I went to a Polish shop and there were some ladies chatting and having a nice conversation and I listened carefully and understood nearly every word of it. I could also read the ingredients on the polish labels. I was really excited. I've worked hard everyday for five months on Duolingo and it really works. Thanks D!
That really sounds amazing. Did you already know some basic Polish before Duolingo, and do you have a Slavic language background?
Thank you for the lingot. Yes, my parents are both polish, but me and my mum don't really speak polish to each other, and we are estranged from my dad and all family members. Before starting D I knew about ten random words. It was quite awkward in the beginning and I still don't practice my polish with her, as it reminds her of some bad experiences. I guess it was easier for me as even if you've forgotten something, it still remains in your subconsious memory bank, and once you are exposed to it, it comes out a bit. I was completing various skills and I remember thinking, oh I remember this word, and oh I know what that means! Btw I'm 14. I lost most of my polish by the time I was 8.
Hello! I see, you have experience with means to start listen and speak with real people. Duolingo won't do the whole job for you but it is an excellent starting point. I recommend this site to start talking Polish. https://www.italki.com/i/DbDBEE?hl=en_us You can find a lot of partners for talking. It is very easy for English speakers, because English is very popular among native polish speakers.
For example look at Benny Lewis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0x2_kWRB8-A
And Gratulacje za trzysta koron !
Hey, just wanted to point out it's "Dziękuję" :) So even if you don't use special characters (and it is definitely recommended to use them), then it's "Dziekuje". "Dzienkuje" is like an orthographic mistake.