|So... that went well, and AJATT
||[Feb. 25th, 2010|10:04 am]
Really Learn Polish (this time)
As you can see, it is some time - months, over a year - since I last posted, and I still haven't learnt Polish. Sometimes I wonder if it's possible. I was doing some last year, but then my Dad died, and that put something of a damper on the whole thing, and many other things, as you can well imagine. He was also the only Polish speaking person I really know, so that also means I have no Polish help in my real life anymore.|
But I'm trying again and my current method is from this site - All Japanese All the Time (http://www.alljapaneseallthetime.com/blog/about). He learnt Japanese, but we can use the method to learn Polish. The basis of the method came from some Polish people learning English, so there's a connection.
I'll summarise the method for you; listen to as much Polish as possible, watch movies in Polish and listen to Polish music, try to make your life as Polish-oriented as possible, all the while learning Polish-to-English sentences using "spaced repetition software" (definition from wikipedia: "a software that collects information about a student's retention of questions and answers, and gradually adapts the optimum intervals of time used between subsequent reviews of these questions").
The idea is that by listening you get used to Polish and learn some by osmosis, and by using sentences and not individual words you learn vocab and grammar in context, and by going only Polish to English (or target language to fluent language) you don't learn mistakes and only encounter correct Polish.
I think that's the gist of it. He also emphasises having fun and not being bored, which even if you don't agree with the rest of the method, are valuable points - you learn better when happy, so it's important to try and keep things interesting and fun, and movies and music can be one way of learning without feeling like you're learning.
(I see I actually mentioned AJATT in an earlier post, but I think I am more organised for it this time, and I"ve read more of the website and feel I understand the method better now)