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Colloquial Polish: The Complete Course for Beginners (Colloquial Series) [Kindle Edition]

Boleslaw W. Mazur
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This new edition of the best-selling Polish course for beginners has been completely rewritten to make learning the language easier and more enjoyable than before.

Written by an experienced teacher and author, Colloquial Polish offers a step-by-step approach to the language as it is spoken and written today. No previous knowledge of Polish is required.

Features include:
* Lively dialogues
* Lots of exercises with full answer key
* Jargon-free grammar notes and a quick reference grammar
* Extensive Polish-English and English-Polish word lists

With all the language support you'll need, Colloquial Polish will soon have you speaking, reading and writing Polish with confidence.

Accompanying audio material is available to purchase separately on CD/MP3 format, or comes included in the great value Colloquials Pack. Recorded by native speakers, this will help you with your pronunciation and listening skills.

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About the Author

Retired; formerly at SSEES, University of London

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2495 KB
  • Print Length: 392 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Routledge; 3 edition (12 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.ą r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ABL601G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #474,621 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
By Laura
I've been learning Polish in an evening class for 2 years now and we've use this book as our class text book all the way through (and still haven't finished it). I started it on my own before I joined the class and found I could keep up with the explanations on my own until about chapter 6, but after that without regular practive from a class, I couldn't keep enough of what had happened before in my head to keep up with the exercises.
Also, the grammar got increasingly complex, and I'm say this from the perspective of someone with a German degree which means that I already understood a lot of the grammar to start with. However, that's not the book's fault - even German grammar is a doddle in comparison to Polish grammar - and at least at the start of the book, the explanations are comprehensive and reasonably easy to understand (I'm not so sure about the end of the book, where it tackles more difficult topics, but then I'm not sure that these topics can be comprehensively explained in less than 20,000 words).
Don't be put off though. The book does it explain it all well, and it's a good extra resource if you are taking a class and/or using other books. It's just not ideal as a single teach-yourself book. But then, I'm not convinced it's humanly possible to teach-yourself Polish from one book though, although a person with steely determination might be able to learn Polish largely based on the book - but be warned, it's going to be an uphill struggle and take longer than you expect from the size of the book. Basically, if you finish (and understand) everything in the book, you'll be fully equipped to converse in mainly correct Polish, but in order to fit all the necessary information in, it tends only to tell you stuff once, rather than offering the sort of practice you need to retain the information.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good if you have help, but not a stand-alone book 15 July 2003
I found this book a struggle to learn from by myself even though I spoke a little Polish already.
When going through the book with a native speak it was excellent. The topics helped me cover a good range of vocab with real life examples.
I recommend this book for anyone using it as part of a course or who has a Polish speaking friend/tutor to go through with it with them but not as a stand alone book to learn by yourself. There are many other books that explain how to prnounce words clear than can be found here.
There are accompanying tapes which make this book a lot more useful but these are not included and must be ordered separately.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 3 Feb. 2011
I had previously used the Slovak and Czech titles in the same series, which did give me an advantage over a complete newcomer to Slavic languages, although I really am still a beginner.
I bought the book and CDs together in one package, which is the way to get most out of the titles in this "Colloquial" series.
I bought this after one evening finding myself the only English speaker in a British supermarket, the other customers and even the checkout girl all clearly being Polish.
In my opinion, this title is a superb place to start becoming acquainted with Polish.
The paper quality used by the publisher, incidentally, is much better than that used in the Teach Yourself series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best... so far 22 Dec. 2011
I've tried teaching myself Polish several times and it is an impossibly complex language. I have about half a dozen books of this type and this is the one I keep going back to. Its explanations are better than all the others (even if sometimes the example sentences are extremely obscure) and I got to about chapter 6 before getting completely lost. The next best one is 'Polish in 4 weeks' which has more accessible conversations but not such good explanations of the grammar.

I haven't tried using this book with a group and think this might be useful and I certainly never practice enough or do all of the exercises so it is my fault that I still cannot speak to my inlaws!

I am still looking for the best teach yourself Polish book (Teach Yourself Polish isn't it!) but this is the best one I've come across so far.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A mixture of good and not-so-good 1 Feb. 2009
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Compared to other books for learning Polish, the main plus points of Colloquial Polish is that it explains the grammar points concisely, accurately and with good examples, and that is has quite good listenings with a range of voices at fairly realistic speeds (most of the time). It's also well presented with a decent, although it could be better, grammar reference at the back.
The downsides are that it has no comprehension questions for the listening or reading sections (unlike Polish in 4 weeks), that it seems to introduce things in a slightly unusual order (you learn the instrumental case before object pronouns, yet are much more likely to need to use object pronouns earlier), and there are nowhere near enough practice exercises for you to get a real feel for the grammar being taught.
I give it four stars, because it is quite decent but also because there are few other options out there. I used Dana Bielic's 'Polish: An Essential Grammar' alongside this book for more detailed grammar explanations, but am still looking for a book with more exercises to enable more grammar practice.
And will there ever be Colloquial Polish 2, just like there is Colloquial Russian 2. I hope so, because the market is screaming out for books aimed at people above beginner level, but I doubt it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Arrived quickly even though it was sent from UK to Norway. Excellent shape. Thank you! (and I really recommend that book, for those who want to learn polish).
Published 1 month ago by Ųyvind Aspenes Robak
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very happy with purchase.
Published 2 months ago by sandra-maria
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT Impressed
The book was recommended to me but unfortunately my friends didn't have the audio CD.
So I purchased the kindle version and am more than disappointed. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ewelina W.
4.0 out of 5 stars But copy was good and came realny
Expected a copy with cd as onits own it is not completed. But copy was good and came realny quick
Published 3 months ago by Oktavia79
5.0 out of 5 stars great
I'm taking a college course in this language soon and this is the book I needed. It has really helped so far
Published 13 months ago by louise checketts
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Learning aid
This was purchased for my husband who is learning Polish . He loves it. easy to follow BUT would recommend listening to the c d's at the same time. Read more
Published on 13 Jan. 2013 by Trueblue
5.0 out of 5 stars worth the buy
This book was published in 2001 but is still very useful. It is also very helpful to have a Polish speaker at hand when it comes to practicing pronounciation. Read more
Published on 17 July 2010 by Fi
4.0 out of 5 stars Good structured way to learn Polish
I have given this 4 stars as I haven't yet completed this book but the initial impression is very good. Read more
Published on 20 July 2009 by Mr. J. H. Baker
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but not ideal
Compared with other textbooks in the same series, 'Colloquial Polish' comes off pretty well. One big plus: it does not assume that every reader is a package tourist by making all... Read more
Published on 7 Jan. 2007 by common reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Polish language learning
i have found this book quite good but simply because i am studying it with my girlfriend. i was under the impression that the tapes came with the book but they do not. Read more
Published on 20 Jan. 2004 by Denis Carroll
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