Basic Polish: A Grammar and Workbook

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This <em>Basic Polish</em> book from Routledge says at the outset that it assumes no previous knowledge of Polish. Unlike many other language books, it sticks to that commitment. It begins at the beginning.</p>
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I'm not going to tell you it wasn't freakishly hard for me, because it was. I suffered, but I made it through the book and even started its successor, <em><a href="http://ellenjovin.com/review/intermediate-polish-a-grammar-and-workbook"... Polish</a></em>, by the same author, Dana Bielec.</p>
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The Polish language-learning market is not exactly flooded with entries.&nbsp;<em>Basic Polish: A Grammar and Workbook</em>&nbsp;is nonetheless a solid, carefully edited self-study resource.</p>
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In this book, as in most grammar books I have encountered, the sample sentences occasionally struck me as esoteric. Which is fine with me, by the way; I enjoy the personality of a grammar book as expressed through the vocabulary and ideas the writer chooses to include.</p>
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I am pretty sure, for example, that this was the first time I had ever been instructed in how to say, “The piglet’s straw is wet”!</p>

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