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Looking for Polish language resources, but not sure where to start? There are plenty of Polish courses out there, so if you’re learning to speak Polish, it can feel like you’d have to spend hours trying everything out to decide what’s good quality.
Ready for some good news? I’ve put this article together because I’ve done the work for you. I’ve tried out several Polish learning tools to find the best ones out there. And the best part? They’re all free.
Let’s take a look at these online Polish language resources and classes so you can learn Polish, for free.
Online Audio & Podcasts to Help You Learn Polish Free
Listening comprehension is often a struggle for language learners, so doing a lot of active listening is a must. But where do you find good quality audio lessons in Polish?
To start, podcasts are a great way to learn Polish. You can take them with you wherever you go — on a quick trip to the store, in the queue at your local coffee shop, or even as an accompaniment to your bath. Anytime you have a spare moment, you can fit in some language learning.
There are a lot of Polish language podcasts out there, but not many that provide a complete Polish course. I prefer podcasts that provide a step-by-step Polish class. I also think it’s good to listen to Polish as it’s spoken in real conversations
Here’s where to start with Polish language audio:
- PolishPod101 is free to sign up for and is a favorite of the Fluent in 3 Months team. It has an impressive amount of Polish content available at every level from complete beginner to advanced. You get a one-week free trial to test out lessons at all skill levels. After that, you do have to pay for the more advanced lessons and premium material, although it’s very much worth it.
- TuneIn: Listen to radio from Poland on TuneIn. Test out a few stations based on the subjects you’re interested in, see what catches your attention and enjoy. Download the app to enjoy radio on your mobile device.
- Forvo: If you come across a new word, especially with Polish that has a lot of diacritics or accents, Forvo is a great place to listen to words spoken by a native speaker. It has a large database and is a good reference for pronunciation.
- Polski z Grazyna: This Polish podcast has two free seasons on iTunes and they’ve even created a free Memrise deck to accompany the course.
- Misja Krakow: A reading course also available as a podcast. It’s a crime/mystery story that helps you learn the basics of Polish.
- Learn Real Polish: This Polish podcast features scenarios and discussions you may have in your daily life – all in Polish! Learn to talk about everything from vacation to the importance of sleep and more.
YouTube: Free Polish Video Lessons
YouTube is an incredible place to find free Polish classes and resources. The following channels give you hours of Polish lessons in an entertaining format. Plus, video has the added benefits of giving you access to facial expressions, body language and other non-verbal aspects of the Polish language.
- PolishPod101: In addition to their free podcast lessons, PolishPod101 also has an excellent YouTube channel with hours of free content.
- Super Easy Polish: I love the Easy Languages channel because it gives you a look at the local culture and offers you context. In this series, the hosts go out into the streets of Poland and interview the people they meet there. It’s a great way to hear the way people really speak the language, pick up useful conversational language, and practice your listening comprehension.
- Learn Polish with Darek posts long videos with loads of useful phrases in Polish. I just recommend ignoring the advice to learn while you sleep – active listening is the way to go!
- Polish for Beginners is a popular channel for Polish learners. I particularly enjoy Aneta’s explanations of Polish cases.
- Course of Polish shares videos with detailed grammar explanations and helpful tips for Polish language learners. Start with the Crash Course.
- Polish with Ania: Another great channel with lots of free Polish lessons.
Free Online Polish Courses and Systems
If you’re interested in guided lessons, there is an exceptional selection of free online Polish courses and systems available. Here are just a few websites that offer online Polish lessons at no cost:
- Mówić po polsku: This site has a wide range of free Polish language classes. It has modules on everything from pronunciation to grammar.
- Wikibooks offers Polish language learners a free online coursebook.
- Live Lingua: There are several free courses in Polish on Live Lingua, a database of Peace Corps and FSI coursebooks and audio materials.
- Elementary Polish is a free basic Polish course created by a faculty member at the University of Chicago.
- Polish Grammar features free Polish grammar lessons as well as flashcards and information about Polish culture.
- I Will Teach You Polish: Pawel teaches you Polish through texts with audio. There are lessons on specific topics like going to the movies, but he also breaks down the lyrics to different Polish songs.
- Goethe Verlag has 100 free lessons for Polish language learners. They cover everything from numbers to preparing for a trip and running errands.
- BBC Languages: Looking for a fantastic introduction to the Polish language with video and tons of accompanying material? The BBC’s Polish course has it all.
Free Polish Language Apps
Apps are a handy way to learn a new language, especially for those who like to study on the go.
- Memrise or Anki (for iOS, for Android, and for everyone else): These are flashcard systems that you can use to create your own Polish vocabulary decks or download those already created by other users. The desktop version of Anki is free, as is the basic version of Memrise.
- Duolingo is a popular language learning app that introduces you to both Polish vocabulary and grammar. It’s a gamified platform, so it’s fun to use and addictive, so you’ll keep coming back to learn more.
- Drops helps you build your Polish vocabulary in just five minutes of study time per day..
- Clozemaster is a language learning app that uses cloze (fill in the blank) to help you master new vocabulary in Polish.
Free Online Polish Language Resources for Advanced Polish Learners
Watch Polish Vloggers on YouTube
If you’re looking for native and relevant material for your Polish language learning, YouTubers are a great source. Polish vloggers cover everything from comedy to beauty to food, so you’re sure to find a YouTube personality who covers a topic that you’re interested in.
Here are a few of my favorites:
- Globstory: Enjoy travel? Then, this vlog is just for you. Kaja takes you on her adventures around the world in Polish.
- Podróże Busem Przez Świat: A vlog that documents their travels around the world by car. So far, they’ve visited more than 50 countries and only spend about $8 a day.
- Kocham Gotować: The perfect channel for food lovers. Not only do you get to try out tasty recipes, but you also get a peek at some beautifully plated food.
*Kuchnia Lidla: This channel features a range of hosts who all make a variety of fun and tasty dishes.
- SciFun: Learn about science in Polish!
- Historia bez cenzury: Is history your thing? Now you can watch entertaining videos about history in Polish.
- Na Galezi: Are you a movie buff? Then this channel is definitely something that will interest you. Marcin shares his thoughts on current movies in Polish.
- EuroGamerPL: EuroGamerPL is a Polish vlogger who reviews games and shares gameplay videos with new content every few days.
- Broda ty: Another game vlogger who shares reviews of games as well as gaming gear.
- Abstrachuje TV: If you’re into comedy, this channel is known for posting comedy skits.
- The Unboxall: This channel has around 1.5 million subscribers and if showcases unboxing videos and experiments.
Free Polish Language Reading Materials
Finding reading material appropriate for your level in the language can be a challenge. Thankfully, there’s a decent selection of Polish reading resources available to you as a learner online for free.
- Wikipedia: Use Wikipedia to read short articles in Polish. You can switch back to your native language to check your comprehension.
- LingQ: LingQ is a popular online learning system that helps you acquire new vocabulary through its reading interface. It’s free to sign up, though if you want to use it long-term you’ll need to opt for a paid plan.
- Gazeta: This is an online newspaper with loads of articles in Polish.
- Paralleltext.io: This unassuming website lets you read the classics like Sherlock Holmes with the Polish and English text side-by-side on the screen! Click a sentence to hear it pronounced by a computer voice. Tap the circle next to a sentence to change it from Polish to English and back. Switch from a side-by-side English/Polish view to Polish-only if your reading skills are more advanced.
- Wolnelektury.pl: This site has thousands of free books you can read in Polish.
- National Geographic: Do you enjoy reading National Geographic? Now you can do so in Polish.
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