I have a dilemma.
It is pretty much halfway through the year and I’ve now been learning Polish for a year and a half. My level is very low although I more or less understand how the language works and how to construct a basic sentence.
I know the basics, I can order food, introduce myself, exchange a few pleasantries, but I can’t have an interesting conversation. My language level is way, way, way to low.
I’m not bothered by my level as I haven’t spent much time with the language, and I know what I need to do to improve.
The steps I know I need to take would be :
1. Spend the next week ensuring I know the basic verbs and revise basic vocabulary.
2. Find a conversation partner/teacher and spend several hours a week talking.
I know what I need to do to improve. I also know that although Polish is difficult, it is not impossible. In fact the more Polish I have learned, the more interesting I have found it and the more it makes sense.
For the record I think that you probably need triple the time to learn Polish as opposed to a language like Italian.
The problem is that I have no need to speak Polish, no trips to Poland planned (or likely) and am not surrounded by Polish speakers. In other words although I like the language, I lack the impetus I require to make decent progress.
Conversely with Italian, I’ve made friends (on the internet) and talk regularly. My level is improving constantly.
And so I don’t know whether it is worth continuing in the same vein (i.e. learning bit by bit) , because while I know the steps I need to take to actually be able to speak the language, I’m unlikely to take them. I don’t have unlimited spare time.
I really can’t decide what to do. I don’t want to stop learning Polish, but at the same time am starting to feel frustrated by my lack of progress. And yet, I don’t have time to commit to another evening (or two) chatting (or trying to) in Polish (as well as Italian and Spanish).
And yet that is exactly what I need to do.