I interviewed one of my friends who learned Polish. He studied Polish as an adult and learned it to the fluency level.
In his posts he tells you what he did to learn Polish. Further he tells you why some people do not learn a language and lastly gives some advice on how to learn a language.
Here is the web address of my other site which has this interview in four parts. The first part is the most boring and you can skip to the second part of the interview if you would like, which is the meat of the interview.
After reading this interview please come back and leave your impression on it. Also let me know how you personally learned Polish if you have already.
If you are starting to learning Polish
If you are just starting out learning Polish, take heart, you can speak the language. It just take a little bit of motivation and the right method.
I personally moved to Poland and speak Polish now. I learned it myself. I think my friend in the interview speaks Polish much better than I. I am more the cobbler who wears the worst shoes. That is not true, but he is at a higher level. I speak Polish all day long, watch movies and read books in Polish and write in Polish, it’s just that I have to improve my grammar a bit. I want to sound like Adam Mickiewicz, but in Polish talk more like Arthur Fonzarelli, which is not bad.
OK read the Interview with a Polish speaker and let me know what you think.
Update: On how a normal person can learn the language of the Poles
I moved back to the USA after living Poland for many years and my passion for the language or people have not decreased. It is a funny thing, even though I am not great with languages it has stuck in my brain. I have not forgotten it. I think people who learn it with rules and the proper way to not retain the information as well when they stop using it. People who use unconventional methods I think are more prone to losing it.
7 Tricks to learn Polish
- Learn words and memorizes them by drilling them with repetitive listing to mp3s.
- Listen to these Mp3s on your sofa or when falling a sleep, let them sink in.
- Focus on words or just pieces of words and see what happens after that. Break the words up into small bits. One Polish word is like three English words.
- Use mnemonics to help the words stick to your memory. Draw the words with your figure in the air or in your imagination anything that words.
- Poles are not used to foreigners speaking their language so do not be intimidated by their mocks on you, keep a straight face and keep talking.
- Do not regress and let them practice English with you.
- Watch YouTube for Polish songs and try to get the rhythm of the language.
If you have questions just ask.