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A1, A2, B1. From a novice to a proud intermediate user

Three levels of Polish vocabulary –
learn even 10,000 words in a year’s time!

Have you ever…

  • tried learning Polish but later forgot most of the words?
  • struggled to find words quickly enough while speaking?
  • wondered why memorising Polish had been taking you so much time?

GOOD NEWS: You are one step away from the Polish vocabulary expressway!

Watch this video to the end, and you will learn NOT ONLY how to prevent forgetting , but also which Polish words to learn first to build a strong foundation, and finally, how to retrieve Polish vocabulary faster from your memory and accelerate your progress by defragmenting your mental vocabulary store.

Long before becoming a foreign-language teacher, I was a successful teenage language learner. People attributed my success to factors, such as linguistic talent or aptitude or young age.

Despite my successes as a learner, I struggled to find a way for my students to OWN THEIR PROGRESS, maintain the pace of their learning and, most of all, control their learning outside the classroom.

I wanted to conceive a convenient “learning expressway” – a learning flow that would foster individual progress between classes or during holiday seasons. I was also seeking a solution to reduce revisions and consolidations in the classroom. I wanted students to be more empowered, and teachers to feel more relieved; and both parties to make the best of the invested time.

I wanted my foreign-language students to reach their milestones faster than others.

The problem was NOT the system – neither the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), nor the choice of Polish-language coursebooks. However, I came to realise coursebooks were NOT optimal tools for autonomous learning.

I reconsidered my past success as a learner… Took out all my certificates and analysed my progress year after year…

And that’s when I had my big “Ah-ha!” moment!

Each time I could effectively accelerate my learning progress I relied on a tool, a technique or a strategy that allowed me to pull off and break away from the „regular slow-motion educational traffic” and start “driving” autonomously at my own preferred pace. My progress was partially on auto-pilot.

What is more, these solutions could be combined to form a powerful synergy!

I believe that EFFECTIVE LEARNERS REQUIRE EFFECTIVE TOOLS.
  1. I first tried SPACED REPETITION SYSTEMS (SRSs): they all worked reasonably well: SuperMemo, Anki, etc., and they brough me initial success. However, there was no easy way to integrate them with coursebooks. Therefore, studying a series of disconnected flashcards separated from my main line of progress did not feel particularly motivating in the long run.
  2. Later, as a trainee teacher I incorporated learning strategies to optimise my learning with SRSs, but I could not guarantee that the strategies I used (rhyming or rhythmic patterns, gestures and funny associations) would be applicable to other learners – after all, we are all different; we represent different styles and experiences.
  3. Finally, as a graduate student I discovered that I could blend elements of cognitive linguistic studies (linking the mind and language) with findings from applied linguistics (meaningful learning as well as learning styles and strategies) to build effective foreign-language learning solutions, and DEMYSTIFY LEARNING POLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE.
People don’t need another app, another course…

They need a TOOL – a vehicle, not a toy!

Compatible with the leading coursebook,

Based on scientific research,

Relying on universal principles.

SOLUTION

It’s time to

“UPLOAD” THE POLISH WORDS INTO YOUR MIND!

Introducing

powered by

Mochi

Windows, Mac OS, iOS/iPadOS, Android, Linux

PRINCIPLES

Three simple components for your success

1. Spaced repetition

A proven base method to memorise new material faster and prevent forgetting

2. Meaningful learning

Remembering relations between words and meanings, learning combinations of words, opposites

3. Cognitive science

Categorisation, tagging, learning
the most important words first

1. Memorise faster, forget less

optimise repetitions

Polish Up! relies on Mochi Flashcards as a platform. It uses a simplified and effective repetition algorithm to optimise your revisions in order to prevent forgetting. Learn new Polish words and save your time – let the software organise the process.

2. Integrate what you know

build associations

Do NOT just study individual flashcards – master the relations between words, integrate and consolidate! This what teachers do in the classroom using mind-maps and other memory strategies. You will be able to remember topic-oriented groups rather than just words.

3. Prioritise and optimise

first things first

It’s not only about the most popular words – you must learn items that are MOST PRODUCTIVE and useful in the greatest VARIETY OF CONTEXTS. And if you find Polish pronunciation challenging, don’t worry – you will see the shorter and simpler words first!

