https://www.duolingo.com/profile/abdouburi

new to polish

i have just started learning polish, and i have to say it's a challenging language any tips i can use to make my learning experience smooth?

July 23, 2019

14 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Carley_TV

Hi! (I native speaker of polish) Below you will find a handful of useful tips how to learn Polish and don't get tired too much :) Ready? Here we go!. 1.Regularity is the key to success! Make a plan how much time a day you want to spend on learning Polish. Write it on a piece of paper and attached in a visible place (for example to your fridge). It's easer to find time to repeat new words or practise grammar every day for 30 min than do it once a week for 3 hours.

2.Don’t Obsess Over Grammar (At First) Polish grammar, while important, is not something that can be mastered quickly. After all, it is of one the main reasons why Polish tends to be included in the lists of the hardest languages for English speakers to learn. Fortunately, in most situations, you don’t necessarily need to use all the perfect case endings to make yourself understood. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes and focus on communication rather than striving for absolute flawlessness. To stay motivated, I recommend that you prioritize learning new words and expressions over grammar. In this way, your Polish will gain momentum and you will quickly be able to feel that you can say and understand more than you would the other way around. And once you feel motivated and empowered, it will be easier to tackle the intricate maze of seven Polish cases and five grammatical genders.

3.Watch TV shows, movies, read newspapers and magazines.

4.Use a flashcards. Flashcards are an incredibly useful and flexible resource for teaching vocabulary. Write a vocabulary word on the front and its Polish definition on the back. You can also create flashcards on your mobile phone, computer or tablet. It's small, so you can take with you and revise words on the way to work, waiting in a queue at the store etc. This is the 30 minutes of everyday work on the language.

July 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/abdouburi

thank you so much this was incredibly informative i have a question : should i be using diolingo only to learn polish or should i use a lot of apps?

July 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Carley_TV

I do not know what Polish language looks like on duolingo, but I think you can also use other applications to learn Polish.

July 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/B0900223

1). Installing a polish keyboard on your computer helps. It helps you memorize the accents instead of memorizing their location on the screen. 2). I also recommend getting used to typing out 6 consonants in a row. This is something that we don't deal with often in English but it is somewhat common in Polish 3). Don't let the high number of Zs worry you. The number of Zs in Polish can overwhelm an English speaker. The letter has 2 different accents and can be combined with many other letters to create different sounds. This is why it appears so often. 4). This may be the most important tip. Recognize how every individual letter sounds. Once you notice the pattern, the listening exercises become easy and speaking the language becomes doable. This skill takes some time to learn but it is essential for learning Polish 5). learn the grammar rules. Each world has multiple forms. Memorizing when to use each form of the word seems tough but just like learning the sound of each letter, you will notice the grammar patterns.

If you have any questions let me know. I've been learning Polish for a month now and I am happy to help any newcomers.

July 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/abdouburi

first of all thank you for the tips as for the questions i only have some:since you've been learning polish for a month now, are you enjoying learning polish?how did you keep yourself motivated to keep learning it?and how much can you speak after a month?

July 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/B0900223

I can piece together simple sentences. I can't read long strings of text or understand what people are saying. seeing how I understand how letters are pronounced for the most part and I know some of the grammar rules I can write down the words to audio recordings really well. This helps when using duoling but it does not help me understand Polish. I can pick out words and phrases I recognize and try to get some context and maybe understand a sentence or two out of a paragraph.

To answer if I am enjoying Polish, I'd have to say yes. Using duolingo is relaxing and its fun to do in my down time. The hardest part about learning Polish is finding free resources to use. Duolingo is excellent in this regard. I stay motivated because I have been to Poland once and would like to go back one day. If I can go back knowing the language I feel my experience will be better than the first time. I guess that answers your second question.

Learning Polish on duolingo can be as educational or as fun as you want to make it. For maximum learning I recommend using the desktop version if possible. It is easier to use in my opinion and keeps me more focused. I also installed a Polish keyboard on my computer and that makes the process more easier. Doing little things to make learning the language easier is very helpful and can keep you motivated. For advice to keep you motivated, I suggest taking a break whenever you feel burnt out or frustrated. Don't torture yourself trying to finish a lesson. You won't learn anything and you'll lose motivation.

July 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/abdouburi

should i rely on diolingo only?

July 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/B0900223

To learn grammar more effectively look at patterns. For example, when a title Is being given, the suffix kem or kiem will be placed at the end of a word. If I wanted to say "I am a grandfather", I'd say, "Jestem dziadkiem." You also Have to memorize different forms of verbs. for the present here are the endings to words I've learned so far. Ja - ę or m ty - sz wy - cie on/ona - oni - ą my - my You generally add those suffixes to the end of the word, some words have exceptions and you'll just have to memorize those. Also note that you don't have to say Ja, ty, wy or my before the verb as the endings will let the listener know what you are talking about. I learned these by noticing patterns on duolingo. To notice patterns I highly recommend looking for differences in sentence structure between English and Polish. If something is different, you'll focus on it, if it isn't different, you don't need to learn it as you already know it.

July 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/B0900223

No. Absolutely not. Duolingo cannot give you enough vocabulary to become completely fluent in a language. It can make you conversationally fluent to where you can get by, but you will need more to truly learn the language. Definitely look for polish media so you can hear how it sounds. Duolingo is good for starting, but you will need to do outside work to grasp the language as a whole.

July 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/abdouburi

thank you so much but how can i learn the grammar more effectively do you have any tips on that?

July 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MassoudSR

Welcome on board :) Very nice of Carley_TV and her advices to everyone here. If you only Duolingo my advice is the following: 1- Do every single lesson and do not jump over any before you start a new lesson and do the strengthening exercise . And all that regularly everyday. 2- Print out the tips and notes and read and learn them. 3- Write every new sentence and read them loudly. This helps the brain to remember much better. It would be very effektive if you do it at the same time you are doing the lessons. This until the tips and notes runs out, then you can start thinking of using other sources also. For me Duolingo is highly addictive even if its Polish course is not the best comparing to Spanish course for example.

Enjoy learning Polish because it is a fantastic language

July 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SimonBorys

Hi Abdourburi. If you seriously want to put some time in read "fluent forever" and use Anki flash cards as a companion to help memorise words. The book gives great hints on language a learn, a fair amount of it can be applied to polish. Good Luck.

July 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/abdouburi

i gave up on a lot of language like German for example but i am not planning on doing the same with polish so i am taking your recommendations seriously and thanks a lot however if you don't mind me asking i can't find a pdf for the book you recommended so can you please send it to me in some way thank you.

July 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ann356814

I think you shouldn't think about polish grammar. (Nie powinieneś myśleć o polskiej gramatyce). Just learn sentences by hard- duo is good teacher. (po prostu ucz się zdań na pamięć- duo jest dobrym nauczycielem).

July 30, 2019
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