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Polish Alphabet Game

Have you thought about learning a "hard" language like Polish before? Well, now you can start from the absolute beginning through our Polish Alphabet Game!

In this game, you’ll be introduced to 18 levels, each with a large word bank to boost both your reading competency and vocabulary list.

Build a solid foundation from frequently used words and work your way to short sentences. Get your special downloadable resources when you complete the game -- taking a dive into one of the most popular Slavic languages has never been easier!

START

Why did we make this Polish game the way we did?


  • We've noticed that people pick up foreign alphabets quickest and easiest by transcribing them into familiar sounds. So we're going to attempt to transcribe Polish using English sounds. Not so easy!
  • This is a crutch that you can use for a few hours, then once you've figured out the writing system, you won't need the crutch anymore. You should be able to read directly.
  • Some people misunderstand this exercise as a way to "replace" their writing system. This is not what we're attempting. Please don't misunderstand. Our transcription is also up for debate too.

Now let's talk about Polish. We had to come up with a solution that would help you, but in the meantime, you may be asking us, "why did you do it like this! That doesn't make sense either!"

Okay, so we had to make a few concessions, and settle on one thing or another to make this work. Let's look at what we know:

  • Polish spelling is daunting, intimidating, and hard mainly because it uses a lot of letters we're not used to seeing.
  • There's no easy way to explain it without using more complex letters (like IPA)
  • But other Slavic languages (like Czech) have a much more simplified spelling system, and Czech spelling for the most part would even work to write Polish. We provide this kind of transcription in our fluency training books. But that doesn't mean you know how to read Czech.
  • As a speaker of English, you're most familiar with English spelling, so we've opted to use this as much as possible.
  • Polish happens to be the exact opposite of all other Slavic languages when it comes to the letter {j}. It is pronounced like English {y} in everything but Polish (it's not pronounced in Polish). So we're *borrowing* {j} from other Slavic languages to help transcribe Polish. Meanwhile {y} is already being used for another vowel sound. So {j} is the only non-English letter that we're using for the transcription.