Accusative or Instrumental?

Joao, one of my students told me that he has the feeling that Polish cases are constantly fighting with each other and it is a never ending story. For me is more like a dance… With time and practice moves become much smoother and steps much more confident and you stop counting in your head: one, two, three 😉  Only you flow with the music, your body and mind get relaxed and you are just enjoying it!

I believe that teaching cases and not showing how they work and cooperate together in a sentence is pointless. That’s why I always explain my students reason why we are using cases in Polish language and prepare special tasks so they can feel it and understand it… and enjoy it one day! But first of all I would like them to have fun. To treat Polish like a riddle, math task, game, a chalange. To enjoy speaking Polish!

How to learn cases then? A lot depands on your attitude. Treating them like enemies will bring on you a struggle… So why not to become friends?

What mean Polish cases for you? It is more a fight or a dance?

Let me know how do you feel about them! And if you would like to have some fun, some crazy dance with them, watch my last live and my Youtube video from the playlist: Rozumieć polski (both below).

Below you also find Dyktando: listening and spellig taks with the transcription to download.

3 thoughts on “Accusative or Instrumental?”

  1. Eric Genzlinger

    For a native English speaker, a highly disciplined word order and precise prepositions replace complex inflections and conjugations. Polish word order is not disciplined and the prepositions often change meaning. This is the biggest obstacle for a native English speaker which native polish speakers do not understand. Love your video’s!

    1. Dziękujemy za feedback i Twoją refleksję o języku polskim i angielskim! Super, że uczysz się z nami.

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