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How to Speak and Learn Polish?

You’ve heard many times that Polish is a difficult language to learn. However, if you start learning it regularly and master the basic phrases, it will become easier and easier over time. it is quite possible to speak it with a little bit of work.
The best way to start is to learn how to pronounce the Polish alphabet. If you can do this, pronunciation will not be a problem for you. Later on, you can move on to the pronunciation of simple words which will be useful in later conversations. However, you should remember to repeat the Polish language lessons every day. Then the effects will be satisfactory.

Get to Know What the Polish Language Sounds Like.

At the beginning of the journey, you need to get to know what Polish sounds like. Preferably listen to Polish podcasts, watch videos or Polish films or series. You need to accustom your brain to new sounds. This way it will be easier for you to learn the Polish alphabet. It may seem contradictory to listen to Polish sounds before learning the language, however it will help your brain ease into the language.If you follow this first step, your brain will find it easier to move on to the next part, which is learning the Polish alphabet and pronunciation.

Learn the Polish Alphabet and the Pronunciation

Start with the letters pronounced as in English. Although many of the letters are the same, their pronunciation differs. This will probably be your first surprise. However, there are 14 consonants that sound basically the same in Polish as they do in English: b, d, f, g, h, k, l, m, n, p, r, s, t, and z.
The Polish alphabet is based on the Latin alphabet and has 9 vowels and 23 consonants. At first, I’m sure when you saw the Polish alphabet you wondered how those strange letters with the stamps were pronounced. Some have dashes or tails.
In addition to the letters you already know, you’ll also find nine Polish letters with diacritics:

  • the tail known as ogonek (ą, ę);>
  • the acute accent or kreska (ć, ń, ó, ś, ź);
  • the kropka(ż);
  • the stroke (ł).

Mastering Polish Pronunciation

The next step is to practice pronunciation. you can start with simple Polish phrases that you will find useful in Polish conversations, such as:

  • Dzień dobry. {jeyn DOB-ry}
  • Cześć! {tch-esh-ch}
  • Jak się masz? {yahk sheng mah-sh}
  • Dziękuję, dobrze. {jenkoo-yeng dob-zhe}

The good news is that Polish is a phonetic language. This means that we read it the way it is written. However, this does not mean that confident reading methods do not prevail.
When you deepen your knowledge of Polish and learn the most basic words, you develop an easier way to speak more fluently. The more words you know, the closer you are to being conversational.If you want to get satisfactory results quickly and do not want to waste time with unnecessarily difficult words, learn the best-known and most frequently used words in the Polish language. You can make a challenge by learning two new words every day. Imagine that after two months you will be able to understand half of any communication in the Polish language.

Start Speaking Polish on the First Day

Everyone knows that there is no better way to learn a language through speaking. The quicker your speech apparatus becomes familiar with words, the more fluent you will be able to speak. And speaking Polish makes no exception.
Everyone who learns a new language has a fear of speaking. However, by starting to speak on the first day, we can get rid of this fear and gain confidence.

Learn Polish in Every Day

We know that all the previous steps make sense if we are consistent in what we do. That’s why learning Polish every day, will allow you to develop your oral and written skills.
Start with 15-20 minutes a day to help your brain get used to it. You can increase this time each day, but don’t study for more than an hour a day. Remember to take breaks too. Don’t learn by heart in order to forget. Such learning is of the least benefit and you will get discouraged very quickly.

Practice Reading and Writing in Polish

Remember also to practise writing or speaking in Polish also allows you to learn quickly and effectively and keeps the Polish language fresh in your mind.
Unfortunately, if you don’t practice your Polish language learning, everything can quickly fall out of your head.

To sum up all the steps, you can learn Polish on your own, but you must remember to be systematic. Or you can join an online Polish language course at Polka Dot School. It will help you learn faster and you will gain faster speaking experience. Our teachers will help you understand Polish better.

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