LinguaTrek - learn Polish http://www.linguatrek.com/taxonomy/term/1/0 en How to get started learning Polish (from zero!) http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2013/02/how-to-get-started-learning-polish-from-zero <div class="diag align-right" style="float: right; width: 128px; margin: 10px 0 10px 10px"><a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/sites/www.linguatrek.com/files/imagecache/Large/image/2013/02/polishflag.jpg" rel="lightbox"><img src="http://www.linguatrek.com/sites/www.linguatrek.com/files/imagecache/Small/image/2013/02/polishflag.jpg" alt="Soldier in front of the Polish flag" title="Photo by the UK Ministry of Defence" /></a><div class="caption"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/48399297@N04/6976583081">Photo</a> by the <a href="http://www.flickr.com/people/defenceimages/">UK Ministry of Defence</a></div></div> <p>When you're first starting a new language, everything is unfamiliar. There is sooo much that you don't know, it's hard to know where to get started.</p> <p>The truth is: there's a million ways to get started... and most of them will probably work. However, some may go smoother than others. :-)</p> <p><strong>Today I'm going to give you my <em>personal recommendation</em> - based on my experience learning Polish!</strong></p> <p>Of course, I've already written <a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/category/language-learning/learn-polish">lots of articles about learning Polish</a> that would be useful.</p> <p>Unfortunately, as a blog, these articles aren't organized in any particular way. When someone asks me for advice on getting started, I have usually have to send them at least a half dozen links. :-)</p> <p>Today I'm going to organize this information into a short, step-by-step guide!</p> <p><strong>Read more for 5 simple steps to getting started with Polish!</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2013/02/how-to-get-started-learning-polish-from-zero" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2013/02/how-to-get-started-learning-polish-from-zero#comments learn Polish Tue, 12 Feb 2013 15:00:00 +0000 David Snopek 241 at http://www.linguatrek.com Review: Polygloto Polish http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2011/11/review-polygloto-polish <p><em>This is the fifth installment in a <a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/taxonomy/term/7,1">series</a> of reviews of products for learning Polish.</em></p> <div class="diag align-right" style="float: right; width: 160px; margin: 10px 0 10px 10px"><a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/sites/www.linguatrek.com/files/imagecache/Large/image/2011/11/polygloto.gif" rel="lightbox"><img src="http://www.linguatrek.com/sites/www.linguatrek.com/files/imagecache/Small/image/2011/11/polygloto.gif" alt="Polygloto logo" title="" /></a></div> <p><a href="http://www.polish.polygloto.com/">Polygloto Polish</a> is an online Polish language course created by <a href="http://www.6ka.pl/">6ka.pl</a>, one of the largest online language learning portals for Poles.</p> <p><strong>Read more for the full review!</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2011/11/review-polygloto-polish" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2011/11/review-polygloto-polish#comments review learn Polish Tue, 01 Nov 2011 15:00:00 +0000 David Snopek 98 at http://www.linguatrek.com Learn Polish in Poland: Lengua Viva http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2011/10/learn-polish-in-poland-lengua-viva <div class="diag align-right" style="float: right; width: 160px; margin: 10px 0 10px 10px"><a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/sites/www.linguatrek.com/files/imagecache/Large/image/2011/10/germanclasslenguaviva.jpg" rel="lightbox"><img src="http://www.linguatrek.com/sites/www.linguatrek.com/files/imagecache/Small/image/2011/10/germanclasslenguaviva.jpg" alt="Young ladies sitting around a table" title="German class at Lengua Viva." /></a><div class="caption">German class at Lengua Viva.</div></div> <p>I strongly believe that <a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2011/07/you-dont-need-to-live-in-a-foreign-country-to-learn">you don't need to live in a foreign country</a> to learn its language. Personally, I learned Polish primarily in my home country.</p> <p>You can even learn a lot about a <em>foreign culture</em> from your home country. You can read the literature, watch the films, and even speak with the natives.</p> <p><strong>However, to experience certain aspects of any culture, you simply have to visit the country!