My method is laid out in full across several pages of this website. Despite the method’s heavy emphasis on developing speaking skills, following it will teach you to read, write and speak confident Polish, as well as make your transition from ultimate beginner to fluent speaker easier.
The method uses a spaced repetition system called Anki, which you can find out more about here:
You can find a list of resources to use with Anki on the Resources page:
This software will help you to recall your vocabulary and grammar knowledge with ease. Not only will you remember words easily, but by continuing to use the software, you also won’t forget any of the words that you have already learned.
Unlike many other language learning programs, you don’t have to purchase anything – this whole method can be completed with things which you probably already own. You can find a list of what you need to get started here. The only purchase that you may wish to make is a Polish-English phrasebook, however, this can be borrowed. Instead of buying or borrowing a phrasebook, you might want to use some of the less extensive online phrasebook instead. Whichever option you choose, to save yourself the time and effort of typing thousands of sentences, you might prefer to download one of the extensive, pre-made solutions available on the Resources page.
While I may refer to this as “my method”, that is merely because it is the method that I have been using. I can only take partial credit for its development, as it has been influenced and inspired by many other languages learners and their techniques, notably Khatzumoto, Luca Lampariello, Glossika, Steve Kaufmann, Benny Lewis, David Snopek, Suzanna Zaraysky and many, many more.
Once you have set yourself up with Anki, the next stage is to start listening. It’s important to be able to distinguish words, particularly amongst the many similar sounds in Polish. On this site, I’ll tell you what to listen to and give detailed instructions on how to find Polish music which you’ll enjoy, how to make your own flashcards and how to review them.
One of the most important aspects of this method is its focus on comprehensible input – an idea made popular by linguist Stephen Krashen, which claims that you only acquire language when you understand it.
The method uses massive amounts of comprehensible input in order to build up an intuitive knowledge of how Polish works. For example, if “Kocham cię” means “I love you” and “Kocham ją” means “I love her”, it becomes obvious by comparing the two examples that “Kocham” means “I love”, “cię” means “you” and “ją” means “her”. Similarly, if you also knew that “Lubię cię” means “I like you” and “Lubię go” means “I like him”, you could easily deduce that “go” means “him”. By knowing and understanding these four sentences alone, you could both construct and understand “Kocham go” (“I love him”) and “Lubię ją” (“I like her”). The more sentences and sentence structures you learn, the more you will be able to construct.
After receiving this massive amount of input and setting up a few Custom Searches in Anki to make life a little bit easier, it’s time to release with some output. My method guides you into speaking, explaining easily how to find someone to talk to, how often to talk to them and what to do if you make a mistake.
Following this, the method is complete, leaving you speaking confident Polish to natives just like you always dreamed.