VERSIONS

Three versions for different needs

operator (basic) version of Polish Up!

OPERATOR

control your progress

Sometimes you need the simplest solution, just like my B1- or B2-level students who have mastered the majority of simple Polish words. They wish to revise vocabulary quickly and efficiently before a test/exam. The OPERATOR version of Polish Up! includes all words and hashtags. The grammatical presentation is limited to icons next to the word (gender, number, etc.).

leader version of Polish Up!

LEADER

raise the bar – integrate!

Learn the most important (core) grammatical forms while you memorise the words. Notice plural and gendered forms, comparatives and superlatives. Discover the basic forms of verbs and their aspects without being distracted from the main goal – VOCABULARY MASTERY.

expert version of Polish Up!

EXPERT

LEARN LIKE EXPERTS – NO COMPROMISE

Everything from the leader version plus a collection of thousands (!) of relations between words – around 4,800 on levels A1 (beginner) and 3,400 on A2 (pre-intermediate)! Feel free to digress and have a look at related words and easily return to your main task. In the EXPERT version, every flashcard becomes a presentation that binds your knowledge together!

CATEGORIES

Four key grammatical categories = four dedicated templates

operator (basic) version of Polish Up!

NOUNS (14-15/day )

A very carefully collected group that features the highest number of subcategories indicated by hashtags: names of people, locations, emotional states, natural objects, artefacts, and many more. It also includes nouns made from action words (deverbal). The LEADER and EXPERT versions of Polish Up! also feature the plural forms: both nominative () and genitive (), so you can express any number of items.

operator (basic) version of Polish Up!

ADJECTIVES (5/day )

Painstakingly developed with attention to gender in the LEADER and EXPERT versions – masculine , feminine and neuter in the singular number, as well masculine-personal vs. non-masculine personal in the plural one. Grammatically correct but unnatural/unusual forms are greyed out. Whenever applicable, comparative and superlative forms are provided (LEADER and EXPERT versions only).

leader version of Polish Up!

VERBS (4-5/day )

Whenever possible, presented as aspectual pairs: imperfective – used to talk about actions in progress (or repeated/habitual ones), and perfective – indicating completed or one-time actions. First- and second-person versions presented in the LEADER and EXPERT versions of Polish Up!

leader version of Polish Up!

ADVERBS (1-2/day )

As the smallest group in the flashcard set, adverbs of manner, time, place, frequency, etc., have been carefully explained and the expert version of Polish Up! features numerous relations between adverbs and the so-called adverbials – multi-word expressions that behave like adverbs. As in the case of adjectives, comparative and superlative forms are provided if they exist (uncommon forms have been greyed out).

OTHER WORDS

What about other words: numerals, pronouns, prepositions, greetings, etc.?

I’m glad you asked!

For every other part of speech I had to make a separate decision, but I got most inspiration from the Słowosieć (plWordNet) semantic database. Eventually, I added cardinal numbers (1 – jeden, 2 – dwa, 3 – trzy, etc.) to the deck with nouns (the word “number” as such is a noun,  plus, a written number is an object).

The Polish ordinal numbers (1st – pierwszy, 2nd – drugi, 3rd – trzeci, etc.) were grouped with adjectives because: 1) they describe nouns, and 2) they form gendered forms almost like adjectives. Simple!

As far as the more closed grammatical categories (parts of speech) go, I decided to create a separate deck called “pozostałe” (miscellaneous/others). You can find greetings, pronouns and prepositions there, as well as exclamations, abbreviations and multi-word expressions that are compositional (and best remembered together).

LEVELS

Three levels included: from beginner (A1) to intermediate (B1)

A1: BEGINNER

(download today )

kickstart your progress

You may be shocked to discover there are almost 3,250 cards in the A1 flashcard set mutually connected via 5000 relations in the EXPERT version of Polish Up! I truly wanted my learners to feel that have “copied” the entire coursebook vocabulary into their heads.

A2: PRE-INTERMEDIATE

(download today )

DEVELOP YOUR COMPETENCE

WORK IN PROGRESS: I have been working on this level for some time, and I like how it covers a vast range of topics based on real-life experiences, such as education, work, relations between people, urban as well as rural life.

