Easy Polish! Great short videos with subtitles

29 Mar

One of my lovely students Judy found a really good source of videos about Polish ispoland-1034803-msues. I like the fact that they all have translations on the screen both in English and in Polish, so you can follow every single word.

Judy wrote:

Nie wiem, czy już znasz tę stronę:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLA5UIoabheFN7GIhcfUGQT2S5_U5sWnhK

Ma ciekawe nagrania (videos) 5- albo 6-minutowe po polsku z napisami po polsku i po angielsku.

Enjoy!

Win a Polish language course in Krakow, textbooks, private lessons, films, access to online resources or textbooks to learn Polish

29 Mar
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Krakow fot. Mark Savage

 

The Language School Glossa in Krakow is organising a competition in which you can win a Polish language course in Krakow, textbooks, private lessons, films, access to great online resources or textbooks to learn Polish. Every year someone form our Language Centre in Newcastle wins something. Once we even had a first prize winner!

What do you have to do? It’s easy. You have to write about your experiences, impressions, memories, relationships or just what Poland means to you. It can be done either in Polish or in English. The work must not exceed 9000 characters (including spaces) and the entries should be sent in by 31.03.2017.
I hope I find your name amongst the winners!

Podcasts that make you learn more!

28 Feb

One of my dedicated students Francis found a brilliant source of podcasts aimed at Polish language learners. It’s called  Real Polish  and it’s a great (and free!) Polish learning online resource. The website contains lots of great stuff for Polish learners, free online podcasts as well as Polish audio and texts.

The titles of each podcasts are in English and in Polish, so you can decide what topics interest you most. The presenter, Piotr, speaks slowly and clearly and it’s a real pleasure to listen to him. I definitely recommend learning with him!

Here are the links:

https://realpolish.pl/tag/polish-listening/

or here

https://player.fm/series/learn-polish-language-online-resource

 

 

Learn Polish while listening to music

14 Jan

It’s not a secret that listening to music in Polish can improve your vocabulary as you learn new words and phrases. It doesn’t really feel like learning while you’re having fun!

I found a you tube clip of Krzysztof Napiórkowski’s song Wszystko gdzieś w nas.  The key phrases of the video are on the screen, so it’s very easy to follow the lyrics.

 

Free children’s stories in Polish

2 Jan

Reading children’s stories is fun, especially if they are in Polish and challenge your understanding of everyday phrases. I found a great website that has links to a lot great stories:  http://www.bajkidladzieci.13tka.com bajki-dla-dzieci

A story about a stubborn kitten – Bajka o upartym kotku

http://www.bajkidladzieci.13tka.com/bajki-z-rzutnika.php?page=bajka-o-upartym-kotku

Red Riding Hood – Czerwony Kapturek

http://www.bajkidladzieci.13tka.com/bajki-z-rzutnika.php?page=czerwony-kapturek

A star from a Christmas tree – Gwiazdka z choinki

www.bajkidladzieci.13tka.com/bajki-z-rzutnika.php?page=index3

Some of the links on the website are quite old, so apologies if don’t work.

 

 

Write a Christmas card in Polish

12 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 time.christmas-star-1420864

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

Join us! Learn Polish and have fun!

14 Nov

All of my students have a reason to learn. Maybe they want to communicate with relatives or their partner’s family, or perhaps it’s for work. They might be thinking of travelling to Poland and want to understand the language, or they have got a particular interest, like Polish literature or cuisine. Once they enroll on the course, they need to keep the reasons in mind all the time.

The first step is the most difficult. It’s to do with making a commitment. And there is the fear that you might not succeed. I can tell you now: if you try and put enough effort into learning, you are going to succeed. Throughout all the years I have been teaching Polish in Newcastle, I have come across all kinds of students, and the ones that are almost fluent in Polish now are the ones that stuck with it. Nobody did it for them. They studied, practised, revised and they got there at the end. During lessons, they engaged in discussions, conversed…and realised that everybody struggles with something in Polish.

It’s a great satisfaction to speak a language that sounds so alien when you hear it for the first time. But language is just a combination of grammar rules and vocabulary. If you spend time getting familiar with them, you’ll see that it’s like any other skill that you already have. If you take the time to practice, you’ll reap the benefits.

Good luck!

Enroll to Polish courses at any level at

www.tlcnewcastle.co.uk