ILikeKarkówka wrote:It has been really interesting reading this log and your previous one. I haven't got through the entire thing so apologies if you have already answered this question or I have missed it but what was the motivation to learn Polish all those years ago and go on a course in Poland? Do you have a connection in your heritage? Also do you have any avenues to use the language or any intention to visit the country again? Or is it something you pursue purely out of interest?
I am a heritage speaker. My family on both sides comes from Poland, Polish is the native language of my maternal grandparents (only my grandmother is alive) and my mother, though my mother grew up in the US so she really only speaks Polish when speaking to her mother. I have spoken to my grandmother in Polish, but surprisingly this proved very difficult because even though her English is absolutely terrible, she is so used to speaking to me in English that she automatically reverts to it every few seconds. It's strange that this would happen because she really struggles with English even though she's been living in the US for ~70 years (she only speaks in present tense, for example, so you have to use context to understand most of what she's saying, and it's often really confusing).
I have spoken more successfully with my mother, and I should probably do this more because it's fun. I think I don't because (1) I have a hard time motivating myself to speak and write in Polish because I find it really taxing, and (2) she has a tendency to mix a lot of Polish and English (kind of like a Polish version of Spanglish) and since she often doesn't know more modern words (especially related to technology) she incorporates English words, so I'm sometimes not sure if what she's saying is correct.
I would love to visit Poland again, but I'm not sure how likely that is to happen. Warsaw is one of the few cities in Poland I haven't yet seen. I have a LEP in Warsaw and the Polyglot Gathering will be taking place there, so I think the universe is trying to give me a sign
I have some health issues that make traveling difficult, but if I have a period of time where I'm feeling better and I am able to get myself back to Europe, I would love to return to Poland. I mainly just view Polish as both a fun hobby and something I do to prove to myself that I'm capable of learning it after failed attempts in the past using crappy methods; I really like the challenge.
BTW, I just checked out the Podcasts with Transcriptions from Polish with John that you mentioned on your log. What a great resource! I already signed up to support him on Patreon, and I'm trying to figure out that most enjoyable and productive way to use those transcripts (in addition to listen+reading). Thanks for mentioning it! I'll write more about it in a future post.