Editors Choice – Best Polish Language Books
Polish (język polski) is the native language of the Poles and has a rich history of being a lingua franca in Central and Eastern Europe. Today, there are about 45 million native speakers of Polish, and in addition to being the official language of Poland, it’s spoken by significant numbers of minority groups in Belarus, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Slovakia, and Ukraine. Large immigrant communities that speak this West Slavic language are also clustered in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany.
Polish is one of the official languages of the European Union, and while the Polish alphabet is based on Latin script, the language is more closely related to Czech, Slovak, and Russian. Some borrowed English words that may sound familiar in Polish, but the language also includes additional letters that aren’t in the Latin alphabet, formed with diacritics to guide pronunciation. Today, Polish is the second most widely-spoken Slavic language and unites the Polish people, from the steps of Warsaw’s gothic cathedrals to the streets of the historic city of Kraków.
With over twenty-five years of experience, Rosetta Stone understands that learning a language is a journey and not a destination. That’s why our Polish language-learning program is built to teach the language and not just the words, scaling gradually with bite-sized, contextualized lessons that build upon what you already know to introduce new concepts and vocabulary.
Why is Polish an important language to learn?
Folk costumes, pierogis, Polka music, and Polish beer might be enough for you to decide to visit the intriguing country of Poland. However, most travelers will choose to visit for the picturesque views, the tragic history, the living museums, and the fresh air that can be found in both the cities and out in the country. And yes, the food is always the main draw, whether you are searching for regional specialties filled with pork, duck, cabbage, and mushrooms, or you are looking for the sweeter apple strudels, cream cakes, and fruit filled dumplings.
Almost thirty-nine million people speak Polish in Poland, but people can also be heard speaking it in parts of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Belarus, Ukraine, and Lithuania. Therefore, you can easily find a native Polish speaker just about anywhere that you go nowadays. This is one of the most difficult languages to learn and yet it is still one that people are encouraged to learn most often. The good news is that once you learn how to speak Polish, you can easily learn languages like Czech, Slovak, Ukrainian, and Belarusian. As you learn Polish, you will find yourself intrigued by the history that goes with it and before you realize it, you will be scouring the internet, or the country, trying to learn as much as you can about the locals, their cultures, and their traditions.
Learn to speak Polish
Polish Level 1 Program – 8 hours of audio-only effective language learning with real-life spoken practice sessions. Each lesson provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation. Practice for vocabulary introduced in previous lessons is included in each lesson.
Polski, krok po kroku will immerse you in the Polish environment and you will have no choice but to use Polish all the time, in all types of everyday situations. Together with a group of friends from different countries you will live in Krakow the most popular city in Poland, a seat of learning, a city of magnificent monuments, rich cultural life and unforgettable atmosphere.
Polish can be a difficult language to master. It is pronounced phonetically and has several unique characters in its alphabet, but with Polish For Dummies in hand, you’ll find yourself speaking like a local in no time. Packed with practical lessons, handy cultural facts, and essential references (including a Polish-English mini-dictionary and lists of common verbs), this guide is specially designed to get you speaking Polish with confidence.
By the end of Complete Polish you will have a solid intermediate-level grounding in the four key skills – reading, writing, speaking and listening – and be able to communicate with confidence and accuracy. If you want to move confidently from beginner to intermediate level, this is the course for you. It’s perfect for the self-study learner, with a one-to-one tutor, or for the beginner classroom. It can also be used as a refresher course.