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  • Paperback: 442 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; Pap/Com Bl edition (27 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1119979595
  • ISBN-13: 978-1119979593
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.4 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The fast and informal way to learn to speak Polish

Packed with practical lessons, cultural facts and handy references, this book gets you up and running with everything you need to start speaking Polish with confidence. Whether you want to chat with Polish friends at home or find a Thai restaurant while in Krakow, this easy–to–use book and audio CD help you wrap your tongue (and your head) around this tricky language in no time.

  • Jump in with both feet start off with a quick primer on Polish pronunciation, grammar basics and the use of accents and inflections

  • Hit the ground running practise speaking Polish in real–world situations

  • Take it on the road be a confident visitor to Poland from taking in a museum to getting through Customs; checking into a hotel to ordering a meal

  • Get down to business get a handle on Polish business–speak and the specialised language of Polish office and worksite culture

  • Polish your Polish sharpen your conversational Polish skills with the help of ′Talkin′ the Talk′ dialogues strategically placed throughout the book

Bonus CD includes

Over 30 Polish dialogues to help you get used to spoken Polish and perfect your pronunciation.

Featuring a host of everyday words, sentences and conversations to speak aloud, this CD is an essential companion to the book.

Open the book and find:

  • The essentials of Polish pronunciation and grammar

  • Greetings, introductions, small talk and basic everyday conversation

  • All the Polish that travellersneed to know

  • Fun facts about Poland and Polish culture

  • Ways to speak Polish quickly

  • Phrases that make you sound fluent in Polish

  • Polish/English mini–dictionary

  • Lists of Polish verbs with conjugations

Learn to:

  • Speak Polish on the go in a variety ofeveryday situations

  • Communicate confidently in Polish

  • Get to grips with Polish grammar and vocabulary

Perfect your pronunciation with the audio CD

About the Author

Daria Gabryanczyk holds a degree in Teaching Modern Languages. She has taught Polish literature and Polish as a foreign language to schoolchildren, undergraduates and adults. Daria is a lecturer and an examiner for UK government institutions and London universities, as well as a publisherand a Polish Culture and Business trainer.

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Pyewacket TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 May 2012
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I am half Polish, my Papa was de-mobbed in the UK after the war. We always used to holiday in Poland every year and from the age of 3, I was left to my own devices with my young cousins so I either had to learn the language or be lonely. As I got older, I found the language easier and easier and became almost fluent in it particularly as after holidays, my Papa and I made a promise to each other to speak only Polish when we were together. However, my Mother didn't like this because she could't understand what we were talking about so gradually the Polish stopped again. When my Papa died when I was 19, there was no-one left for me to practise with so sadly my once excellent Polish mostly got forgotten. This excellent, no nonsense book has brought everything rushing back to me so now I can practise talking to myself or my husband :-) Even my cats get yelled at in what I call my 'Mother' Tongue.

I will make no bones about it though, Polish is a very difficult language to learn if you are starting from scratch. Some of the pronounciation is nigh on impossible even though the book does spell it out for you in an easy way. Like another reviewer mentioned, there are several different letters in the Polish alphabet, including a 'hard' L. Which as this reviewer pointed out is pronounced like a 'wooh'. My surname (or at least the start of it has this 'hard' L in it). It is good to remember too that although there is a 'W' in Polish , it is pronounced as you would a 'V'. So Warsawa in effects becomes Varsava. This always tripped my Papa up with things like Vilkinson Svord (Wilkinson Sword). However, I shouldn't knock a man who could speak 6 languages pretty fluently.

Fortunately the book doesn't bog you down with grammar which is a relief in itself.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Monica on 13 May 2012
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Having looked at several similar books aimed at those trying to learn Polish as a foreign language, I can recommend Polish for Dummies as the best textbook currently available on the market.

The book is clearly very focused on improving your conversation, rather than filled with grammar drills. Learning the Polish grammar, being as it is among the most complicated European languages, can be a daunting task. The author took the approach to introduce the correct forms of nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc indirectly through dialogues and practical phrases that are useful in everyday conversations, rather than by making you memorise large tables of endings, which is common in some other Polish textbooks. I personally think that this was a brilliant decision. There is, obviously, an introductory chapter which covers the essentials of Polish grammar, as well as endings tables where necessary - however vast majority of the content of the book consists of conversations and phrases. Also the book is organized into chapters, each covering a different aspect of conversation, for example Talking on the phone, or Planning a trip. So you end up learning the grammar while focusing on the practical conversation skills.

Every Polish phrase is provided with a pronunciation transcript. The conversations in the book are also included on a CD that comes with the book, so you can use either the transcripts or the audio tracks to get an idea of how the text of a dialogue would be pronounced by a Polish speaker.

There are also numerous boxes describing various aspects of Polish culture throughout the book which I found very useful.

Overall, a very useful book with a heavy emphasis on the practical conversation skills. Recommended.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By R. WEST-SOLEY TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 May 2012
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I'm a fan of the no-nonsense, clear approach and layout in the Dummies books, but as a language learning aficionado, I'd surprisingly still not tried any of their language courses. Polish for Dummies was my first taste of the hallmark practical philosophy applied to language learning, and I have to say I'm very impressed.

The layout of the book supports a practical, communicative approach to learning Polish, being divided into situational and topic-based chapters. These are based broadly on the kinds of real situations a visitor to Poland would need to cope with, such as eating out, planning travel and so on. But there's also a good mix of conversational topics in there, so you'll learn how to talk about yourself, your hobbies and so on. As such it should be excellent support for someone studying for foundation exams in Polish, such as GCSE, as well as travellers wanting to learn enough to get by.

As well as the audio CD, all the words and phrases in the book are printed with very clear guides to pronunciation, including word stress. It's a great support for learning the sounds of Polish letters, and giving the learner a bit more confidence in speaking the words.

It's also useful that the book demystifies grammatical terms and some of the grammatical novelties of Polish very early on - not by smothering the reader in grammar straight away, but by simply explaining the terms and the peculiarities of Polish compared to English (such as the case system and the perfective-imperfective verb system). This is a great way of setting the reader up for a better grasp of the points when they're explained more fully later on. Thankfully, there's enough grammar in the rest of the book to give the learner a strong, constructive ability in the language.
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