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Stop ignoring your inner voice – that little voice inside your head – it could hold the key to speaking fluent Polish!
Your inner voice can speak Polish
For many language learners, conversations in a foreign language are slowed down by translating to and from their native language. Well, by training your inner voice to use Polish instead of English, you’ll find that speaking the language becomes much easier! Fortunately, there’s an easy way to learn how to think in Polish.
Translate your thoughts
While you might think it’s difficult to change the language of your thoughts, it’s easier than you think – whatever you are thinking in your head, simply mentally say it in Polish instead. For example, instead of thinking “I’m cold“, think “Jest mi zimno”. You might also find it useful to describe your surroundings in your head in Polish too. Throughout the day, describe everything that you see, hear and do. If there is something that you don’t know how to say, make a note of it and look it up later.
The same way that catchy songs get stuck in your head, so will the Polish language! The best part about all of this is that you can talk to yourself whenever and wherever you are, and because it’s in your head, no one else will ever know. That means that you have no excuse to not be improving your language skills. The more thinking that you do in your target language, the less translating you’ll need to do.
Although it might be difficult at first, eventually you will find your mind thinking in Polish simply out of habit. This will allow you to work on your Polish 24 hours a day, even when there are no native speakers around.
How to learn some useful phrases to practise
To learn some useful phrases to get started, try learning a few common phrases from a phrasebook. The one that I recommend is Lingea’s phrasebook. It’s a Polish language phrasebook for Polish people who want to learn English. That means that you know the Polish language in it is authentic and is actually used, as opposed to the textbook Polish you might be taught from other resources.
You can find out more information about it here:
If you fail to get hold of a copy, I highly recommend Lonely Planet’s Phrasebook which comes in at close second. As it’s an English language book for Polish learners, you’ll benefit from the extra explanations. Unfortunately, I can’t comment on the authenticity of the Polish within as I used my copy so much that it fell apart! You can find out more information about Lonely Planet’s phrasebook here:
How useful was this tip for you?
I like to think out loud in Polish whenever I’m walking around by myself. By talking out loud, I get pronunciation practice too! How useful was this tip for you? Let me know in the comments!