Yes, I’m still studying Polish

And my Polish friends find it hard to believe. I haven’t told you about my progress with the Slavic language since October. Before Easter I spent two weeks in Poland. But why? What’s in there? Apart from Poles, there’s my progress test. Once again some friends hosted me. Friends have, nevertheless, no educational obligation and…

Babbel: learning languages online

When I wrote about how I got my survival level in Polish, I mentioned the Babbel site to learn languages and promised to post an extended review that’s available now. Babbel is a tool for learning up to 14 languages online (and on mobile devices)—but you might not want to go for all at the…

Linguistic experiences in Poland (2014)

A promise is a promise: here are the details of my summer experience with Polish in its country of origin. After many months studying the language, I set of on that seventeen-day journey to visit my Polish friends in their country, learn about it and, especially, test my linguistic skills. My monolingual friend—the one who…

I speak Polish. What’s your superpower?

Last January I shared with you my will to learn a language with few speakers—in the sense of not being a language people study because of it being useful. Now I happen to speak Polish. You—like everyone before—might be wondering why Polish. As I said, I speak English and Spanish, hence I don’t need another…

Size does matter: how to use the thin space

Some might know about this already, others may wonder what that thing they’ve heard of before is exactly and most of you will be taken aback by the existence of any space other than the one produced by the space bar. The space that separates words—should the text not be justified—is a fourth of the…