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Polish For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-119-97959-3
442 pages
May 2012
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The ultimate quick and easy guide to learning Polish

Polish can be a difficult language to master. It is pronounced phonetically and has several unique characters in its alphabet, but with Polish For Dummies in hand, you'll find yourself speaking like a local in no time. Packed with practical lessons, handy cultural facts, and essential references (including a Polish-English mini-dictionary and lists of common verbs), this guide is specially designed to get you speaking Polish with confidence. With advice on speaking Polish within the construction, teaching, and public sector industries, this book is a truly practical tool for anyone wanting to speak the language either professionally or socially.

  • Includes sections dedicated to Polish in action, Polish on the go, and Polish in the workplace
  • A companion audio CD contains Polish conversations spoken by native Polish speakers in a variety of everyday contexts, perfect for learning Polish on the go
  • A Polish-English dictionary is included to provide quick access to the most common words

With easy-to-follow instruction and exercises that give you the language to communicate during day-to-day experiences, readers of Polish For Dummies will learn the words and verbal constructions they need to communicate with friends and colleagues at home, find directions on holiday, and more.

Note - CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of the e-book file, but are available for download after purchase.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started 7

Chapter 1: Introducing Polish 9

Chapter 2: Getting Down to Essential Polish Grammar 25

Part II: Polish in Action 49

Chapter 3: Dzień dobry! Cześć! Greetings and Introductions 51

Chapter 4: Getting to Know You: Making Small Talk 73

Chapter 5: Dining Out and Going to the Market 91

Chapter 6: Shopping Made Easy 121

Chapter 7: Going Out on the Town 137

Chapter 8: Enjoying Yourself: Recreation 159

Chapter 9: Talking on the Phone 179

Part III: Polish on the Go 191

Chapter 10: Money, Money, Money 193

Chapter 11: Asking Directions 203

Chapter 12: Checking into a Hotel 225

Chapter 13: Getting Around: Planes, Trains, Taxis and More 239

Chapter 14: Planning a Trip 255

Chapter 15: Help! Handling Emergencies 269

Part IV: Polish in the Workplace 287

Chapter 16: Using Polish in the Office 289

Chapter 17: Polish on the Worksite 305

Chapter 18: Polish for Public Servants and Professionals 319

Part V: The Part of Tens 333

Chapter 19: Ten Ways to Pick Up Polish Quickly 335

Chapter 20: Ten Everyday Polish Expressions 339

Chapter 21: Ten Polish Holidays to Remember 343

Chapter 22: Ten Phrases That Make You Sound Fluent in Polish 349

Part VI: Appendixes 353

Appendix A: Mini-Dictionaries 355

Appendix B: Verb Tables 375

Appendix C: Polish Facts 389

Appendix D: Audio Tracks 393

Index 395

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Author Information

Daria Gabryanczyk holds a degree in Teaching Modern Languages. She has taught Polish literature and Polish as a foreign language to schoolchildren, undergraduates and adults. Daria is a lecturer and an examiner for UK government institutions and London universities, as well as a publisherand a Polish Culture and Business trainer.

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