B1: INTERMEDIATE

(release date: June 21st, 2024 )

BECOME A CONFIDENT USER

Work on level B1 is scheduled to begin in December 2023. This is the stage where your confidence as a more mature learner is boosted with a huge number of more abstract terms and complex topics, such as economy, politics, culture, religion and environment protection.

1 level = 1 year? Too slow!

Most language learners are LOCKED within a 1 year = 1 level system, as in A1=year 1, A2=year 2, and so on. Others keep looking for a miracle app that will transform their learning experience “overnight”. It is not their fault – it is natural to trust experts, but what if educators and software developers are limited by their own tools or beliefs?

Over time, learners are either discouraged seeing how much time is required to master the Polish language; others are so mesmerised by the virtual trophies they get inside apps that they forget about their communicative goals. The former group is at risk of losing motivation, while the latter one may be under the false impression of progress.

One of the underlying problems is a “bottleneck” between a truly vast body of theoretical linguistic research  and the actual practical educational methods and solutions. Applied linguistics acts like a gateway between theoretical research and its practical application. However, some promising ideas and concepts need years or even decades to be noticed and applied in foreign-language learning, as history has proven time and time again.

Recipe: divide and conquer

A lot of time is invested by teachers in the presentation of  new words, but if these words are to be successfully memorised, regular practice and revision are required. Polish Up! is no magic – it simply targets a crucial area (vocabulary memorisation) and delegates the task to software combining three well-researched solutions.

I have conducted a very thorough examination of my favourite Polish coursebook, Hurra!!! Po polsku, and after months of scrutiny I have isolated about 3250 base word (and word-like) forms at the first level (A1), 55% of which were nouns, 13% – verbs, 19% – adjectives, 5% – adverbs, and 8% constituted additional words and expressions worthy of attention.

Learn 27 new Polish words daily

Now, imagine you apply these statistics and form a habit of learning 27 new Polish words daily (apart from revising the material introduced earlier using spaced-repetition), you will have seen EVERY SINGLE WORD TYPE from the coursebook in AS LITTLE AS 4 MONTHS! Yes, it means that within 4 months you would switch from learning to only revising level A1 vocabulary, ensuring you actually memorise EACH AND EVERY WORD from the leading coursebook. You can then begin the next level, while the software takes care of scheduling your revisions.

Additionally, remember that Polish Up! serves you the most popular and productive words first, so the final stages of each level simply mean concentrating on the items that are significantly less popular.

GRAMMAR

But what about grammar?

“Grammar is meaningful.”

Ronald W. Langacker
Cognitive Grammar: An Introduction
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Raising your awareness

Polish Up! focuses on vocabulary, but meaning is NOT restricted to words. It helps you integrate the Polish vocabulary with grammar. Maybe you have a grammar reference book already? Or perhaps you watch YouTube videos about the Polish grammar? Or you want to make a more rapid progress with your Polish tutor? This is where I want to make a difference – raising awareness, integrating, going beyond learning isolated items.

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Drawing your attention to key features

Did you know that in most cases, you can build all forms of a Polish verb if you know the first- and second-person present-tense forms? With adjectives, on the other hand, we need to be careful about gender (the dreaded masculine-personal plural forms!), whereas in the case of adverbs, you have the situation under control is you know how to form the comparative – superlatives are usually a piece of cake. All these elements are briefly covered in Polish Up! (leader and expert versions) without distracting you from the main goal: memorising vocabulary.

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Maintaining your focus

A noun only has a plural form? I will let you know with an icon. An adverb’s superlative exists but looks unnatural? Let’s “gray it out”. I wanted Polish Up! to contain as much information as I would like to share with my own students, but not at the cost of losing clarity and harming your focus. After all, the goal is to learn FAST and EFFICIENTLY.

Z

Raising your awareness

Polish Up! focuses on vocabulary, but meaning is NOT restricted to words. It helps you integrate the Polish vocabulary with grammar. Maybe you have a grammar reference book already? Or perhaps you watch YouTube videos about the Polish grammar? Or you want to make a more rapid progress with your Polish tutor? This is where I want to make a difference – raising awareness, integrating, going beyond learning isolated items.