</strong></p> <p>This article is about <a href="http://www.lenguaviva.edu.pl/">Lengua Viva</a>, a language school in Gdańsk, Poland which offers courses in Polish as a foreign language. Plus, <strong>they've offered a special price for readers of LinguaTrek!</strong></p> <p>(<em>Full disclosure: I have never been to Lengua Viva, so I can't personally vouch for the quality of their courses. I agreed to promote their school in exchange for a special reduced price for LinguaTrek readers. I don't personally receive any money or anything else from them.</em>)</p> <p><strong>Read more for information about the courses!</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2011/10/learn-polish-in-poland-lengua-viva" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2011/10/learn-polish-in-poland-lengua-viva#comments language school learn Polish Tue, 04 Oct 2011 15:00:00 +0000 David Snopek 95 at http://www.linguatrek.com The first grammar you should learn in Polish http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2011/08/the-first-grammar-you-should-learn-in-polish <div class="diag align-right" style="float: right; width: 160px; margin: 10px 0 10px 10px"><a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/sites/www.linguatrek.com/files/imagecache/Large/image/2011/08/schoolhousedolls.jpg" rel="lightbox"><img src="http://www.linguatrek.com/sites/www.linguatrek.com/files/imagecache/Small/image/2011/08/schoolhousedolls.jpg" alt="Model of a teacher and two students in a school house" title="&quot;It's time to learn Polish grammar, children!&quot; Photo by F Delventhal." /></a><div class="caption">"It's time to learn Polish grammar, children!" <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/13194817@N00/3167502248">Photo</a> by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/people/krossbow/">F Delventhal</a>.</div></div> <p>As <a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2010/11/dont-start-learning-polish-grammar">I've written before</a>, learning Polish shouldn't start with grammar. You should start by doing a lot of listening, learning vocabulary and maybe some speaking (possibly <a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2011/06/experiment-in-shadowing">shadowing</a>).</p> <p>While using these techniques, it's often helpful to have a <em>basic</em> understanding of Polish grammar, so you know what patterns to look for. (See <a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2010/11/polish-grammar-overview-for-complete-beginners">my overview of Polish grammar</a>.)</p> <p><strong>But, before you focus on grammar, you should first understand some fundamentals of the language.</strong> This way, the grammar will make more sense and actually <em>mean something</em> to you.</p> <p><strong>So now you've reach that point.</strong> <em>Congratulations!</em> It's time to start studying Polish grammar. :-)</p> <p>But there's so much to learn - what should you start with?</p> <p><strong>Read more for my advice!</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2011/08/the-first-grammar-you-should-learn-in-polish" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2011/08/the-first-grammar-you-should-learn-in-polish#comments grammar learn Polish Tue, 23 Aug 2011 15:00:00 +0000 David Snopek 88 at http://www.linguatrek.com How to swear like a Pole: pierd*lić http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2011/07/how-to-swear-like-a-pole-pierdoli%C4%87 <div class="diag align-right" style="float: right; width: 122px; margin: 10px 0 10px 10px"><a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/sites/www.linguatrek.com/files/imagecache/Large/image/2011/07/profanity.jpg" rel="lightbox"><img src="http://www.linguatrek.com/sites/www.linguatrek.com/files/imagecache/Small/image/2011/07/profanity.jpg" alt="Symbols - to look like censored profanity - inside a 'no' or 'not allowed' sign" title="These words should be used by experts only! Photo by stockicide on Flickr." /></a><div class="caption">These words should be used by experts only! <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55095508@N03/5137053864">Photo</a> by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55095508@N03/">stockicide</a> on Flickr.</div></div> <p>For some reason, many people are fascinated with swear words in foreign languages. Frequently, people I meet ask me how to say them in Polish. I've only given in a few times and I've always regretted it later.</p> <p>Imagine hearing someone yelling the k-word everytime they see you! Or repeating it over and over endlessly at a party.