Polish Phase 1, Units 1-30

Polish Phase 1, Units 1-30

Learn to Speak and Understand Polish with Pimsleur Language Programs
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  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9781442322707
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Includes 30 lessons and reading instruction (16 hours) as MP3 download, plus PDF user's guide and 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 Phase 1, Lessons 1-30 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 of Phase 1, 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 (16 hours) as MP3 download, plus PDF user's guide and 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 Phase 1, Lessons 1-30 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 of Phase 1, 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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4.5

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Pros

  • It works (20)
  • Easy to use (19)
  • Portable (19)
  • Fun (14)
  • Perfects accent (14)

Cons

  • No writing component (5)
  • Too fast (3)

Best Uses

  • Self-improvement (15)
  • Travel (15)
  • Family background/heritage (13)
  • Fun (12)
  • Business/work (7)
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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.

 
5.0

Best language course I've ever tried

By Crime writer

from East Yorkshire, UK

About Me Business person, Lecturer, Novelist

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Business/Work
    • Family background/Heritage
    • Just for fun
    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about Polish Phase 1, Units 1-30:

    I learnt more and more quickly than any of the many language courses I have tried over the years. I read up on Paul Pimsleur's work before I bought it. The research into language learning is sound and it works. Native Polish speakers have complimented me on my accent. The only drawback has been that my Polish accent is good enough to make people think I am far more fluent than I am.

    Service and delivery comments:

    This product is just fine. I'd really like to see a Polish 2.

     
    5.0

    I was skeptical... Now I want Phase 2!

    By Tom S

    from Loveland, CO

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • Fun
    • It Works
    • Portable
    • Worth The Money

    Cons

    • Too Fast

    Best Uses

    • Family background/Heritage
    • Just for fun
    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about Polish Phase 1, Units 1-30:

    The way that it makes you repeat and think about what you are going to say. It's exactly the way we teach kids to speak. Easy to understand break downs of the words. The sound quality is great. I love the fact that the lessons are only 30 minutes. That is convenient. The only thing I would change is the audio version of the instructions. It isn't completely the same. I was struggling at a mid point in the lesson, but continued going through to the next lesson like it says. Read the written directions, if you are having a hard time with a lesson, do it over. Doesn't have to be the same day, the next day is fine. Would love to see Phase 2 and 3 of Polish, please! Well worth the money!!

    Oh, the speech gets pretty fast later on, I think maybe slower for learning would be better. Especially in phase 1. Speed will come with using it with native speakers. Just my opinion

     
    5.0

    Best Beginning Polish Course

    By Steven dyadictensor

    from East Lansing, MI

    About Me Student

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • No Next Level

    Best Uses

    • Family background/Heritage
    • Just for fun
    • Self-improvement

    Comments about Polish Phase 1, Units 1-30:

    If you are actually looking to learn the Polish language, and you are (like I was) someone who knows NOTHING about Polish . . . I can confidently say that there is NO EASIER PLACE TO BEGIN THAN PIMSLEUR.

    Pimsleur introduces each new word slowly . . . syllable by syllable. Then . . . after the word is built up, it is spoken at full speed after that. Material is introduced in a way that it does not feel overwhelming. You get just a few new words each lesson, and sentences to "repeat after me". Due to its interval repetition, the material is taught so that just when you start to forget something, it is reinforced. It uses humor to keep you engaged. One of the highlights to the course is that you don't have to do any thinking, the Polish comes out of your mouth spontaneously. HONESTLY, if you are looking for the EASIEST entry point into Polish, get the Pimsleur Polish.

    Some minuses: You might feel you need more than one day to do a lesson, but don't feel bad. In my case, sometimes it would take me 4 days before I could move on. But then again, I am a true language idiot, so maybe it'll be easier for you. AND Yes, there will be a few times later in the course when the narrator will say "pay attention to the ending", and you won't be able to distinguish these endings. Don't worry about it; it is not crucial at this stage. Just do the best you can. Polish is a difficult language and a lot of your questions, concerns, and misunderstandings will get ironed out in follow-up courses in Polish language instruction.

    I only wish Pimsleur would come out with Polish 2 and 3!

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