Z

Drawing your attention to key features

Did you know that in most cases, you can build all forms of a Polish verb if you know the first- and second-person present-tense forms? With adjectives, on the other hand, we need to be careful about gender (the dreaded masculine-personal plural forms!), whereas in the case of adverbs, you have the situation under control is you know how to form the comparative – superlatives are usually a piece of cake. All these elements are briefly covered in Polish Up! (leader and expert versions) without distracting you from the main goal: memorising vocabulary.

Z

Maintaining your focus

A noun only has a plural form? I will let you know with an icon. An adverb’s superlative exists but looks unnatural? Let’s “gray it out”. I wanted Polish Up! to contain as much information as I would like to share with my own students, but not at the cost of losing clarity and harming your focus. After all, the goal is to learn FAST and EFFICIENTLY.

THE PROCESS

It took almost 2 years to create and simplify Polish Up!
to the point of being versatile, effective, and yet user friendly.

And it was totally worth it!

Collecting words and expressions

Out of 50,000 words found in the Hurra!!! Po polsku 1 textbook, I initially collected almost 7,500 forms, and manually simplified the collection to around 2,950 base words and 300 expressions. Then I repeated a similar procedure for the A2-level textbook.

I am currently working with the third (B1) instalment of the coursebook containing over 85,000 words!

Generate, record and verify pronunciation files

I used Microsoft WaveNet technology to generate pronunciation files (over 6,000 recordings per level) for all words and their grammatical forms. Each pronunciation file was checked manually, and should I not be satisfied with the result, I would use my own voice and record it using Ableton Live software.

Providing English and Polish explanations

I built a web-interface to manually align my collection of Polish words with 7 open-source dictionaries and databases to select the meanings and edit the definitions so that they would serve the learners best.

Analyse and organise relations

I programmed scripts that would search for relations between the collected words or their meanings. As a result, I have discovered 4,800 relations between words on level A1, and 3,400 more on level A2. Meanwhile, I also grouped words along almost 80 hashtags for easier browsing.

Generate and verify grammatical forms

I programmed scripts in the Python programming language to reconstruct plural forms of nouns, gendered forms of adjectives, comparative and superlative forms of both adjectives and adverbs, and first- and second-person forms of verbs – imperfective as well as perfective ones.

Afterwards, I have double-checked the resultant database manually – word by word.

Build and test templates and styles

With so much information to present, I had to make sure that my flashcards do NOT look cluttered, incomprehensible or congested. I built templates with 3 levels of complexity (for the OPERATOR, LEADER and EXPERT versions of Polish Up!) and added 4 special styles related to the Polish culture as well as a night mode.

TESTIMONIALS

But don’t just take my word for it!

Several years ago I came across an old version of the HURRA!!! Po polsku coursebook, but I could not understand much without a teacher. Now I can master every single word from the book, and someday, hopefully, I will also understand the Polish grammar.

Rima, Bangladesh

Fashion designer

Scientific but comprehensible – rather than feeling overwhelmed by the amount of new information, I found myself GENUINELY EXCITED to move from one card to the next. With Polish Up! I don’t simply revise – I am building a strong foundation and confidence as a learner of Polish as a foreign language.

Fahad, India

Manager

SPECIAL OFFER

Before you get started

Let me ask you a question:

Would you pay as little as the cost of 3 private (one-to-one) classes, say $17 per lesson, to be able to memorise all Polish words contained in the entire coursebook, all of its 180-200 pages? Sounds good, doesn’t it?

That gives us $51 per level, so $153 to master the entire vocabulary from levels A1 (beginner), A2 (pre-intermediate) and B1 (intermediate).

Good news!

I am NOT going to charge you $153. In fact, I am not even going to ask you the attractive standard price for this product that I intended to be in the range between $47 and $97. I have decided to let my early adopters decide for the version of Polish Up! that best suits their needs and ONLY pay between $27 and $47 for ALL THREE LEVELS!

And yes, that means even $0.07 per day of study!

SPECIAL OFFER

Super-early bird offer!

