https://www.duolingo.com/Roy671818

Learning polish as a third language

Hey guys,

I'm 62 days in Duolingo trying to learn Polish as a 3rd language(new with it).

My native language is Hebrew and as part of my job i'm working a lot with english so I know my way around it.

I have a few issues while trying to learn Polish in Duolingo , maybe you can help me with some of them:

1.When I read a sentence on the app I'm automatically translate it to Hebrew in my head - then when trying to translate it to english back to write it on the app i'm doing some grammar mistakes because of the triple translation - It happening only to me?

2.I'm forgetting words really quickly, if I'm doing the practice option on the app It feels like I never sow the words on the practice before, I can even forget the same word meaning on the same practice - there is any way to make the practice more efficient.

3.In general Polish is really different than English(actually some times the grammar rules is looks like Hebrew grammar rules then English ones) - it was really surprising for me.

4.It is hard to know with Duolingo the different Pronouns - For example only after 4 weeks I stared to realise that 'sz' in the end of a word is usually means that i'm referring to "you" on the sentence(like in nosisz) or 'y' means "we".

5.I'm not looking to learn how to write in polish but mostly to read polish and speak - but the app build in feature is also include writing practice that i can't cancel or skip.

Thanks =]

1 week ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/ehartz
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As far as I can tell, exercises up to crown level 2 do not have written exercises in the target language (in this case, Polish). Crown level 3 sometimes has some limited writing exercises (usually translating single words). You should be able to avoid most written exercises if you don't go higher than crown level 3 on a skill, although you will still have to put together Polish sentences in early skill levels using the words in the provided word bank.

Each lesson has a grammar explanation. You can see it by hovering over the skill and clicking on the little lightbulb when you are using the web browser, and I think the grammar notes probably explain things like the different pronouns. (I don't know for sure what the Polish notes say - I didn't read most of them for early skills because pronouns and verb conjugations are very similar to Russian, and so I could already guess the correct conjugations without reading grammar notes).

Good luck with your learning!

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lorenzo-ramon
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hi, I think that you're doing fine, seeing as you've managed to maintain a 62 day streak. I think duolingo works best as a supplement to learning a language. like watching tv in polish and using doulingo.

also, I think learning to write in the language is crucial to better understanding. It sounds very strange to be able to read a language but not being able to write it.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Apsa25
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  1. I am learning mostly from English, which I know very good, but I tried also a German->French and French->German courses. And in the beginning I had promlem NOT translating the sentences to English. But with some practice it became easier. Like something in my brain finally switched.

  2. I have this problem with some phrases in German. In order to remember them better I started to repeat the same skill several time before moving to another. Ant I repeat the words or phrases in my head while doing exercises. For other languages I find very useful the Tinycards' flashcards. They are not available for the Polish duolingo course, but perhaps can be found made by other Tinycards users. For example I found this: https://tinycards.duolingo.com/decks/5HYkrNh/duolingo-polish-course-lvl1 I'd advise you not to go to quikcly with these. Move forward when you more or less remember the words.

  3. and 4. I think that better understanding of grammar rules comes with time. At least it works for me with other languages.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MiloBem
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My first language is Polish and I'm fluent in English. When I started Hebrew on Duolingo I almost never thought in Polish. Sometimes after getting wrong answer I realize it would make more sense to just translate from Polish instead of English. As you said some grammar rules are more similar between Hebrew and Polish than one would expect. One of the reasons is that modern Hebrew was heavily influenced by Polish Jews. Some slang sentences translate word for word, e.g.:

Hebrew: Ma nishma? HaKol beSeder? Polish: Co slychac? Wszystko w porzadku? English translation of this is kind of awkward: What is heard? Everything in order?

Because of this it would be great to have direct Polish-Hebrew courses, but there's no one to make it :(

My advice is it depends on how much time you can spend on this. If you want to get a decent understanding of Polish language you need to try to think in all three languages and remember that what Duolingo expects is not always the most natural answer unfortunately. It would help you a lot to use other sources together with Duolingo, maybe some website about grammar, I don't know any site for Polish but some people in the forum sometimes post good links. also join facebook group for students of Polish language https://www.facebook.com/groups/DuolingoPolish/

If you don't want to invest time it's probably better to not do it at all. Polish grammar is known to be quite complex, and Duolingo doesn't really teach it properly, it was designed for simple courses list English-Spanish.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Roy671818

Thanks mate, My time is limited and the duolingo is pefect for that(I don't have time to learn polish in a class) - when I feel a bit more confident with my basic polish I will try to pratice by dubed TV Shows maybe.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BrunagiDo

Polish is good, my mum is polish and me

1 week ago
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