Polish, Comprehensive

Polish, Comprehensive

Learn to Speak and Understand Polish with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • This Edition: CD ( Also available in: MP3 )
  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9780743528894
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Description

Includes 30 lessons and reading instruction on 16 CDs, plus a reading booklet

Polish is the official language of Poland where it is spoken by about 38 million people. It is also spoken by more than 4 million people in Eastern Europe and in North America. There are many dialects of Polish. Pimsleur's Polish teaches Standard Polish, as spoken or understood throughout Poland.

The Pimsleur® Method: the easiest, fastest way to learn a new language. Completely portable, easily downloadable, and lots of fun. You’ll be speaking and understanding in no time flat! Polish, Comprehensive includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one hour of reading instruction in thirty, 30-minute lessons.

  • In the first 10 lessons, you’ll cover the basics: saying hello, asking for or giving information, scheduling a meal or a meeting, asking for or giving basic directions, and much more. You’ll be able to handle minimum courtesy requirements, understand much of what you hear, and be understood at a beginning level, but with near-native pronunciation skills.
  • In the next 10 lessons, you’ll build on what you’ve learned. Expand your menu, increase your scheduling abilities from general to specific, start to deal with currency and exchanging money, refine your conversations and add over a hundred new vocabulary items. You’ll understand more of what you hear, and be able to participate with speech that is smoother and more confident.
  • In the final 10 lessons, you’ll be speaking and understanding at an intermediate level. In this phase, more directions are given in the target language, which moves your learning to a whole new plane. Lessons include shopping, visiting friends, going to a restaurant, plans for the evening, car trips, and talking about family. You’ll be able to speak comfortably about things that happened in the past and make plans for the future.

Reading Lessons are included at the end of Unit 30 to provide you with an introduction to reading Polish. These lessons, which total about one hour, are designed to teach you to sound out words with correct pronunciation and accent. A Reading Booklet to be used with the audio lessons is also included in PDF format.

Description

Includes 30 lessons and reading instruction on 16 CDs, plus a reading booklet

Polish is the official language of Poland where it is spoken by about 38 million people. It is also spoken by more than 4 million people in Eastern Europe and in North America. There are many dialects of Polish. Pimsleur's Polish teaches Standard Polish, as spoken or understood throughout Poland.

The Pimsleur® Method: the easiest, fastest way to learn a new language. Completely portable, easily downloadable, and lots of fun. You’ll be speaking and understanding in no time flat! Polish, Comprehensive includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one hour of reading instruction in thirty, 30-minute lessons.

  • In the first 10 lessons, you’ll cover the basics: saying hello, asking for or giving information, scheduling a meal or a meeting, asking for or giving basic directions, and much more. You’ll be able to handle minimum courtesy requirements, understand much of what you hear, and be understood at a beginning level, but with near-native pronunciation skills.
  • In the next 10 lessons, you’ll build on what you’ve learned. Expand your menu, increase your scheduling abilities from general to specific, start to deal with currency and exchanging money, refine your conversations and add over a hundred new vocabulary items. You’ll understand more of what you hear, and be able to participate with speech that is smoother and more confident.
  • In the final 10 lessons, you’ll be speaking and understanding at an intermediate level. In this phase, more directions are given in the target language, which moves your learning to a whole new plane. Lessons include shopping, visiting friends, going to a restaurant, plans for the evening, car trips, and talking about family. You’ll be able to speak comfortably about things that happened in the past and make plans for the future.

Reading Lessons are included at the end of Unit 30 to provide you with an introduction to reading Polish. These lessons, which total about one hour, are designed to teach you to sound out words with correct pronunciation and accent. A Reading Booklet to be used with the audio lessons is also included in PDF format.

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PimsleurPolish Phase 1, Units 1-30
 
4.4

(based on 23 reviews)

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    (1)

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Pros

  • It works (23)
  • Easy to use (22)
  • Portable (22)
  • Perfects accent (16)
  • Fun (15)

Cons

  • No writing component (6)
  • Too fast (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (18)
  • Self-improvement (17)
  • Family background/heritage (15)
  • Fun (13)
  • Business/work (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Traveler (10), Business person (6), Student (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Absolutely worth it!