B1-level flashcards and the matching bonuses will be e-mailed on the 21st of June, 2024 – the first day of summer!

BONUSES

And if you buy ANY version of Polish UP! today,
I will add three bonuses worth almost $60 as a token of my gratitude.

$19 Free!

Polish Antonyms

205 flashcards (A1-A2)*

Opposites, words with opposite meanings, such as happy and sad, uncle and aunt or ask and answer. The Polish language coursebooks contain a lot of such examples, but only a limited attention is given to the topic, which can help you BUILD MEANINGFUL LINKS BETWEEN WORDS.

*) B1 flashcard sets will be made available on the 21st of June, 2024.

$29 Free!

Polish Verb Aspects

781 flashcards (A1-A2)*

Required at the Polish language exams but disliked by learners simply because there are no clear rules. Imperfective verbs indicate either repeated actions or the ones that are in progress, whereas the perfective ones symbolise complete actions or the ones that are only performed once. Learn this collection, and you will be able to MASTER ALL FIVE POLISH TENSES with ease!

$9 Free!

Adjectives vs. Adverbs

82 flashcards (A1-A2)*

Coursebooks devote little attention to building adverbs from adjectives (think: mainmainly), and how about reconstructing the base adjectives when we only know the adverb? Remember, adjectives help you describe nouns, while adverbs add precision to the way you speak about states and actions (oh, and they can describe adjectives, too!). ADD MORE FLAVOUR TO YOUR LANGUAGE!

SPECIAL BONUS

Wait, there is more! The first 100 people who buy Polish Up! will be invited to join my exclusive Discord channel!

Interact with other early adopters, share your observations, discuss the learning techniques
and have even more fun learning the Polish language with Polish Up!

Become part of a tribe of successful Polish language learners!

Frequently Asked Questions

Let me answer your questions

Do the prices include all three levels?

Yes, the prices include levels A1, A2 and B1 regardless of the version (expert, leader, operator). The A1- and A2-level materials can be downloaded immediately after purchase, and I am currently working on the B1 instalment of Polish Up!, which will is scheduled to be published on the first day of summer – the 21st of June, 2024.

Why did you decide to publish Polish Up! as a Mochi Flashcards course/set?
There are three main reasons. First of all, it supports dynamic relations between flashcards, and I could heavily customise Polish Up! using HTML and CSS code. As the author of Polish Up!, I am thrilled that in the future I will be able to add more modules to this project and refer to the original flashcards with ease. Secondly, Matt, the main developer of the Mochi app, has been a very careful listener, always open and responding to users’ feedback. The app is updated on a regular basis. Last but not least, the basic version of Mochi, which is perfectly enough to use Polish Up!, is available free of charge on all main platforms: Windows, MacOS, iOS/iPadOS, Android and Linux.
Does Mochi or Polish Up! require Internet connection?
No, unless you want to download an update or if you want to synchronise your progress across your devices (which is an inexpensive paid option for all Mochi users). When you have downloaded Polish Up!, the entire course including the graphics and MP3 recordings (pronunciation) are stored locally on your device. Similarly, your progress is also saved locally, so there is no need for an active Internet connection.
Can I transfer my progress to a new device?

Yes, all you need is right-click on a given level, for example Polski A1 and select Export Deck. Make sure that the option Include review history is checked. Then you can simply move the resultant .mochi file to a new device.

NOTE: If you own the paid Pro version of Mochi, the synchronisation across your devices will be automatic.

What additional information (grammar, categories) will I get with the simplest Operator version of Polish Up?

Each word will be tagged according to its category. You will see an icon to the left of the word and a matching tag underneath in the matching colour. You will also get additional information as icons to the right of the word, for example if a verb is only used in the third-person or if a noun only has a plural form. You will also see verbs in both imperfective and perfective forms (if they have one) but only as infinitives.

I am using the expert version and there is too much information on some cards. Can I simplify them?

Yes, you can downgrade specific cards to their leader or operator versions if you wish. Simply click the three vertical dots in the top-right corner of the cards to open a menu, select Templates and change the template for a given card. BE CAREFUL to select the matching part of speech!

UPDATE: You can now select templates (expert/leader/operator) for entire collections, so you can easily “downgrade” cards for nouns, verbs, etc. (the change of the template may take a moment).

