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Language Learning

“Kraków is my home and I learned Polish in about a week.” Impressed? These are the words of Argentine soccer player Mauro Cantoro, as quoted on page 8 of last weekend’s scrupulously accurate Dziennik. Cantoro must be either extraordinarily gifted or extraordinarily deluded. I turned at once to page 29 and the full interview. In answer to the question “Did learning Polish take a long time?” the footballer actually replied “I took lessons for… a week.” The three dots were presumably inserted by the journalist – an annoying affectation in written Polish, whose verbal counterpart I have never ever heard. Cantoro continues: “However, it was a real pain, so I gave up. Language is best learned by practising…”

Journalism too.

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