Polish is a rich and interesting language. Like its cousin Slavic languages Russian, Ukrainian, Czech, Slovenian and others, Polish has a complex grammar. There are also some interesting consonant clusters and nasalized sounds. Luckily, Polish uses the Roman alphabet, so you don't have to worry about fumbling around with a new alphabet.
Unfortunately, the published language learning methods for Polish are not as abundant or as complete as with some other languages. Here are some of the best resources to begin your quest to learn Polish.
Internet/Free Skwierzyna.net This site has a basic pronunciation guide and some free downloadable PDFs for grammar and basic phrases to get you started learning Polish.
Internet/Free ELEaston.com This is a great site for finding resources to help you learn Polish. Lots of links for grammar, news, audio, reading materials etc.
Internet/Free icanlearnenglish.com This is a site for Polish speakers learning English, but the site also has instructions in English and lots of MP3 audio of basic words and phrases in Polish. There is also a podcast.
Internet/Free Transparent Language offers a free vocabulary trainer to get started learning Polish. Get your Free BYKI™ Lite download by Transparent Language
Teach Yourself Polish
Teach Yourself is a longstanding line of language learning products and one of the most popular and easy to find courses. They offer a coursebook with 2 audio cds to get you started on the path to learn the Polish language.
Pimsleur Comprehensive Polish I
Pimsleurs Polish Comprehensive Level 1 is a new addition to the Pimsleur line. Pimsleurs all-audio format is a great introduction to the language, and with it you'll develop a better accent and conversation ability than with any other published language method. It's a great way to begin to learn Polish. For a more in-depth look at how Pimsleur products work, read my review of Pimsleur products.
Transparent Polish Premium uses native speaker audio, text, video, games and dialogues to immerse you in the Polish language. With 15,000 words in mp3 format to use in your iPod or mp3 player and it can be fully integrated with BYKI. And it has a six month guarantee. Overall, a great resource to learn Polish!
- Victor Hugo