How do I install Polish Up? Is it difficult?

Not really, and the best thing is that the files are PHYSICALLY on your device, so learning with Mochi and Polish Up! does not require an Internet connection.

You can find a video with installation instructions here:

Polish Up! Installation guide on YouTube

If you prefer written instructions, visit the following page:

Polish Up! How to install

Can I see the current list of hashtags and other symbols?

Of course, I have published it here: https://polish.academy/polish-up/hashtags-symbols/

Polish Up! contains 99.5% words from the "Hurra!!! Po polsku" textbook series. What about the listenings?

I have also added the words from the listening comprehension (słuchanie) tasks. In fact, I have even considered the content of the covers for the most curious learners. 🙂

What is NOT included are the words contained in the workbooks from the aforementioned series.

SUMMARY

Let’s summarise what you get with your purchase:

Polish Up!

value: $49-$99

Polish Antonyms

value: $19

Polish Verb Aspects

value: $29

Adjectives vs. Adverbs

value: $9

Discord Group Participation Forever!

PRICELESS!

Total value: $106-$156

$27-$47 TODAY!

Remember! The B1 flashcard set will be sent to you
on the 21st of June, 2024.

Reduce revisions, speed up your progress

Polish Up! relies on proven methods and enriches them with modern research and state-of-the-art technological solutions. It is like a personal language coach in your computer (or a mobile device) who is responsible for balancing your daily mental workout.

I used spatial repetition back in the early 1990s, and it saved me time (oh, and it saved my parents a considerable amount of money), as I successfully pass my B2 exam in English after 3 years of learning. I do not only believe in my methods – I actually use them daily, and I want to show you how to further optimise your Polish language learning.

Book? App? Integrate!

More books do not guarantee progress. Concentrate on mastering and perfecting what is presented in a coursebook that already brought success to thousands of Polish language learners worldwide. Polish Up! is based on over a decade of my experience with the Hurra!!! Po polsku series. By choosing a particular version of Polish Up! you essentially select the depth of integration and synergy.

Just imagine challenging somebody to ask you about ANY WORD from the book and their face as you recall all of the items with ease.

Save your time and money

Books, apps, courses and pages of notes all bring value and help you learn, but they are rarely made to complement each other. While building Polish Up!, I considered my experience with the coursebook, but I also thought about the numerous digressions that teachers make to create plenty of meaningful associations with the newly presented words.

We all perform better during one class and worse during another – we are simply human beings. I offer you a solution that you can use between your classes, whenever you are in the mood for making progress.

About me

My story

A professional English- and Polish-language tutor, a keen computer programmer and a lover of everything “retro”, an adventurer and nature enthusiast, as well as a former translator and ghost-writer… Oh, and a lover of music, which, in Plato’s words, “gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything”.

As an undergraduate student at a foreign-language teacher training college, I felt underwhelmed with the amount of theoretical linguistic knowledge; moreover, I noticed that both teachers and learners had never been groups with “priority” access to technological innovations.

While working with theoretical linguists, I noticed the proverbial “other side of the coin”. Multiple scholars typically had to concentrate on the procedures and ensure that their experiments yielded valid and reliable results. Their interest in practical educational solutions was either limited or non-existing.

While designing solutions that help you learn the Polish language faster and more efficiently, my goal is to identify theoretical findings that can be transformed into READY-MADE SOLUTIONS, and I intend to keep them simple, stripped of their scholarly elements. And if my ideas can bring learners together and introduce a sense of fun in the learning process, then my mission is complete.

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Nations

Record time to complete the A1+A2+B1 levels with a student (months)

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The risk is ALL on me.

I believe in my product, I believe you will find it helpful and I believe in my mission to make Polish as a language appear more learner-friendly and approachable. This is why I am giving all early adopters the opportunity to evaluate Polish Up! for 30 days.
My ultimate goal is to create a unique “tribe” of successful Polish language users. However, if you are unhappy for any reason, do not hesitate to contact me. I will do my best to help you, but if you feel the product does not meet your expectations, feel free to request a refund. You will be able to keep the materials you have downloaded.

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