Learning Polish – Day 36

On Friday evening Carin and I stopped by the Garden State Plaza as she needed to buy a gift for a friends birthday party she was going to the following night, but I told her I would only go as long as I could make a pit stop at the Apple store. So at the mall on the way to the Apple store we stumble upon a Borders.

I try to peruse a Borders or Barnes and Noble whenever I come across one, and this case was no exception. Upon entering I immediately made a bee-line for the computer programming section, as has typically been my practice since I began visiting such places during junior college. I was looking for some sort of book about blog designing with Adobe Photoshop CS 2, but to my dismay couldn’t find anything worthy on the subject. So I abandoned that area and began looking for Carin, who had wondered off to do her own shopping (computer programming isn’t exactly her cup of tea).

Two aisles into my search I came across the foreign languages section. “(Insert Language Here) For Dummies” books were scattered all over the place. French, German, Italian, Spanish, every language you could ever want to learn, except Polish. There was, however, a small assortment of literature on this beast of a language I am attempting to assimilate.

Now, as I already have the Rosetta Stone package for beginning Polish, I wasn’t looking for a sort of slow and steady process. Rather, I figured it was probably a good idea for me to get to using some Polish words already in everyday life, so that while I am slowly learning the language in its entirety from the ground up I can simultaneously start interacting in Polish. The solution: Polish Phrasebook With Two-Way Dictionary from Lonely Planet publishing.

This is an amazing reference guide, made with the English speaking tourist in mind. The book is divided up into countless sections which cover aspects of daily life. In each section is a list of popular words and phrases that are applicable to whatever the topic. The words/phrases are listed in English on the left, then the phonetic in the middle to help English speakers pronounce it in Polish, then the correct Polish spelling on the right.

I’m very pleased with this book, and at $7.99 I think it was a steal of a deal. To end this post, I will illustrate an example of how the book works. This comes from one of the first sections in the book titled “Nationlities.” Remember the English / Phonetic / Polish format.

I’m from the United States. / yes-tem s zye-dno-cho-nih / Jestem z Zjednoczonych.

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