Cheer on these Polish dancers!

5 Mar
There is a Polish couple Michał (or Michael as they call him now) and Jowita, who are spectacular Polish dancers taking part in The Greatest Dancers show. They should win on merit, but when the public vote in things like this, talent is not always the winner.
We are cheering on and voting for Michał and Jowita.
Michal and Jowita

How to write a Christmas card in Polish?

19 Dec

In Poland we don’t give each other Christmas cards. Instead we send them to those who we won’t see over the Christmas season. It’s an old Polish tradition and it’s high time for you to get writing so everybody receives their card before Christmas

You can start your wishes with Życzę Ci (I wish you) or Życzymy Wam (we wish you (you is plural)). All of the wishes need to be written in the genitive case as the verb ‘życzyć’ takes the genitive case. They can also be finished with the verb życzy, followed by your name or życzą, if there is more than one person signed.


Wesołych Świąt Bożego Narodzenia – Merry Christmas

(Boże Narodzenie – literally Birth of God)

Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku – Happy New Year


You can add few other phrases that will make your card more special:

Białych Świąt – white Christmas

Magicznej atmosfery przy świątecznym stole – magical atmosphere at the Christmas table

Miłych spotkań z rodziną i przyjaciółmi – nice get-togethers with family and friends

Dużo radości i miłości – lots of joy and love

Żeby Gwiazdka* przyniosła wymarzone prezenty – so the Little Star* brings you the presents you dreamt about


In various places of Poland they are different ‘people’ who bring presents:

Gwiazdka – Little Star (Kujawy),

Gwiazdor –Starman (North East of Poland),

Dziadek Mróz – Frostman (East of Poland),

Aniołek – Little Angel (Małopolska district),

Święty Mikołaj – Santa Clause (Warsaw),

Dzieciątko – Baby Jesus (Silesia district).


I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas

Danka Kudlacik

More Polish films at Odeon Cinemas

24 Oct
There are more chances to see Polish films at Odeon Cinemas in the next few weeks. Aren’t we spoilt?
This Saturday 27/10 at the Silverlink they’ll show a light Polish comedy (it is! promise!) called “Serce nie sługa” – “The Heart Wants What It Wants”
serce nie sluga

Next Saturday 3/11 at the Metrocentre – “7 uczuć” – “7 emotions” – another feel-good Polish production, sequel to a cult comedy “Dzień świra” (“The Day of a Freak”)

7 uczuc
Sunday 11/11 at the Metrocentre “Squadron 303” – “Dywizjon 303” – a story of Polish pilots during the WW2
Friday 23/11 at the Metrocentre – a Polish comedy “A Planet of Singles 2” – “Planeta singli 2”
planeta singli 2
Friday 30/11 at the Metrocentre – another film by Patryk Vega (you might know him from films such as “Pitbull”, “Kobiety Mafii”, “Botoks”) titled “Plagi Breslau” (plot: Every day at 6pm a serial killer kills another person)
plagi breslau

‘The Art of Now: Warsaw’ on BBC4

9 Sep

Picture from BBC Radio 4 website

An interesting radio 4 arts programme ‘The Art of Now: Warsaw’ went out on Monday 3rd September and is still available on  BBC iplayer :

Contemporary Polish artists, writers and musicians talk about political situation in Poland in the era of growing nationalism and how it affects their work.


Polish language courses in Newcastle

2 Sep

Here we go again! We are starting a brand new academic year when you will have a chance to begin your journey with the Polish language. Whether you are a complete beginner or can already speak some Polish, we have a course for you. The Language Centre in Newcastle is offering  Polish courses on three levels this year:

Polish beginners – level 1 POL11801 DK Thursday 4th October 17:45-19:15 enrol here
Polish elementary – level 2 POL11802 DK Wednesday

3rd October

17:45-19:25 enrol here
Polish lower intermediate – level 3 POL11803 DK Monday 1st October 17:45-19:25 enrol here

If you are not sure which level you should enrol on, have a look at the level descriptors:

Pawlikowski’s ‘Cold War’ in Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle

26 Aug

Anybody who is free on Monday 3rd September at 12 o’clock will have a chance to see the latest film by reknowned Polish director Paweł Pawlikowski who won an Oscar for his film ‘Ida’.

His newest film ‘Cold War’ (‘Zimna wojna’) tells the story of two Polish artists who fall in love with each other. The background to their struggle are the events in 50s in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris.

Tyneside Cinema review of  ‘Cold War’:

Update: additional screenings of “Zimna wojna”




Party time!

24 Aug

The Language Centre is celebrating its 5th birthday!

For the last 5 years Polish language courses in Newcastle have been running as part of The Language Centre. To celebrate the success of this independent language school, we are throwing a party! We will have free language taster sessions, including a Polish language session at 1pm, free international buffet, dance workshops, music and much more. We’ll have a charity raffle too!

Saturday 8th September at Commercial Union House, 39 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6QE.

Don’t miss out!

Polish murder mystery by Zygmunt Miłoszewski on BBC Radio 4

21 Aug

Award-winning Polish writer Zygmunt Miłoszewski visited Newcastle upon Tyne in 2013 for ‘European Crime Night’. He talked about writing crime fiction and in particular, his crime series about the prosecutor Teodor Szacki:

  • ‘Entanglement’ (‘Uwikłanie’)
  • ‘A grain of Truth’ (‘Ziarno prawdy’)
  • ‘Rage’ (‘Gniew’).

For those of you who don’t know much about Miłoszewski’s work, BBC Radio 4 prepared a contemporary drama based on his novel ‘A Grain of Truth’ (‘Ziarno prawdy’):

Available for another 3 weeks only! Don’t miss out!


Polish courses at The Language Centre

18 Apr

Another set of Polish language courses is available at The Language Centre in Newcastle upon Tyne.woman-hand-desk-office.jpg

This time we offer:

Polish Beginners which starts on Wednesday 25th April at 5.45pm

Polish Elementary (equivalent of Level 2) on Monday 23rd April at 5.45pm

However, if you are an advanced student of Polish and you are interested in learning Polish, please get in touch with the school and they will put you on the list without any further commitments. Just ring 0191 447 4770 or send an email to

Similarly, if you would like to start learning, contact the school to secure your place on the course starting in few months time. Don’t put it off anymore! You know you want it!

More information:

The Language Centre Newcaste

Another romantic comedy in Metrocentre

17 Apr

Odeon Cinemas are showing another Polish romantic comedy at the beginning of May (last month we could see ‘Kobieta sukcesu’ (‘The woman of success’)). This time the director Bartosz Prokopowicz shows us how complicated relationships can be in his newest film ‘Narzeczony na niby’ (‘Faked Fiancé’).

Especially if you are trying to hide something.

Metrocentre in Gateshead: 4-6 May 2018 at 8.30pm

Who is coming for a lesson of Polish in the cinema?