</p> <p>But <strong>swear words <em>are</em> a very interesting topic when looked at intellectually.</strong> In English, it's amazing all the different meanings that the f-word can have! Swear words are often some of the most versitile and colorful words in any language.</p> <p><strong>Today's article is a guest post by <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/skorway">skorway on YouTube</a> (who is a Pole) about all the different meanings and variations of the Polish swear word <em>pierd*lić</em>.</strong></p> <p><em>Note: That's not really how the word is spelled, the asterisk is to censor it (just like typing "f**k" in English). <strong>The full article is UNCENSORED</strong> and may not be appropriate for some readers! You have been warned.</em></p> <p><strong>Read more for the full article!</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2011/07/how-to-swear-like-a-pole-pierdoli%C4%87" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2011/07/how-to-swear-like-a-pole-pierdoli%C4%87#comments profanity learn Polish Tue, 12 Jul 2011 18:15:00 +0000 David Snopek 80 at http://www.linguatrek.com Review: Polish Through Legends http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2011/06/review-polish-through-legends <div class="diag align-right" style="float: right; width: 160px; margin: 10px 0 10px 10px"><a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/sites/www.linguatrek.com/files/imagecache/Large/image/2011/06/polishthroughlegends.png" rel="lightbox"><img src="http://www.linguatrek.com/sites/www.linguatrek.com/files/imagecache/Small/image/2011/06/polishthroughlegends.png" alt="Cover of Polish Through Legends" title="" /></a></div> <p><em>This is the fourth installment in a <a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/taxonomy/term/7,1">series</a> of reviews of products for learning Polish.</em></p> <p>Not long ago, <a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2011/05/real-polish-excellent-polish-content-for-learners">I reviewed the free content</a> on Real Polish. Today, I'm going to review one of the <strike>paid</strike> free courses (<em>Ed: this course is now free!</em>) by the same author: <a href="http://realpolish.wordpress.com/learn_polish_store/polish-through-legends-simple-stories-for-beginners/">Polish Through Legends</a>.</p> <p><strong>Read more for the full review!</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2011/06/review-polish-through-legends" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2011/06/review-polish-through-legends#comments review learn Polish Tue, 28 Jun 2011 15:00:00 +0000 David Snopek 78 at http://www.linguatrek.com 4 reasons to learn Polish! http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2011/05/4-reasons-to-learn-polish <div class="diag align-right" style="float: right; width: 160px; margin: 10px 0 10px 10px"><a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/sites/www.linguatrek.com/files/imagecache/Large/image/2011/06/flags.jpg" rel="lightbox"><img src="http://www.linguatrek.com/sites/www.linguatrek.com/files/imagecache/Small/image/2011/06/flags.jpg" alt="Row of world flags" title="Which language should I learn? Why not Polish! Photo by Enric Archivell." /></a><div class="caption">Which language should I learn? Why not Polish! <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10652225@N00/309629966">Photo</a> by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/people/enricarchivell/">Enric Archivell</a>.</div></div> <p>Motivation is <a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2011/03/the-three-ingredients-for-successful-language-learning">very important</a> when learning a language. So, it's best to learn the language which you are most interested in.</p> <p>But before you decide to learn Spanish, French or German (<em>just like everyone else</em>), consider the following reasons for learning Polish instead!</p> <p><strong>Read more for 4 reasons to learn Polish.</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2011/05/4-reasons-to-learn-polish" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2011/05/4-reasons-to-learn-polish#comments learn Polish Tue, 31 May 2011 15:00:00 +0000 David Snopek 72 at http://www.linguatrek.com Rozmowa z Piotrem na podkaście Real Polish! http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2011/05/rozmowa-z-piotrem-na-podka%C5%9Bcie-real-polish <div class="diag align-right" style="float: right; width: 160px; margin: 10px 0 10px 10px"><a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/sites/www.linguatrek.com/files/imagecache/Large/image/2011/05/radiotelescope.jpg" rel="lightbox"><img src="http://www.linguatrek.com/sites/www.linguatrek.com/files/imagecache/Small/image/2011/05/radiotelescope.jpg" alt="" title="Właśnie o tym myślę, kiedy myślę o podkastach. :-) Zdjęcie przez Tom Blackwell." /></a><div class="caption">Właśnie o tym myślę, kiedy myślę o podkastach. :-) <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/8185633@N07/4863532315">Zdjęcie</a> przez <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/tjblackwell/">Tom Blackwell</a>.