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Convince Santa that you were good!

7 Dec

Were you good this year? Let Santa know!

This year Santa has many presents for all of you! Convince Santa that it’s you who’s studied Polish diligently enough to gimg.phpet a present this year!
How you can enter?
1. Convince Santa!
Write about how you have been studying Polish for the whole year in 100-200 words. Include the things that were easy and things that were hard for you. Tell us what your biggest achievement has been and about the method which helped you succeed! You can write in Polish or in English. Do your best to convince Santa!
2. Fill in the entry form by 14th Dec 2014
Find the entry form at the bottom of the page and send it to along with your essay!

***Enter the competition and pay less for the „Christmas Intensive Course” in Poland!

All contestants who send applications complying with Santa’s requirements above, will immediately advance to the next round of the contest and be awarded 20% OFF discount for all Polish courses in Glossa!
See our Christmas intensive course offer at and let your holiday season start on 8th December this year!


Get the main prize!
Contestants who comply with all contest requirements will get into the second round of the competition, where they will take part in the draw for the main prizes:
10 one-year online Polish courses at
5 sets of Polish coursebooks „Polski Krok po Kroku”
• UNLIMITED: 20% OFF discounts for all Polish courses in Glossa – for those who reach the 2nd round of the competition.

Santa is waiting for your applications at until 14th Dec 2014. Results will be announced on 16th Dec 2014 at , and

Polish film at the Tyneside cinema

30 Nov

There is another Polish film on at the Tyneside cinema. This time they are screening a Polish comedy from 1984, “Seksmisja” by Juliusz Machulski. It’s one of those films that Polish people know inside out. It’s hilarious… but is it funny for British people as well?


Two scientists are chosen as guinea pigs for a time experiment…

Wednesday, 10th December, 8.45pm
… and what a perfect opportunity for level 1 students to meet up after the class before the film for a glass of something. Well, invitation is open to anyone.

Here are more details (please don’t judge the book by its cover!)

Hope to see you there,

Learn to speak Polish in Newcastle!

13 Oct

If you are interested in learning to speak Polish, why not enrol on the Polish language course at The Language Centre where you will be taught by a qualified Polish language teacher. The Centre is based right in the middle of Newcastle and the course is due to start very soon.

2 days left to get a discount! To be eligible for the Earlybird Discount please enter 'LOYALTY5' when enrolling

Bring a friend and get a discount!

Level 1
An ideal place to start. This course is designed for beginners. If you’ve never spoken Polish before or perhaps you only know a couple of words, this is the level for you. You will be starting off with individual words and short, useful phrases, then progressing to build up your vocabulary and your confidence.You will be able to have a simple conversation in Polish and you will learn to understand and use familiar expressions.
Date: From 22nd October 2014, Wednesdays, 17.45-19.30

Level 2
This course is for learners who have a basic grasp of the grammar and syntax of the Polish language. It will cover the fundamentals of speaking, listening, reading and writing as well as some cultural aspects.
Date: From 23rd October 2014, Thursdays, 17.45 – 19.30
Level 3
A more advanced level for those who can speak some Polish and understand phrases.  If you can handle a short social exchange, this level helps you to become more fluent. Join our lessons for more!
Date: From 21st October 2014, Tuesdays, 17.45 – 19.30
Courses run for 10 weeks.
FULL – £118 • OAPs – £98 • F/T STUDENTS – £88 • BENEFITS – £78

Everybody welcome!

Few interesting facts about Polish language

22 Sep

Did you know…?
1. The first sentence ever written in Polish comes from the Book of Henrykow, dated 1270, found in the abbey of Cistercian monks chronicle written down in Latin. henrykow

Day ut ia pobrusa, a ti poziwai.
Daj, ać ja pobruszę, a ty poczywaj.
It means:
Let me grind, and you rest.

This sentence was said by Czech Boguchwal to his Polish wife.

2. Around 50 million people in the world speak Polish language (native and secondary), mostly in Poland, but also within different communities in Lithuania, Belarus and Ukraine.

3. The name of the country comes from the tribe of Polans (Polanie). Around 9th century several parts of Poland were united. The term itself means “field” or “plain,” which tells a bit of the country’s landscape.

4. The most similar languages to Polish are Czech, Slovak, Kashubian (spoken in the north of Poland, in Pomerania) and Serbian. Less related are the languages of the Southern and Eastern Slavic groups, such as Russian, Ukrainian and Croatian.

5. The Polish alphabet, is based on Latin and contains 32 letters. Q, X, V occur in borrowed words or in commercial names of brands only.

How to insult a Pole without swearing?

9 Sep
  • …It can be done in many ways, however, one of the common (unintended) insults is to think that Poles speak Russian! Polish and Russian might sound similar to some English speakers, but make no mistake. They are very different. kloce sie z polakiem
  • If you say that somebody is ‘głupi jak but‘, which means ‘stupid like a shoe’, it means you don’t  think highly of their intelligence.
  • Calling a Polish person ‘wieśniak‘ (which means ‘a village person’) would be the way of saying they have no manners. The other way would be to call them ‘burak‘ – ‘a beetroot’, more of an oaf with a red face, or ‘baran‘ – ‘a ram’.
  • Interestingly, Polish people are polite even when they argue, especially if they don’t know each other. You might hear “Pan jest idiotą.” (Sir, you’re an idiot).
  • Poles like to think about themselves as very generous people (have you noticed that they always give you something to eat or drink when you pop in?). Saying that somebody is ‘skąpy jak Szkot‘ – ‘stingy like a Scotsman’ wouldn’t go down well.
  • If you say that somebody is ‘a snowman’ – ‘bałwan’, you don’t think they make much use of their brain (what brain?)
  • Some women are called ‘głupia gęś‘ – ‘a silly goose’ rather than ‘a silly cow’. That’s very offensive!

Of course, you would have to use these expressions in vocative case, but this is a subject for another post ;).

Why is Polish easy?

8 Sep

You might have heard that the Polish language is one of the most difficult languages to learn.  That’s a bit unfair and these people couldn’t be more wrong. polish flag

Here is why:

1. There are only three tenses in Polish: past, present and future (and two aspects – perfective and imprerfective). Some of you might not be aware that there are… 16 tenses in English (just to name a few: Present simple, Present continuous, Present perfect, Present perfect continuous, Future perfect continuous, Past simple, Past continuous etc.). Complicated, isn’t it?

2. Once you have learnt the alphabet, that’s it, you’ve got it – you know how to pronounce almost every word in Polish as the Polish alphabet is phonetic.

3. You will find a lot of words in Polish that you recognise in your own language because some words have Latin roots, a few examples are komputer, idiota, radio, motywacja, kalkulator and… many more!

4. There are plenty of opportunities for you to experience Polish if you are living in the North East of England. The internet is full of Polish TV programmes, news, etc. as well as free lessons, applications and other learning tools. There are local organisations that arrange Polish events, trips, and other sessions. Just keep your eyes open.


Polish makes the top five!

8 Feb

The Telegraph published a list of 10 best languages to study. Polish is at the fifth position! Here is what they say why learning Polish is useful:

fot. Mark Savage

fot. Mark Savage

“Polish makes the top five, with 19 per cent of UK managers rating it as useful for their organisations. Large-scale Polish migration to the UK after the country’s admission to the European Union made the headlines, but as the largest consumer market of the new EU member states and the only EU country to avoid recession since the downturn began, business ties with Poland extend considerably further.”

Click for the link to the article: here


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