the ultimate guide to French for beginners
Are you learning French or wondering how to learn French from scratch? This article brings together all of my top advice on why and how you should learn French. This advice is based on my own experience of learning French – things I’ve tried and tested. I decided to write this guide to give you an overview of the French language and also to give you some tips on where to start when you’re a beginner.  Are you ready? Let’s get started! Click on the section that interests you or download this guide and read it later. 1. Why should […]

Learn French from scratch: the ultimate guide to French for beginners

English articles are something that many learners struggle with, especially if their native language doesn’t have them. That’s why I thought I’d write this brief overview of how to use definite and indefinite articles in English. As I’m sure you already know, the two types of articles in English are: the definite article (the) and the indefinite article (a/an). They are used in front of nouns (such as ‘a house’, ‘the book’) and I’m about to give you some rules as to when you should use each one! You can also download your free sheet which summarises the contents of […]

How to use ‘a’ and ‘the’ in English

Polish noun genders: how to recognise and learn them Polish noun genders are something that you may be confused about but fear not – I’m about to give you an easy-to-digest introduction to what Polish noun genders are all about! What’s a noun gender? A noun gender is a quality of a noun (such as an object or a person, for example) that denotes whether it’s feminine, masculine or neutral. I know this sounds weird when you’re a native English speaker and haven’t learned a language that has genders before… Let’s start with the obvious ones: The word ‘woman’ in […]

Polish Noun Genders: How To Learn Them

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How to Learn Japanese My latest language mission (which I started about four weeks ago so it’s not really my new year’s resolution) is to learn Japanese. I’ll be travelling to Japan in March and I’d really like to be able to get to a stage where I can: Introduce myself, say where I’m from and understand my conversation partner’s response Have a basic conversation about what I like, ask my conversation partner what they like and understand their response Ask for information (e.g. a food/drink recommendation in a restaurant or whether a tourist site is worth visiting) and ask for […]

How to Learn Japanese: New Year’s Language Mission

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Learn French for free: blogs Here’s part 1 of the first article in the series ‘How to learn languages for free’. Regardless of what level you’re at, the resources listed below will help you maintain or improve your language skills at no cost. If that’s something you’re interested in, then read on! Also, make sure you subscribe for my free newsletter at the bottom of this article if you’d like more language fun delivered to your inbox! Oui, c’est ça This is a fun blog with cartoons, songs and much more. La bande desinée is something that French people take […]

Learn French for free: part 1

The best books and resources to learn Polish Language books are fun – even in the era of free internet resources and Youtube channels on language learning. If you’re just beginning your Polish learning journey, I’ve got a list of the best books to learn Polish for you. I’ve divided this post into different types of resources, from grammar books to courses in colloquial Polish. When learning a language, I would probably get one of each and supplement this with online resources, podcasts, films and conversation classes. But the choice is yours! Are you ready? Let’s get started! Polish for […]

The Best Books and Resources to Learn Polish

Is Polish the most difficult language to learn? If you think the answer is ‘no’ – don’t worry about reading this blog post. You’re already on the right track! If you think it’s ‘yes’ – carry on! Polish has been named the most difficult language to learn by so many websites, bloggers and people I know. I’ve got a theory about this and I’d like to share it with you so bear with me! Polish is difficult for first-time language learners My theory is that the people who think Polish is tricky tend to be people who haven’t learned any foreign […]

Is Polish Difficult to Learn?

How to order drinks in Polish In this video, I teach you how to order tea, coffee and beer in Polish. Enjoy! How to order drinks in Polish: phrases covered Proszę herbatę – Tea, please Proszę kawę – Coffee, please Proszę piwo – Beer, please You can also learn how to order two of each: Proszę dwie herbaty Proszę dwie kawy Proszę dwa piwa Have you tried ordering drinks in Polish yet? Let me know how it went in the comments below! Follow me on twitter @agakarch Share with other language lovers

Learn how to order drinks in Polish!

Unlike in English, the names of most days of the week in Polish are linked to their position in the week. For example, środa (Wednesday) derives from the word środek (middle) and signifies the middle of the (working) week. Below, you will find a brief explanation of the rest of the days. Remember – in Polish, they’re not capitalised! Poniedziałek (Monday) comes after Sunday (niedziela) – po niedzieli. Wtorek is the second day of the week (wtóry – a rather old-fashioned way of saying drugi, or ‘second’). Środa – the middle day. Czwartek derives from czwarty (fourth). Piątek is like […]

The seven days of the week: what do they mean?

‘Thank you’ and ‘please’ – these two words will take you very far when talking to a Polish speaker. They are also surprisingly easy to master. There is only one little tricky thing about each of them.  ‘Thank you’ or ‘dziękuję’ has two versions depending on how formal you want to be, and ‘please’ or ‘proszę’ has two different meanings. I hope my short podcast below will make things clear for you. Enjoy! Phrases covered: Dziękuję – thank you Dzięki – thanks Proszę – please, you’re welcome, no problem Proszę kawę – coffee, please Share with other language lovers

‘Thank you’ and ‘please’ – always handy!

You must have, at least once, been at a house party where a Polish host offers one of their Polish guests something to eat. Salad?, the host enquiries. Nie, the guest replies.  Bread? Nie, again. Soup? The third suggestion must be the final one, you’re thinking. But then, the guest says no. A minute later you see the host serve hot tomato soup with noodles (the Polish way) to the guest. The guest seems really up for it. But he said no, didn’t he?! To make sense of this situation, you will need to switch off the English-speaking part of […]

Ever wondered why Polish people say ‘no’ when they mean ‘yes’?

How to say hi in Polish
How to say ‘hi’ in Polish Welcome to my blog about learning languages. I will be posting bite-sized lessons for those of you who always wanted to learn the language but could never find the time to do it! In the video below, I teach you how to say ‘hi’ in Polish. Let me know if there’s anything in particular you would like to learn and I will feature it in future posts. If there’s nothing specific, come back to 5-minute Polish in a few days for your next 5-minute lesson! Enjoy! Glossary: Cześć (hi) Hej (hi – informal) Dzień dobry […]

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