Polish for Beginners – Review & Personal Advice for Youtube “Course of Polish,” Lessons 1

If you are new to learning the Polish Language, or perhaps wish to re-visit the basics and expand your vocabulary, the “Course of Polish” on Youtube offers lessons that are short, simple and easy to comprehend.

Link to Course of Polish Lesson 1

The course does not assume previous knowledge of the Polish Alphabet, however knowledge of the sounds and structure of the alphabet will help ease the pronunciation of even the simplest of words. I personally feel it isn’t mandatory to know the alphabet to learn from these videos, but if you are looking to learn the language it would be useful to study the alphabet at the same time.

The lessons are short and concise, usually about 2 – 3 minutes in length. So far “Course of Polish” features 23 lessons all free to watch, for this review I will cover Lesson 1.

I have been expanding my vocabulary and understanding of the Polish language by following these videos alongside other personal study, I sincerely hope they also help pave the way for your future learning.

Lesson 1 – Simple Short Sentences in Polish

Lesson one introduces you to a very simple sentence structure in Polish, while also listing new vocabulary to learn. Jarosław Hajduk the creator of these tutorials reads the five words and asks you to repeat. From my personal learning experience I would highly recommend writing down these words and meanings and refreshing your memory several times a day, at least until you begin to master the meanings. Flashcards are always helpful, post-it notes on cupboard doors, or even keep a notepad by the side of your bed!

To – This, it

Jest – is

Mama – Mother

Tata – Father

Nie –  No

Jarosław then continues to provide example sentences using these words, once again, write these down and practise. The tutorials are only short, which I feel is good as it allows you to soak in an adequate amount of new information, but not so much that you will feel intimidated or overwhelmed.

The sentences are then followed by a comments page which mention 6 useful rules for the Polish language in terms of pronunciation of particular vowels and sentence structure.

Tip – “To nie jest tata. To jest mama.”  The letter N is softened when followed by an I.

At the end of the video tutorial you will be given a homework assignment where you will be asked, using the aforementioned words to translate five basic sentences into Polish. I recommend to learn the words and write down how you think the sentences will be and then check in Lesson 2 for your progress. If you have not quite mastered the meanings try writing out your own sentences by swapping the name or object with another, by putting words into a context your mind will begin to recognise the meanings.

Once you feel confident in this area try writing out more of your own sentences using the same words and use google translator to check your answers. As your notebook expands with more and more vocabulary continue to flick back to the beginning and read through the words to check you are remembering them over time. Try writing down the words with no translations and testing yourself, it works wonders!

I feel that despite the tutorial being deliberately short, which as I have mentioned has its benefits but also a few cons as I crave more from that specific area, I appreciate and have quite enjoyed the lessons I have completed so far. (Five in total) The idea of providing homework gently persuades me to learn and practise more than I most likely would otherwise and I feel a sense of achievement when I get the answers correct. With other tutorials it can sometimes feel as though I am taking in masses of information but the information isn’t necessary sticking, which leaves me feeling unmotivated.

Thank you Jarosław, I hope to continue your lessons and improve my Polish!

Link to Course of Polish Lesson 1