This imaginative, comprehensive course, designed for both individual and classroom use, assumes no previous knowledge of the language. The aim is to provide the student with a general understanding of the language’s overall structure as well as the means for basic communication. The unique combination of practical exercises and step-by-step grammar emphasizes a functional approach to mastering the language and acquiring vocabulary. Everyday situations and local customs are explored through dialogues, newspaper extracts, drawings, and photos. The book also includes a Polish-English glossary, an exercise key, and two accompanying CDs.