how/where do you learn other languages? i really want to learn new languages preferably polish because of my roots but like... i can't really find any good sites/apps and i feel like i've learned nothing?
Hey! I mainly use Duolingo and an app called 50 languages. At first I prefer to learn vocab (Anki and Quizlet are good sites/apps for vocab!) then I look up verbs and grammar rules. I write them down and go over them, in the mean time still practicing vocab too. Once I feel confident with those, then I’m probably a little past the beginner stage. That’s when I start reading/listening to the language. It’s really an important thing to do especially when you feel like you’re stuck and nothing you’re doing is helping you make progress. It’s practically what saved me when I was almost failing Italian class, you cannot become fluent in a language if you don’t read or listen to it. It doesn’t always have to be books, just a simple article on the internet or online newspapers, magazines, etc. will do. Audiobooks are really great too, there are some even on Spotify but I never checked for Polish. At first it’s gonna be really boring or irritating because you probably won’t understand all of it, or maybe not even half of it, but trust me that’s the only way you’ll ever become fluent in a language. Write down words/phrases you didn’t understand and look them up. Also when writing down nouns, write down the gender too because it really helps when you start forming sentences. HelloTalk is also a good app to meet native speakers of any language, so if you need to practice or if you need some help from native speakers you should definitely check it out!! Of course buying books like “Teach yourself [whatever language]” etc. will help you make more progress but I understand not everyone can afford those, and I’m sure you’ll find many things on the internet so they’re not necessary!! I never used any of those 😊
The way I learn languages is at first I study, then I practice. It’s not the same for everyone, maybe some methods which work for me might not work for you, and vice-versa. You just really have to try out different things until you feel like you’re making progress.
I hear Memrise is good for learning languages too but I never used it so idk if it has Polish. On Tumblr you might also find vocabulary lists, many people in the langblr community do vocab lists in various languages. You can check those out too. I don’t know any Polish people in the langblr community just because I don’t use my langblr account very often, but I do know of a person who’s been learning Polish for a while - maltese-boy, so maybe you could ask him too what methods/resources he used 😄 and if you know of other people who studied Polish, you can always ask them too.
I hope this helped you and I hope you manage to find ways/resources which will help you learn Polish or any other language that might interest you!! 😊💖