a bit.
So, to sum up: Duolingo has been a lot better "teacher" than I had realized.
PS. Ignore the flag next to my name. I reset my Polish tree not long ago.
Good job Wippii, nice to know that hard work on Duolingo pays off. As for me, I have been learning Polish for quite the while and my best friend is Polish (but born in the UK) so speaking with him is always good. I plan to visit Poland one day and see if I’m making progress. It’s a struggle but we should all keep motivated.
Yeah, having a friend to practice with must be nice. :)
Definitely is a struggle; Polish isn't exactly an easy language to learn from scratch.
Congratulations! It must have given you a nice confidence boost to know that your hard work has paid off. Do you think this trip will help you with future studies?
It most certainly will help. Knowing what the country (or its capital at least) is like gives perspective on how far I've come and how far I'll still need to go for various situations to become manageable without resorting to English all the time.
Nice, and great advice. I am going to Spain next year, so your observations have given me a better view on when I'll be speaking and reading Spanish (in your case Polish).
I had a similar experience going to italy a few days ago i was studying italian for 7 months my polish is still rusty but i hope i can go there one day but it will be many years from now.
I still have a lot to do on Duolingo alone, especially as I plan to finish the reverse tree as well. After Duo I intend to move on to Clozemaster for more advanced stuff. But that will be in the distant future.
at some point you'll have to leave the limitations of learning programs like these, and start using the language with natives if you ever want to become fluent. sooner rather than later.
Why are you like that?
Becoming (fully) fluent has never been a goal of mine; I know my limits and don't have unrealistic expectations.
I think leolevy111 was trying to make a helpful suggestion.... I try to find Polish people in my home town then I try out my very 'special' Polish on them... it's all part of the fun learning process, I'm certain the comment was made with only the best intention. :)