So you are new in Poland? Studying or working…..it doesn’t matter, what matters is you are in Poland yes exclusively Poland. I know there are so many of us lately questioning the border lines, the visa process, we need to go through a vigorous process through the systems and especially if you come from a country that has gone through colonialism! Well truth is that’s how things are and the system is, we can’t avoid it. Only thing is we can beat the system! How?
Imagine yourself in a new place, a country, a town or even an isolated island. You know no one not even a single word of the language, but you made the decision to go this place, be it for studies or work or to join a family member! So you are heading into wild territory literally speaking….! With no ability to communicate, maybe you know a little bit about the country but little to nothing about the language and the cultural norms!
Honestly nobody goes to any new country without even getting to know a little about the country or the language!
Slavic languages are one of the hardest to learn where Polish falls under, still we have the capability to learn it. Of course in all big cities there are people who speak English, as English is one of “Lingua Africa” languages; http://www.thehistoryofenglish.com/issues_global.html. Still if you want to live in a country then language comes first, no matter what your status is i.e diplomat, activist, student e.t.c.
Still there’s a question of integration, anyone can have their different definition of it! But one aspect that stands out and mostly is Language, yeah Polish is one of the hardest languages in the world according to; http://claritaslux.com/blog/the-hardest-language-to-learn/.
Being the hardest language should not make us to avoid to learn it, if you cannot afford to go to a school to learn. An intensive course that will take about 3 months will dig deep into your pockets up to around 500 zł. Of course here we are talking that there is no incentive by the Polish government for Polish language learning. It’s mostly NGO’s which some used to have funds and provide free course. And now most of them has to charge for the courses. And now lots of language schools are taking advantage of huge flow of foreigners to Poland from Spanish students and expats, to even young Canadians, yeah young Canadians and Americans!
If you have the time to take an intensive or a slow course the best that you can get with the best possible price is ; http://fds.org.pl/kursy-polskiego/ .
If by any means you can’t afford to a course because of time restraint due to work related or insufficient finance there is an even a better option all you need is to squeeze a little of your time, could be a half an hour in the morning instead of browsing through Instagram or Facebook. We have to be true to ourselves, we can’t say we want to live in a new place and wouldn’t care of learning the language. Well I will save my rants for the next post, with examples of people who have live here for almost 10 years and never bothered to try to learn the language.
Here’s one easy way and very integrative way to learn any language in the world…you can use this on the computer or even download it from google play or Apple store ; https://www.duolingo.com/
https://www.duolingo.com/ has even been recommended by Tim Ferris here’s the link . He learned over nine languages by himself…http://tim.blog/2014/07/16/how-to-learn-any-language-in-record-time-and-never-forget-it/
Anything is possible! Catch on the next post to learn about life in Poland.
Also I will be writing on my early life and my life in Poland. And many of the good experiences I’ve had in this country. Cheers!