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Dana Bielec
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22 Nov 2001 0415224373 978-0415224376 1st Edition

Basic Polish presents concise explanations of grammar with related exercises, to build confidence in using the modern language.

Assuming no previous knowledge of Polish, its step-by-step approach guarantees the reader a thorough grounding in the basics of its grammar. Each of the forty units introduces a particular grammar point and provides a variety of exercises to enable the student to practice what they have learnt.

Features include:

* notes on the Polish alphabet, pronunciation and stress
* full answer key to all exercises
* Polish-English glossary.

Dana Bielec is the author of the popular Polish: An Essential Grammar, also published by Routledge.

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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1st Edition edition (22 Nov 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415224373
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415224376
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This useful book displays the same methodical, systematic, and jargon-free approach to Polish grammar as the author's earlier Polish: An Essential Grammar ... Basic Polish will be a welcome addition to the Polish language market, in which Routledge is gradually establishing itself as a major player.' - John Michael Bates

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a grammar book 5 July 2009
I disagree with the other reviewer. Perhaps the problem is the title of this book. "Basic Polish" in big letters, but beneath this, a grammar and workbook in small letters - which is what the book is actually about.

It won't teach you Polish, only how the cases are applied, through multiple examples. It is the repetitiveness of the examples that generates the benefits. This book is probably geared at someone with more than around 20-30 hours polish lessons behind them. At this point, basic words cease to be as useful as they were and you're looking to construct sentences. Probably, your teacher will have introduced you to some basic cases like the accusative or the locative, which may confuse you as there are some many different declinations even within the same case. however, this is when the book becomes very useful.

It also helps reinforce your vocabulary, because new words are repeated in later later chapters and there's a basic dictionary at the back (polish - english only).

So, not a first choice book for a learner as it's dry material. Instead, try ordering Hurra po polsku. However, this is a useful companion as and when your teacher introduces each new case.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Purchase 29 Dec 2009
This book gives concise, bite-size explanations of Polish grammar, with tests following each section to ensure that you understand the material. It takes a very convoluted subject, and attempts to make it manageable to the novice learner. Each of the sections (40 in all) are quite short, which makes the material seem less daunting, and allows the learner to test their skills frequently. Most other books on this subject which I have encountered just appear to present pages and pages of tedious, never-ending grammatical rules, and this book is a refreshing change. I wouldn't suggest attempting to learn Polish using this text alone, but I would strongly advise anyone wanting to learn the language to add this to their arsenal.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too demanding vocabulary 22 April 2010
The book provides good explanations of grammatical issues but the exercises are based on a very wide scope of vocabulary, too wide for a beginner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Rosetta Stone 24 May 2012
By Camo J
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I've been banging my head against Polish grammar for over a year. I wish I'd have bought this book sooner!

It's a grammar workbook - chapters are very specific and lay out all the rules to complete the exercises with. I know that when I've finished working through it I'll be a polish grammar master! I would recommend this book for beginners or advanced beginners.
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