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4.0 out of 5 stars Aimed at tourists rather than literary types, 3 May 2012
This review is from: Polish For Dummies (Paperback)
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As a Polish film lover, with two Polish grandparents, and delightful Polish friends, I know only half-a-dozen or so words and phrases. So it's one language I'd love to speak. It's not easy to rate a book like this, without a period of concentrated study. My initial impression is that it makes the best of a difficult language, and is perhaps best used as a reference book as it is divided into sections relating to various topics. There is an accompanying CD where you can follow conversations in the book.
One fact I quickly discovered, which (amazingly) I had not realised before, is that Polish contains several more letters than English. The city whose name looks like Lodz (where my grandfather came from) is actually pronounced something like Woodge, not because l, o, and z are pronounced differently from English but because they are not l, o, and z. Instead they have various accents which I cannot reproduce on my keyboard.
So, as far as I can tell, this is a useful book which minimises formal grammar and is aimed at tourists rather than those wanting to study Polish literature. At the back there are dictionaries, an index of Polish expressions used in the book, and other useful information.
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