</div></div> <p>Po <a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2011/05/real-polish-excellent-polish-content-for-learners">mojej recenzji</a> <a href="http://realpolish.wordpress.com/">Real Polish</a>, Piotr zaprosił mnie na rozmowę na jego podkaście. Rozmawialiśmy na temat mojego doświadczenia w nauce języka polskiego. Wyszło tak dobrze, że może będziemy w przyszłości nagrywać jeszcze podkastów. :-)</p> <p><strong>Zapraszam do słuchania <a href="http://realpolish.wordpress.com/2011/05/15/learn-polish-interesting-stuff-14-david/">tutaj</a>!</strong></p> <p><em>(Dla tych, którzy uczą się polskiego, jest tam transkrypcja.)</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2011/05/rozmowa-z-piotrem-na-podka%C5%9Bcie-real-polish" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2011/05/rozmowa-z-piotrem-na-podka%C5%9Bcie-real-polish#comments podcast Real Polish learn Polish Sun, 15 May 2011 14:17:25 +0000 David Snopek 68 at http://www.linguatrek.com Review: PolishPod101.com http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2011/05/review-polishpod101-com <div class="diag align-right" style="float: right; width: 136px; margin: 10px 0 10px 10px"><a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/sites/www.linguatrek.com/files/imagecache/Large/image/2011/05/polishpod.jpg" rel="lightbox"><img src="http://www.linguatrek.com/sites/www.linguatrek.com/files/imagecache/Small/image/2011/05/polishpod.jpg" alt="PolishPod101 logo" title="" /></a></div> <p><em>This is the third installment in a <a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/taxonomy/term/7,1">series</a> of reviews of products for learning Polish.</em></p> <p>Today I'm going to review <a href="http://www.polishpod101.com">PolishPod101.com</a>. It's a collection of audio and video lessons for beginners and advanced learners (at this time, they don't have any intermediate materials). Most of the material is <strong>available for free</strong> and includes <strong>transcripts</strong>.</p> <p><strong>Read more for the full review!</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2011/05/review-polishpod101-com" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2011/05/review-polishpod101-com#comments review learn Polish Tue, 10 May 2011 15:00:00 +0000 David Snopek 65 at http://www.linguatrek.com Real Polish: Excellent Polish content for learners! http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2011/05/real-polish-excellent-polish-content-for-learners <div class="diag align-right" style="float: right; width: 124px; margin: 10px 0 10px 10px"><a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/sites/www.linguatrek.com/files/imagecache/Large/image/2011/05/realpolish2.png" rel="lightbox"><img src="http://www.linguatrek.com/sites/www.linguatrek.com/files/imagecache/Small/image/2011/05/realpolish2.png" alt="Real Polish logo" title="" /></a></div> <p>Since far fewer people study Polish than, say Spanish, Russian or Arabic -- it can be hard to find really great material <em>in Polish</em> for <em>learners</em>.</p> <p>On the one end of the spectrum, there's no lack of textbooks, grammar references, phrasebooks or vocabulary lists. On the other end, it's easy to get books, movies or podcasts intended for native speakers of Polish. But it's difficult to find something in between.</p> <p>Today I'm going to review <a href="http://realpolish.wordpress.com/">Real Polish</a>. It's a collection of <strong>videos and podcasts</strong> (audio) -- <strong>all in Polish!</strong> -- for learners at <strong>any level</strong> (beginner, intermediate, advanced). And almost all of the material is <strong>completely free</strong>!</p> <p><strong>Read more for the full review!</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2011/05/real-polish-excellent-polish-content-for-learners" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2011/05/real-polish-excellent-polish-content-for-learners#comments review learn Polish Tue, 03 May 2011 15:00:00 +0000 David Snopek 63 at http://www.linguatrek.com