Learning Polish in Self-isolation

Thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic many of us have more of that scarce commodity – time. Therefore, it may be just the right time to expand your knowledge, revise or simply learn something new, including Polish. 

Many years ago I devised a game for my students which proved very popular. (It was first published in Teach Yourself Beginners Polish). The inspiration was a game called “snakes and ladders” and I’ve adopted it to help my students revise and memorise Polish phrases and vocabulary. The beauty of the game is that you can adopt it to your own needs and requirements depending on your level and the language material you are currently learning. I use it to learn Italian.  

The rules are fairly straightforward. The object of the game is to reach the finish or Meta square. 

The dice (or if you want to go hi-tech, use a number generator app) is thrown and the counter is moved the relevant number of spaces. The counter will land on a coloured square or a white square with an instruction. The player must then draw a card of the same colour as the square landed on or follow the instruction. 

Cards marked in blue contain a translation task

Cards marked in green test your grammatical knowledge

Cards marked in yellow refer to communication tasks

Cards marked in purple refer to general knowledge questions about Poland

You can write the correct answer to the question on the reverse of the card. Should you land on a grey coloured square, you may choose a card of any colour. 

To help you get started, you can get some example questions below and you can use the “Master” file downloads to create your own cards.

Over the next few weeks you can find daily challenges here for three levels: beginners, intermediate and advanced.  They will be a mixture of translation, communication tasks, grammatical knowledge, and general knowledge questions so you can write them on your cards to practice.