The title of this post is very misleading... I could already speak Polish at an intermediate-ish level before I started reading Harry Potter. However, this experience has really taught me alot!
What and why?
First, some background. Along with my own evolving ideas about language acquisition I've recently (maybe over the last 6 months?) become interested in the ideas of Stephen Krashen and Steve Kaufmann. They both emphasize "comprehensable input" as the primary means to language acquisition. This means reading and listening.
So, I decided that I wanted to read more in Polish. I had two primary goals:
- To expand my vocabulary.
- To read something interesting that I would enjoy.
I chose Harry Potter for the following reasons: