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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 usefull:

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

Five ways of learning Polish more effectively

26 Jan

I have been teaching Polish in Newcastle since 2007 and one thing I have noticed is that people give up way too easily on Polish. They either think that they are not making any progress, assuming that learning a new langauge will take only a few weeks, OR they simply don’t have time. Sound familiar? Image

Here are a few tips of how to make your learning more effective. It’s based on the idea that you need to immerse yourself in a language.

1. Go on internet forums, Facebook, Twitter or other social media and… use the language! You can read what others have to say and comment on issues that interest you. It’s fun and it gives you a purpose to use Polish.

2. Listen to Polish music and try to figure out the lyrics. Most of them are easy to find on-line, so you can check if your guesses are right. Learn the words and … sing along! It will be much easier to do than trying to memorize lists of words. Lots of Polish music can be found on YouTube.

3. Read and watch the news in Polish. If you follow British news anyway, in most cases you will know about current events, so it will help to understand the content. Your understanding will be supported by pictures or images and you would tune into language easier that you think.

4. Skype people! I know this is not for everybody, but on Skype you can talk to strangers for free. Not everybody will be up for a conversation, but some would love to meet others and talk to them. Why not try doing it in Polish or exchange your English (or any other language) for Polish? Tandem learning can be a fun way of making progress.

5. Surround yourself with Polish – make a note when you hear a new word or when you find out an interesting fact related to Polish language or culture, cut out newspaper articles, go to the local library and search for Polish books. Share what you found out with others. Their appreciation will bring you a lot of satisfaction. I love hearing new stuff about Poland and its affairs.

It’s not that difficult. Can you do at least one of these to support your learning in class or with a tutor? Try! I dare you.

Discounts for Polish Language Courses

19 Jan

I would like to invite you to the Polish Language courses at The Language Centre in Newcastle. The  Level 1 course for beginners starts on Thursday 30th January at 5.45pm and the intermediate Level 2 course begins on Saturday 1st February at 10am. It’s one week later than initially advertised which should give us more time to find students who are interested in learning Polish.

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

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

More information about courses and the language centre itself can be found at http://www.tlcnewcastle.co.uk/

Anyone interested in learning Polish who enrols for the course before 20th January will receive a discount. All you have to do is enter LOYALTY5 when signing up online.

The 10 week courses will take place in Commercial Union House, 39 Pilgrim Street, NE1 6QE (opposite Tyneside Cinema). If you have any questions about the courses, please contact info@tlcnewcastle.co.uk or call  07582 817243 (Monday – Thursday from 10am to 2pm).

Please share this information with anybody interested in learning Polish or any other foreign language.

Polish films at the click of your mouse!

25 Nov

One of the best ways of learning a foreign language is by watching films from that country. It’s not only fun, but a great way to learn vocabulary you might not otherwise come across during your Polish language lesson.

YouTube provides you with a wide choice of clips, but it’s not always easy to find a full length film. The website http://ninateka.pl/ has a good variety of films, plays, documentaries and music.

The website http://polvod.pl/ has a good collection of old Polish classics from the 70s, 80s and 90s. There are also selections for children and populat television series.  Have a look for yourself and I would suggest you also prepare by reading something on-line in English before you start watching the film.

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Here’s a good idea

25 Nov

spis tresci zeszytyOne of my best students uses these notebooks which have pictures with a Polish translation in the margin. They are handy little reminder to hav while you’re making notes.  They have a variety of different topics which I have listed below. Here is the website if you’re interested in these:

http://www.gatis.pl/oferta/zeszyty-slowniki/

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Did you know…?

15 Nov

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Play Poland again! Join us!

3 Oct

Come and enjoy a different kind of movie experience and some great company!

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The Play Poland Film Festival 2013 is to be held at 5 pm on the 18th October 2013 at The David Puttnam Media Centre, Sunderland, SR6 0DD St. Peter’s Campus. So join us and don’t spend another night in front of the TV! Deputy Major of Sunderland will be there and after a brief introduction, the film show will begin.

This is the third year for the Play Poland event, which is held in other cities, including: Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, London, Newcastle, as well as cities in other countries.

TICKETS:

Remember to order tickets, it’s easy and very quick. Number of seats are limited !!
Check it out here:

Your chance to learn Polish!

3 Oct

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

Learn Polish with me! New courses!

Learn Polish with me! New courses start soon!

Level 1

A great place to start. This course is designed for beginners. If you’ve never spoken Polish before 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 17th October 2013, Thursdays 17.45-19.15

 

Level 2

This course is for learners who have a basic grasp of grammar and syntax of the Polish language. It will cover the basics of speaking, listening, reading and writing as well as some cultural aspects.

Date: From 19th October 2013, Saturdays 10.30-12pm

Place: Commercial Union House, 39 Pilgrim Street, NE1 6QE (opposite Tyneside Cinema)

Courses run for 10 weeks unless otherwise stated.
FULL – £118   •     OAPs – £98     •    F/T STUDENTS – £88    •    BENEFITS – £78

Enrolments: http://www.tlcnewcastle.co.uk/

Everybody welcome!

 

Polish Baking Workshop – Saturday 28th September

2 Aug

In conjunction with Discovery Museum’s new gallery – Destination Tyneside (which opened on 13 July 2013), come and enjoy a day of Polish

Picture comes from the Black Friars Restaurant website

Picture comes from the Black Friars Restaurant website

home baking and some delicious breads and cakes at the Black Friars Restaurant. £65pp including lunch and anything you don’t eat you can take home! 10-4pm

Please note we don’t send out actual tickets for our events or workshops

To book your place, please click below: http://www.blackfriarsrestaurant.co.uk/events-and-offers/127/polish-baking-workshop

Venue:

Blackfriars Restaurant
Friars Street
Newcastle
NE1 4XN

Tel: 0191 261 5945

Email: info@blackfriarsrestaurant.co.uk

PS: Thanks Jane B. for sharing!

Free audiobooks in Polish!

20 May

Well, this is great!

I have just found out that you can access free audiobooks in Polish as well other books to read on-line here: http://wolnelektury.pl/Image

As you can read on their page, “Audio library of required readings of Modern Poland Foundation. It is free of charge and you can use it without any limits. Audiobooks are recorded with the participation of famous Polish actors like Danuta Stenka or Jan Peszek.”

To all Polish language learners this is a plentiful resource of books that are not easily available anywhere in the UK.

I recommend the legends and fairy tales of the Grimm brothers and Hans Christian Andersen to start with as you can follow the text and listen to the story.

I hope you enjoy every minute of these books and gain a lot from this fantastic resource.

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