2017 Polish Log

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solocricket
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Re: 2017 Polish Log

Postby solocricket » Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:12 am

Still plowing through Lesson 4.... Maybe it has more content than previous lessons-- or at least I'll base my slow speed on that. As predicted, I did not have much time to do Polish while on vacation (and I wasn't terribly inclined to squeeze it in). I listened to some podcasts in the car, and I only skipped reps for a couple of days. I've caught back up and I'm back at it!

Yesterday, I got my two books in the mail-- I flipped through the children's picture book and was able to pick out some words and sentences. Not enough to get the gist of the story yet, but still fun!
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Re: 2017 Polish Log

Postby solocricket » Thu Apr 13, 2017 4:28 pm

Okay, still failing to consistently keep up with Anki reps and still haven't finished the reviled Lesson 4. But! I have renewed my motivation-- yesterday I got some unexpected language practice. Nope, I didn't talk with native speakers. I troubleshooted a very irritating computer problem for many hours using an OS that is in Polish. I can now pretty comfortably navigate a Polish computer. What I can't read, I painstakingly type into my Google Translate app (because, in my past life, I have done some pretty stupid things randomly clicking buttons when I don't understand my OS/iPhone/tablet/etc.'s language).

I solved my computer problem, and now I want to work more on Polish. A win-win situation.
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Re: 2017 Polish Log

Postby solocricket » Mon Apr 17, 2017 4:58 am

A semi-major update-- I finished lesson 4 late last week, and today, I finished reading the first Harry Potter book in Polish. I have around 1700 Anki cards currently, and I'm really excited about my progress. I started Harry Potter totally picking out stray words in blocks of text, and finished it understanding large pieces of dialogue, and sometimes a couple whole sentences at a time.

I would like to complete lesson 5 by the end of the month, but considering my pace with lesson 4, that might not be quite possible. As the lessons progress, they seem to be stuffing more and more content into each section. As for reading, I'm going to start Matilda ("Matylda" po polsku) by Roald Dahl tonight. Matilda is easier than Harry Potter (it has pictures!), but I don't know it as obsessively as I know the Harry Potter books in English, so I won't have the same context. I've "read" the whole thing before, but I wasn't seriously learning Polish back then. Matilda has always been one of my favorite books, so I'm happy to relive it again!

I've also just ordered three more books through The Polish Bookstore (http://thepolishbookstore.com/) to feed this Polish reading habit of mine. I'm growing quite the collection :D
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Re: 2017 Polish Log

Postby solocricket » Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:37 pm

Halfway through lesson 5, so this is going muchhh faster than the last one. The course is getting into the past tense endings gradually, but I think I'm not going to try and memorize these things deliberately. I'm going to let my Anki sentences work their magic and see if I can piece things together with context.

If anyone's curious, I'm (currently) trying to build an immersion environment similar to All Japanese All The Time (http://www.alljapaneseallthetime.com/blog/). AJATT has influenced my language learning from the very beginning, and my best language, French, was the one that I immersed in most and did the most Anki sentences. So that's something. Still, I didn't immerse totally all the time, and I gave up Anki after about 2000 cards. I'm curious what 10,000+ cards might do, and how immersion can bypass the difficulties Western-Indo-European language speakers have with the Slavic languages and non-Indo-European languages. All in all, I'm trying to keep an open mind about Polish grammar and not jump to conclusions about anything being difficult or impossible to learn.

But, who knows, I might very well drop the immersion environment or Anki might become unsustainable. I enjoy traditional textbook learning/studying as well, and that kind of non-immersion study makes learning more than one language possible! (*thinking about the Hebrew textbook coming in the mail*)
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Re: 2017 Polish Log

Postby solocricket » Sun Apr 23, 2017 6:25 am

Almost done with lesson 5, just two more pages to enter into Anki. So, I should be finished by tomorrow. And I already have over 2000 Anki cards in my deck... and my hands hurt from typing :shock: I'm really surprised that I've been able to stick with Anki this long, since I've been finding it boring for quite a few years. There's something to be said for having a good, easy to use textbook with lots of sentences. Thus far, and for the foreseeable future, I don't have to think about the content of my Polish cards. That will end someday, but I hope once I've reviewed this course to oblivion, I'll have a good working knowledge and mining sentences won't be a taxing chore.

Still reading Matylda-- I'm enjoying it! It's funny how "off or on" my language skills are-- there will be a paragraph where I understand about two words, followed by a paragraph where I understand virtually everything. I want to increase the amount I'm reading. Right now it's one 20 minute session a day, but maybe I could do one session in the morning and another at night... The sky's the limit, I suppose.
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Studying: Polish (A2)
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Re: 2017 Polish Log

Postby solocricket » Mon Apr 24, 2017 3:11 am

As I just posted on the Course Completion Challenge, I finished lesson 5! Hard to believe that I'm nearly halfway through this course. Didn't get much listening/reading in this weekend, however, but I'll pick that up again tomorrow.
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