My wife is Polish and I wanted the best program to learn the language. I considered Rosetta Stone since there is so much hype over it, however most of the review websites I visited...Read complete review

My wife is Polish and I wanted the best program to learn the language. I considered Rosetta Stone since there is so much hype over it, however most of the review websites I visited recommended Pimsleur. I couldn't be happier with my choice. During the lesson, you will listen to native Polish speakers, and there will also be a narrator that will ask you questions. The fact that the lessons make you think and come up with phrases instead of simply memorizing them is what I love about this program. I am half way through the 30 lessons and my wife is impressed with my progress. The lessons are also great to listen to while doing other things around the house, such as dishes or laundry. I just wish the Polish language had a next level once I am finished with the 30 lessons in level 1.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good program that ends too soon

I use the download in the car with earphones when traffic permits, usually in the morning. If I do not get through the lesson in one trip I finish later in the day at...Read complete review

I use the download in the car with earphones when traffic permits, usually in the morning. If I do not get through the lesson in one trip I finish later in the day at home. I usually do each lesson twice, on sequential days, to allow for the lesson to sink in overnight.

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5.0

I wish Pimsleur had a Polish Phase 2!!

By Sterling

from Scottsdale AZ

About Me Business person, Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • It Works
  • Portable

Cons

  • No writing component

Best Uses

  • Business/Work
  • Family background/Heritage
  • Self-improvement
  • Travel

Comments about Polish Phase 1, Units 1-30:

I practice my lessons while I drive each day. I love to hear my Polish friends tell me they can actually understand me speak their language. It is fun to be able to follow my friend's Polish conversations. I wish Pimsleur had a Polish Phase 2.

 
3.0

Good program that ends too soon

By Language Learner

from Fort Worth, Texas

About Me Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Fun
  • It Works
  • Perfects Accent
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Just for fun
    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about Polish Phase 1, Units 1-30:

    I use the download in the car with earphones when traffic permits, usually in the morning. If I do not get through the lesson in one trip I finish later in the day at home. I usually do each lesson twice, on sequential days, to allow for the lesson to sink in overnight.

     
    4.0

    I'm learning a lot of Polish

    By Super Grover

    from Northampton, MA

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • It Works
    • Perfects Accent
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family background/Heritage
      • Travel

      Comments about Polish Phase 1, Units 1-30:

      The product seems well thought out and it works. I wouldn't say it's fun but I always feel very good about having completed a unit and about what I'm learning. I have a feeling of accomplishment.

      If often takes me longer than the given pause to come up with a requested response. Maybe it's my age (71). So I hover over the Pause button. I don't really mind.

      My only real disappointment is that there is not a Phase 2, so I don't know what I'll do to continue learning when I'm done with Phase 1.

      Otherwise I think it's a great product and recommend it.

       
      4.0

      Good place to start

      By Mark

      from Warren, MI

      About Me Traveler

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • Fun
      • It Works
      • Perfects Accent
      • Portable

      Cons

      • Expensive

      Best Uses

      • Family background/Heritage
      • Travel

      Comments about Polish, Comprehensive:

      I enjoy listening to my Polish lesson(s), while I drive to and from work. I like the fact words are used from past lessons and in different contexts, so to make your brain think and not to memorize a pattern. Some of the dialogs are a little fast, I wish they were spoken at a slower speed. And, I wish the pause was longer at the part when asking to repeat a phrase.

       
      4.0

      Works for me

      By Supernuke

      from Wadsworth, IL

      About Me Traveler

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • It Works
      • Portable

      Cons

      • Too Fast

      Best Uses

      • Family background/Heritage
      • Self-improvement
      • Travel

      Comments about Polish Phase 1, Units 1-30:

      Works great, Not tied down to a computer. Listen in car using thumb drive.

      Service and delivery comments:

      Pronunciation, I can hear differences between the man and woman on the same word. Sometimes they emphasize a work and I can't hear the sound.

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