Polish in Three Months (Hugo) Paperback – 25 Jun 1998
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The course is well structured in easy to understand sections, guiding the learner through with thorough explanations of everything you have to learn to have a reasonable competency in polish. What makes this book a good buy for me is it assumes the reader has a decent level of intelligence and is not afraid to explain the grammar used in every section. In my opinion, you can never learn a language properly without understanding the grammatical aspects....phrases just aren't enough!
Along with the course content are a few excercises which test you on everything you have learnt beforehand. Although not extensive they are certainly effective.
The major bonus of this course for most readers will be the anglicised pronunciation guide. Every polish word in the book is followed by an english spelling of the pronunciation. While it is not perfect it is ideal for those who have no access to real polish speakers and gives you a close enough approximation to the language that a Pole will be able to understand you.
If you get this book, I advise buying a polish dictionary and possibly the book entitled '301 Polish Verbs' to give you some extra depth to your studies.
All in all, a great buy even at 4 times the price!
The one thing that caused me any problem was that the pronunciations of letters of the alphabet that are identical to those of the English would, in my opinion have been better dealt with entirely separately from those that differ. This would have made it easier for me to concentrate my attention on the different ones. After all, it is the pronunciation that is most difficult for an English person. The grammar is not very different from those of some of the other European languages.