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smurf Threads: 52
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  ♂   Apr 7, 2011, 11:59am  #1

I think I've hit the wall with my cd roms, they're boring the shite outta me with the constant say and repeat bullshlt, can anyone recommend a couple of text books that are used to learn the Polish lingo.

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  ♂   Apr 7, 2011, 09:52pm  #2

The 'Hurra Po Polsku' books seem quite good. Were I a more diligent learner who opened mine more often I could give a better assessment, but I'm lazy. This is my fault, not that of the books.

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  ♂   Apr 7, 2011, 11:38pm  #3

Hurra po polsku is all in Polish and intended for classroom and teacher.

A couple of inexpensive Polish books in English for self-learners, made in Poland, are "Polish in four weeks" and Supermemo's "Polski bez problemu!". Both have 2-3 levels.

smurf Threads: 52
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  ♂   Apr 8, 2011, 10:26am  #4

thanks lads :) I'll look them up.

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  ♂   May 16, 2011, 03:05am  #5

Merged: What's the best book for Polish language learners?

I heard the textbooks from The School of Polish for Foreigners in the University of £ód¼ are the best. Anybody have suggestions?

wannabewitcher Threads: 1
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  ♂   May 16, 2011, 03:18am  #6

Right now I'm using Michel Thomas audio tapes/books and Ivona Text-to-Speech for pronunciation/reading help

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  ♀   May 16, 2011, 03:54pm  #7

I have bought a lot of books. Very good are from Universitas, but these are quite difficult. I have almost all and very good when I need to check something in the grammar.

I also have the Teach Yourself one but I don't like it.

After buying a lot of books and learning for 4-5 years now I can tell you that (for me) the best books is:

Polish in 4 weeks.

The name shows that this is a travel guide kind book, but not. Very detailed. The 2 books contain B1 level grammar and vocabulary. I am trying now to learn from A-Z because I prepare for B1 exam. Looks super.

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  ♂   May 16, 2011, 05:44pm  #8

HI Veronika,
I don't want to attack you or anything, but B1 after 4 years of studying? Aren't things going a bit too slow?

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  ♂   Sep 12, 2012, 03:38am  #9

Merged: any good polish language learning books?

okay, so i read similar questions like these before and many people said good things about "hurra po polsku" and "lonley planet polish"


so i started reading about these, and an a costumer's review, he said hurra po polsku is all in polish; is that true?
if i were to buy it, would i have bought something usless to me?
also these "a1s" and "a2s" keep popping up, what are they and is there any series that goes up to the highest?

i can read in spanish, so if there's any spanish-polish book that's really good, pleese put that up



and the "lomely planet" how does that teach polish"? is it any good?



if you have any other books, pleese tell me and post how they teach the language too


and please do not put up any pdf files, because i just want an all natural book.

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  ♂   Sep 12, 2012, 07:53am  #10

When learning a language, there's a standard level of grades. Book publishers use this to tell you what level the material is aimed at.

A0 is absolute beginner, then A1 and A2 are the elementary and pre-intermediate stages. From there, B1 and B2 take you to an intermediate level, and C1 and C2 cover Advanced and Proficiency. You'll be looking for A0 or A1 books.

Hurra Po Polsku, while glossily printed with colour photos, is pretty much useless for teaching YOURSELF Polish. It's designed as a classbook, to be followed with a teacher; there's lots of groupwork exercises in there too. So for home study it's a waste of money.

Unfortunately Polish is an unloved language; there aren't many resources out there that simply and logically introduce you to the language. The best start is the free download First Year Course from Pennsylvania University: polish.slavic.pitt.edu

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  ♂   Sep 12, 2012, 09:02pm  #11

whitopian1:
if i were to buy it, would i have bought something usless to me?

No, it is a good book, but you would need to use it with a polish teacher.

whitopian1:
he said hurra po polsku is all in polish; is that true?

Yes

Here is a link to a blog in spanish teaching a few things in polish.

http://hablarpolaco.blogspot.ie/?view=classic

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  ♂   Sep 14, 2012, 11:58am  #12

TBH I've found most books are dull, and all have that boring element of learning lists of words. I've tried many different books, and I get bored of them very quickly. The conversations are so plastic and unreal in most cases, and the exercises have you write about things you'd probably never write about in real-life, like "What is your opinion on women's fashion?".

I've learnt more by just reading and watching real language content, and making notes of things I don't understand and then getting a grammar book and dictionary out and learning things I think I will find useful. You'd be surprised how much you can just pick up by reading stuff you are interested in (even if you initially you don't understand much of what you are reading).

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  ♂   Sep 14, 2012, 09:48pm  #13

wrobl:
H I've found most books are dull, and all have that boring element of learning lists of words. I've tried many different books, and I get bored of them very quickly. The conversations are so plastic and unreal in most cases, and the exercises have you write about things you'd probably never write about in real-life, like "What is your opinion on women's fashion?". I've learnt more by just reading and watching real language content, and making notes of things I don't understand and then getting a grammar book and dictionary out and learning things I think I will find useful. You'd be surprised how much you can just pick up by reading stuff you are interested in (even if you initially you don't understand much of what you are reading).


You are correct. What do you like to read/watch?

pawian Threads: 158
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  ♂   Sep 15, 2012, 12:26am  #14

smurf:
can anyone recommend a couple of text books

Don`t be silly and get rid of text books. Take up Polish literature instead:

for reading: sciaga.pl/tekst/4337-5-pan_tadeusz_xiii_ksiega

and listening: zabix.wrzuta.pl/audio/9Ksh02x8pf8/xiii_ksiega_pana_tadeusza_-_w_wykonaniu_daniela_olbrychskiego

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  ♂   Sep 15, 2012, 12:42am  #15

I gave Hurrah po Polsku a go earlier this year; it's eye-bleedingly awful.

I can recommend 'Colloqial Polish' by Boleslaw W. Mazur. It does a good job of gradually introducing things. I found a lot of books are either at too much of a beginner level to adequately cover the grammatical concepts that make Polish quite different to English, or they smash the concepts into your face with a load of incomprehensible jargon. This one seems quite good though.

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  ♀   Mar 21, 2013, 02:44am  #16

Do you know books from Assimil company? I think they are the best, but it is a French company, some languages have English translation but I think Polish only has French translation. On one page there are Polish sentences and on the oposite page there is translation, no grammar, no vocabulary, only full sentences. All is recorded on CDs that come with the book. I used this book to learn Dutch and Vietnamese, I can highly recomend it, but of course if you don't speak any French then it would not be for you. You can also try http://polish.study-time.org/polish-software.htm there are reviews of books to learn Polish.

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  ♀   May 8, 2013, 12:22am  #17

I would also recommend "Hurra po polsku" seria as very first books to start learning Polish, but I'm afraid you need then some help of a teacher to it as opinions of my students are, but it is really worthto try with these books! :)



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