West Slavic Languages - Which one would you learn and why?

flurry   Fri Jun 18, 2010 6:32 pm GMT
Polish, Czech and Slovak - which of these would you pick to learn? Which would be the second? And the third? What would be your order of preference and why? What is your opinion on these languages? Thank you.
Matematik   Fri Jun 18, 2010 7:18 pm GMT
Polish - spoken by 40 million and a greater political power.

However, Czech and Slovak are pretty similar and if you can speak one you can speak the other, so combined that's 20 million speakers. Also, the Czech Republic and Slovakia are a bit more developed than Poland.

But in terms of number of speakers, cultural influence and literature you aren't going to beat Polish.

Having said all this, all Slavic languages are pretty worthless compared to Russian and Russian is actually easier than most too.
Baldewin   Fri Jun 18, 2010 7:20 pm GMT
Czech Republic is also the most secular of them all and have a culture that's most German-influenced. But culturally Polish is more interesting.
Baldewin   Fri Jun 18, 2010 7:22 pm GMT
Sorbian still has the dual tense. Which means you can use that tense while having a threesome. Sadly it's not that vernacular.
just me   Fri Jun 18, 2010 7:31 pm GMT
Slovene still has the dual too, it sounds so romantic
Slovak sounds sweeter than Polish and Czech
Lebensraum   Fri Jun 18, 2010 8:36 pm GMT
Vancouver Manderin or London's Chinatown Cantonese are my favourite proto-West Slavic languages.
Carpenter Fred   Sun Jun 20, 2010 11:07 am GMT
@ flurry . Polish in Northern Poland is also very Germanized... For English speakers probably Kashubian would be the easiest to learn. It has aspirated 'h', 'w' pronounced like in English, soft sz,cz that sound exactly like English sh, ch, and it is full of 'schwas' represented by e''[ ə ] and also fronted 'oo's [ ʉ ]...But it is spoken by only 50000 - 80000 people, so it is useless...;(
K√ľnstler   Sun Jun 20, 2010 11:44 am GMT
Polish and Czech sound ugly.
Slovak is pleasant.
C.F.   Sun Jun 20, 2010 12:24 pm GMT
Kuenstler check out Kashubian, sounds softer...