+B

Learn Polish

“Babbel is one of the stalwarts of the online language-learning sphere.”

“Babbel exceeds expectations, delivering high-quality, self-paced courses.”

“Exceptionally good site”

Why Learn Another Language?

In the twenty-first century, multilingualism is becoming the norm. It’s estimated that over half the world’s population is at least bilingual and this figure is growing. So where do you fit into this changing world? Do you see yourself as part of a dynamic population of world citizens, or stuck on a shrinking monolingual island? The real question should be: why not learn another language?

If you’re at all curious about the world beyond your own day-to-day routine, speaking Polish (or any other language besides your native tongue) can upgrade your life by increasing opportunities for career, living, travel, friendship, adventure and love. The more languages you speak, the bigger your world becomes.

And there is absolutely no reason to be discouraged, or to tell yourself you don’t have the talent for it. The idea that only children can become bilingual is simply a myth. You can learn to speak another language no matter your age or educational background; maybe you’ll never be mistaken for a native speaker, but you will be able to communicate – and that is what languages are for. Speaking a language is about connection, not perfection. So let’s ask a new question: who do you want to connect with?

1polworldmap

Learning Polish

A language is more than a bunch of words and rules for how to put those words together; it is another world. Speaking Polish gives you access to the world of 40 million native speakers in Poland, the UK and Polish-speaking communities all over the world.

Polish is a Slavic language, which is a completely different branch of the Indo-European language tree, far from the Germanic and Romance origins of English. Because there is so little cross-over between English and Polish in terms of vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation learning the language can be a challenge. But it’s also a blank slate, uncluttered by false cognates, which can make it easier in some respects. Mastering Polish, and the new sounds that come with it, becomes easier with practice.

Polish is the most widely spoken Western Slavic language, followed by Ukrainian and Czech. Understanding it will give you a head start if you want to also learn Russian, the most-spoken Slavic language overall. Because Polish uses the same alphabet as English (although with some added diacritic marks) it can be a more familiar place to start if you want to become acquainted with the dominant language family of Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

With Babbel, you can learn Polish without going to classes, hiring a tutor or investing in expensive software. For an affordable monthly subscription, you have access to hundreds of hours of interactive courses that get you speaking right from the first lesson. Babbel’s integrated speech recognition can even help you improve your pronunciation.

We add courses on a regular basis, so the opportunities to learn and improve are always growing. And if you own an iPhone, Android, or Windows 8 phone the key to speaking Polish is already in your pocket.

Elearning Mobile

Benefits

Having a little Polish in your conversational repertoire will open up the world to you on multiple levels:

Polish Vocabulary

Ways to Learn Polish

Although Polish isn’t a widely-studied language in the United States there are still many ways to learn it:

In The Classroom

Classroom instruction with a teacher and other students is the most traditional approach to learning a language. Many Americans have already learned a language this way in high school, although often not with the best results. Many people who are motivated to become fluent find that classes offer a good balance between language instruction and chance to listen and speak.

Private Tutor

Learning one-on-one with a tutor allows for a completely tailored learning experience and more opportunities to practice speaking. Compared to a classroom where the teacher has to split attention among dozens of pupils, private tutoring usually yields quicker results. However, private tutoring doesn’t come cheap; you’ll need to be prepared to pay a high hourly rate for an experienced tutor.

Audio Courses and CD-roms

For people with money to burn on learning a language, but not enough time to commit to traditional methods, multimedia courses are a good alternative – whether you practice listening and speaking with CDs in the car, or use interactive courses on your home PC in your free time. The main drawback to these methods is high up-front cost and material that can quickly become outdated.

Online Polish Courses

Online learning has made immense progress in the past several years and has become a viable alternative to more traditional forms of instruction. It’s becoming the norm for people with very little time or money to spare who still want to make progress with their learning. Compared to the above method, subscription-based online programs are always updating, improving and adding courses that don’t require buying a new module.

Learning Polish Online

To Pay Or Not To Pay?

What do the methods mentioned above have in common? They all cost money. For thrifty folks who have a little more patience and motivation than the average learner, there ways to learn Polish for free:

Tandem Partners

Tandem learning is a technique where two people who want to learn each other’s languages take turns as teacher and as student. For example: if you meet for two hours, you can speak in Polish for one hour and then switch to English for the next hour so that you both get some practice. But be aware, just because someone is a native speaker does not mean they are a good teacher. This can still be a good option once you already know some Polish and just want to practice, but you must be prepared to teach your counterpart English. Tandems are free for both parties, but a significant time commitment.

Immersion

OK, so it’s only free if you don’t count the airfare or room and board, but nothing helps you become fluent like living in Poland. But immersion is no magic bullet. If you haven’t arrived with at least some knowledge of Polish vocabulary and grammar, passive listening will not be easy and will not make you fluent without further study. Before taking the big plunge, you can simulate immersion by streaming Polish radio and TV online, watching Polish movies and doing multimedia lessons online.

Library Books

If you are a real self-starter then you don’t need more than a Polish grammar book, dictionary and some vocab books to start learning the language. Books could get you reading Polish after lots of studying, but won’t help with listening comprehension or speaking.

Free Online Courses and Mobile Apps

There are hundreds of ways to learn Polish for free on the web. From Polish grammar wikis to online courses, there’s no shortage of information out there, but it’s often presented in a cluttered and inconsistent way that’s harder to read than a grammar book.

Some websites offer free interactive learning material, like Duolingo and Memrise, but programs like these focus on writing and reading at the expense of listening and speaking. They also rely heavily on user-generated content, which means the quality is inconsistent and the accuracy of the information goes unverified. It’s possible to learn Polish online for free, but be prepared to deal with language lessons that are dull, inflexible, too basic, poorly designed, or else littered with ads.

Learn Online Mobile

Learning Polish with Babbel

Learning with Babbel costs you less per month than your morning coffee, is ad-free and has been made by a team of language experts, educators and designers – so you are guaranteed a top-quality learning experience for the best value.

Here at Babbel we believe that the key to effectively learning Polish, or any language, is having fun. Commitment and discipline will always be important factors, but real engagement is what helps you to retain information and maximize your learning potential. Here’s what you can expect from Babbel’s online Polish program:

Try a free Polish lesson with Babbel and see for yourself just how enjoyable learning can be.

Polish Grammar