Archive | October, 2015

Is your Polish getting a little bit rusty?

13 Oct

If you haven’t used Polish for a while and want to get back to it, here is what you can do.kloce sie z polakiem

  • Make a plan and… stick to it. Set yourself a realistic study time. Even if it’s just going to be 10 minutes of working on your Polish every day, that’s fine. It’s better to study for shorter periods of time, but regularly. Think about vocabulary – you can set yourself a goal of learning 5 words a day. That doesn’t sound too bad, does it? It’s important not to overload yourself, so you can stay positive about learning Polish. It’s important it doesn’t become a chore.

Be honest with yourself, nobody is going to do it for you.

  • Remember why you’re doing it. Do you want to communicate with relatives or your partner’s family? Is it for work? Are you thinking of travelling to Poland and want to understand the language? Or have you got a particular interest, like Polish literature or cuisine? Keep the reasons in mind all the time.
  • Have respect for yourself. Anybody can learn a language. It’s just a question of time and effort. The time will pass anyway. Don’t waste it! The satisfaction at the end is going to be immense.
  • Get organised! Have everything you need in one place. Prepare flashcards and lists to take with you wherever you go. How about making a little Power Point to help you to remember the words? Then, anytime you have a spare moment, you can open it and go through the vocabulary again. The more effort you put in it, the easier your learning is going to be.
  • Surround yourself with Polish words. There are plenty of apps that you can get for free to help you to learn vocabulary. Make a list of bookmarks with useful websites that you can use when studying Polish. Put stickers around the house with words. Make sure you always have something with you that will help to revise. Access Polish differently – watch films or youtube videos, listen to Polish music, read stories and books, visit Polish websites etc. etc.
  • Identify your weaknesses and concentrate on them. Is particular conjugation difficult for you to remember? Or maybe you struggle with remembering the spelling of one long word or a phrase (przepraszam – Level 1, przesyłam pozdrowienia – Level 2, przestrzegać zasad – level 3)? Re-write it, take a picture of it, or even make a poster about this word and… study when you have a spare few minutes. It works! I promise.
  • Make friends with Poles. Reconnect with families. Keep in touch with people you might only have met once or twice. Take part in online discussions. Engage with real life activities. It will keep you motivated.
  • Read. You will be amazed how much you understand. It will bring you a lot of satisfaction. Social media is a great source of stories and phrases that will both entertain you and make you learn new vocab. Repeat them, write them down, take a picture, and come back to them as much as you can.
  • Make mistakes and… learn from them. You are getting out of your comfort zone and risking making a mistake every time you open your mouth to say something in Polish. So what? Accept the fact that it will take you quite some time before you speak without mistakes. It’s fine to make mistakes. Learn from them and try to eliminate as many of them as possible.
  • Reward yourself for your hard work. It’s not about being fluent in Polish, it’s about the progress you’re making. Nobody says that learning Polish is going to be easy. You need to acknowledge that you are working hard to get to the next stage of learning. Think about all of the people around who said that they are going to start Polish one day and never did… You are better than them.