Polish is a West
Slavic language and the official language of Poland. Its written standard is the
Polish alphabet which corresponds basically to the Latin alphabet with a few
additions. Polish-speakers use the language in a uniform manner through most of
Despite the pressure of non-Polish administrations in Poland which often
attempted to suppress the Polish language, a rich literature developed over the
centuries and the language is currently the largest in terms of speakers of the
West Slavic group.
( by Michel Thomas)
memorizing, no text books, no drills, no homework!
is Michel Thomas's native language and one course he didn't
produce an original course for. That said however the
presenter Jolanda Cecula does a great job here in recreating
Michel's approach. Two students are again used and although
they tend to be annoying when they get answers wrong you
will see the reason for using them is to measure your own
progress. Now an Advanced course is available.
Polish in 4 Weeks
(by M Kowalska)
course says Polish in 4 weeks, you will not be fluent but
you will certainly have a good grasp of the grammar,
pronunciation and loads of vocabulary. The book is cleverly
laid out in its presentation of the Polish language. The
language is presented in small pieces and builds
progressively to a good conversational level. The
lessons have an underlying dialogue which increases in
difficulty as you advance through the course. The
accompanying CD's really help with the tones and
pronunciation. Our reviewer suggests that you cover one
lesson a week and practice what you learn in that same week
before moving on to the next lesson, rather than try to
plough through the entirety of it in 4 weeks. This he found
to be the most effective way to learn from it.
Polish for Dummies(Daria
The "Dummies" book
series has always provided a useful and light-hearted way to
understand subjects often seen as difficult. This is
generally done in a humorous and simplistic way to
essentially demystify the subject. The Polish language
is presented in this way and it gives useful techniques and
methods for pronunciation and verb conjugation. This is your
fun and friendly guide for the Polish language and well
recommended as a supplement to other courses.
( Penton Overseas Inc)
These are similar
to the Learn in Your Car series by Henry Raymond. At first
glance these seem like rather ineffective ways of learning
as they generally comprise of an English speaker saying a
word or phrase which is followed up by a Polish lady
translating it all to a backdrop of light music. You are essentially learning by rote. As
such you play them until you scream! Yes you will learn
hundreds of words and phrases but really for beginners this
is not a good way because you are not getting an
understanding of verb structure of sentence construction.
However this is great for testing yourself while commuting
or making use of dead time to revise what you know. Vocabulearn is great for clarification of genders which
often need reinforcing! There is also Level 2 if you want more advanced learning/testing.
Polish is another language which has been well presented by
Rosetta Stone team. The complete set includes the audio
companion for downloading to mobile devices so you can
continue learning on the move. If you have read our other
Rosetta Stone reviews you will know that it follows the same
method of teaching. Learning Polish with Rosetta Stone
proved to be a very good experience if you only do no more
than an hour at a time. It can get boring and you will just
start guessing after too long.
( by Euro Talk Ltd)
Polish is another
well explained language in the Talk more range of language
learning software. This is designed for complete beginners
and leads to a respectable level of conversational skills.
There are plenty of videos which make the learning more fun.
A very good course for a basic to intermediate learning level.
( by Hania Forss, Rosi
If you are after
basic conversational Polish then this book and accompanying
CD's are a great start. Unlike many conversation courses
that are based on themes like ordering meals or buying
drinks, this focuses on the root words, like Can you help
me, What would you like, etc then leading you into the
necessary vocabulary to apply it to almost any situation. A
well-known figure in the field of language learning, Rosi
McNab has produced bestselling courses and materials for
Collins, Heinemann, Pearson Education, Hodder Education, BBC
and Goethe Institute. Her hugely successful and
ground-breaking books are currently used in primary and
secondary schools across the UK and abroad.