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How to learn Polish and any other language


I am presenting here some interesting ideas about learning foreign languages. You have to choose the right method for yourself. It also depends on the language. For Polish language I think all of these methods will work.

In the section Children stories in Polish I have given links to some children stories in Polish and English translation together with mp3 in Polish for the whole text. This is one of the best methods, read one sentence in a foreign language and check the translation. Read the same sentences many times, until you remember them. This method eliminates completely the necessity to learn grammar. Your language will be more fluent and the accent better, provided that you listen carefully to the pronunciation. If you cannot find mp3 with the recording of your favourite ebook use Ivona Reader. This is a text-to-speech program that will read for you in Polish. It is the best text-to-speech program so far, with human voices www.ivona.com. You can write your words or a whole text, choose the voice and press play. The program will read the text for you. You can do it online. However if you download the program you will have more options such as control of the speed. You can slow down the speed of reading or speed it up. You can also export the text to mp3. Then take your mp3 player with you for a walk and listen again and again.

 

If you want to learn how to study effectively check effective study habits.

 

"First Polish Reader for beginners bilingual for speakers of English" with Polish Audio files

This is a great bilingual book to help you begin your journey with the Polish language. It has simple and funny Polish texts with parallel English translation. The level is elementary and pre-intermediate. Texts describe real life situations such as meeting people, studying, job searches or working. Remember words from the contest. Texts are composed in such a way that each sentence consists of words that were already explained in previous chapters. Audio files are available on lppbooks.com for free download.

"Bilingual Tale in English and Polish - Frog"

Parallel translation, sentence by sentence Polish and English.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"My First Bilingual Book-Colours (English-Polish)"

Parallel translation, sentence by sentence Polish and English.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"My First Bilingual Book-Jobs (English-Polish)"

Parallel translation, sentence by sentence Polish and English.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Other methods to improve your vocabulary is to find a word from which some other words derive and check in the dictionary all words with the same word stem. E.g. from the word SUN you can make: sunglasses, sunset, sunny, sunshine etc. There are also dictionaries that can do it for you. Interesting are also thematic dictionaries, where you can study only words from the subject of your interest.

 

 

"The Polish-English Dictionary of Slang and Colloquialism" by Maciej Widawski and Robert Urbanski

If you want to learn real Polish then this slang dictionary is for you. This is a collection of all possible "bad" words. The author collected most of them from films. He gives examples how to use words in sentences and most of sentences are examples from different films.

 

"The Oxford Picture Dictionary English-Polish Edition" by Norma Shapiro and Jayme Adelson-Goldstein

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Polish vocabulary for English speakers - 9000 words" by Andrey Taranov

Knowing and understanding around 9000 Polish words will give you the ability to read and write with only the minimal use of a dictionary.

 

 

 

 

 



A program called Supermemo can help you to learn vocabulary. It can remember which words you have already learned and will schedule for you when to learn new words. I highly recommend this program. Check Supermemo website to learn more about this program. There are also many articles about memory, myths of memory and learning, how good sleep can increase your memory, how memory works and many others. Here is an article How Supermemo works.

 

Elementary level A1-A2 and intermediate level B1 of Polski Bez problemu! Supermemo.

 

"The course Polski. Bez problemu!+" is part of a series of "No problem," of which the program to learn English has been favored by the computer magazine PC Format with the award of "Best Quality/Price".

 

  • CD-ROM contains a set of MP3 recordings

  • Exercises with an answer key

  • Grammar explanations

  • Dialogues and texts that presents the meaning of words and expressions

  • Practical English-Polish and Polish-English dictionaries
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    Knowledge of the language at the A1-A2 level makes it possible to communicate with the use of basic vocabulary. The range of competencies according to the guidelines set by the Council of Europe.

     

     



    Other good program is RosetaStone, which claims to teach you any language in the way that children learn, no grammar, only sentences.

     

    Rosetta Stone is a computer-assisted language learning software. It uses images, text, sound, and video to teach words and grammar by spaced repetition, without translation.

     

    Rosetta Stone calls their approach Dynamic Immersion. In this method the student pairs a text passage, sound, image, or video with one of four potential matches.

     

    For example, the software shows the student four photographs. A native speaker makes a statement that describes one of the photographs, and the statement is printed on the screen; the student chooses the photograph that the speaker described. In another variation, the student completes a textual description of a photograph.

     

    In writing exercises, the software provides an on-screen keyboard to make it easier to type characters that are not in the Latin alphabet.

     

    Grammar lessons cover grammatical tense and grammatical mood.

     

    If the student has a microphone, the software can attempt to evaluate word pronunciation.

     

     



    Pimsleur program is an excellent program that includes no book, there are only mp3s, each lesson is around 30 minutes. Every lesson starts with a dialog in a foreign language and then it is broken up into pieces, even syllables to help you to learn the perfect pronunciation.

    To improve the vocabulary you can also do it by means of songs. Choose your favourite song and remove from it some words. Then in the empty places write the words that you want to learn. Try to sing the song with new words. You will remember them within a short time.

     

     

     



    For people who like to experiment with learning methods I can recommend the book "Superlearning 2000" by Sheila Ostrander and Lynn Schroeder. This book describes how to use music to achieve your goals. It includes a chapter about learning languages with classical music. I have tried some of the techniques recommended and I must say that they really work.

    You can buy this book from Amazon. They also have Kindle Version. Superlearning 2000: New Triple Fast Ways You Can Learn, Earn, and Succeed in the 21st Century.



     

    After reading the book Superlearning 2000 I made some experiments with relaxing music. I tried to find a method to learn at least 100 foreign words per day. I learned also about Binatural Beats that help to synchronise brain hemispheres. These are special sounds that help the brain to concentrate better, learn more easily, sleep better and many other positive effects. I also experimented with breathing patterns. Thanks to this I could learn around 120 French words per day. Of course some of them I forgot the next day, but at least 90% I could remember. For the next few days I repeated the words from the previous days, until I remembered all of them. I used the relaxation music and regular breathing. Here is a video I've made for everyone who wants to try this method.

     

    subliminal music to learn vocabulary

     

     

    You can also use Theta Binatural Beats without any music. It will help you to relax and to study faster. One of the most famous programs that can generate such sounds is Brainwave Generator.

    Theta brainwaves are considered extremely relaxing brainwave activity that is commonly associated with sleep and dreaming and deep relaxation. Theta brainwaves are high in amplitude and cycle within the range of 4 -- 8 Hz and are usually generated in the brains right hemisphere.

    Theta brain waves typically range from 4 Hz to 8 Hz. Theta brain waves are associated with the "subconscious mind" and are usually produced in the right-hemisphere of the brain - as opposed to beta brain waves, which are produced in the left-hemisphere and are associated with the "conscious mind." The brain creates theta brain wave rhythms each time you are in "dream sleep." Also, during R.E.M. [Rapid-Eye Movement] sleep, the brain is full of theta brain wave activity.

     

    Nearly 3/5 of your entire time spent sleeping at night involves the production of theta brain waves in your brain. Many individuals also are able to access theta brain waves when they are: driving for a long stretch on the highway, practicing their meditation routine, using a self-hypnosis recording, or practicing other forms of deep relaxation. When you are able to consciously access the alpha brain waves state, you are just one step away from accessing the depths of theta.

    What's cool about theta brain waves is the fact that they allow you to connect with your "subconscious mind." The subconscious mind is the place where all experiences, long-term memories, natural creativity, powerful emotions, spiritual connections, and inspiration are all stored.

    You need to use earphones to listen to this and the volume should be low.

     

    Do you have any other methods to learn foreign languages?

     

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