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5.0 out of 5 stars The best Polish conversation textbook on the market, 13 May 2012
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This review is from: Polish For Dummies (Paperback)
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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