I’ve been metaphorically speaking umming and aaring about whether or not to carry on learning Polish. I’m finding it extremely difficult. I learn a Polish word. I forget it. I read inspiring stories about language learning. Enthused I try again. I crash and burn. And so on.
I was going to quit, but then I read somewhere that 3% of the UK now speak Polish. Three percent! That is a lot of people. That is so many people that I want to know more about the language.
And so I am continuing. I am NOT going to find a conversation exchange. My level is so low that it seems pointless.
My strategy (such as it is) is to alternate between the Polish stories from Learn Real Polish and Assimil Polish. (BTW I’m recommending Polish stories not because I am affiliated in any way, but because I think they are good).
Assimil. Hmmm. I would not recommend Assimil Polish as a first course unless you either already know the basics of Polish grammar or another slavic language.
I found that the lessons moved too quickly and I struggled to understand and make sense of the grammatical structures. I like to understand why a sentence is put together so I can make my own.
For example, I found a simple sentence like Są ciastka i dobre wino ‘there are cakes and good wine’ (taken from Assimil lesson 12) confusing. I now know that ciastko ‘cake’ is a neuter noun and in the accusative plural becomes ciastka ‘cakes’. I know that wino ‘wine’ is a neuter noun and in the accusative singular dobry ‘good’ becomes dobre to agree with wino and so on. I understand the syntax.
I’m now on Assimil lesson 15 and the second time around it makes a lot more sense.
I will let you know how it goes l8r.
Ciao 4 now,