Archive | January, 2013

England’s second language

31 Jan

Guardian writes that Polish is now the main language spoken in England and Wales after English and Welsh, according to 2011 census data released by the Office of National Statistics…

…and a friendlly approach (thanks Lynn for cheering me up after reading Guardian’s readers comments):

Be careful what you wish for…

29 Jan

The conditional mode in Polish.

Watch films! It makes you clever!

28 Jan

My students often come to me with great ideas to improve their Polish. Last lesson, Andrew, an intermediate student, introduced me to a very popular Polish television series called ‘Ranczo’.Image

 It’s the story of Lucy, an American of Polish origin, who inherits a 100 year old, crumbling, manor house back in Poland. This is the reason that she has to visit Poland, which she has been putting off since childhood. ‘Ranczo’ is just one of many examples of films and series that you can use to expand your vocabulary. You can find them on-line:

Watching films is a great way to improve your language skills. Your learning is supported by visual representation and you have a context to refer to. You are exposed to different accents, tones of voice, dialects and slang expressions.

How to make it more effective?

  • Get ready for it! If you know the film is going to be about, find some relative vocabulary that you are not familiar with.
  • Write down new vocab and preferably the full sentence the new word has been used in.
  • Try to use it in a different context. Does it work?
  • Check if you understood it correctly.
  • Tell somebody what happened in the last series.



On-line TV

28 Jan

kanaly telewizji polskiejDid you know that there are several Polish programmes available on-line?

If you don’t know where to click, look for a word Oglądaj which means Watch.

Access to TVP Polonia, TVP Kultura, TVP Info, ITV and many more channels can be found by following these links:

Popular channel called TVN:

Polsat and a few more channels can be found on:

Lots of programmes are repeated here:

Let’s not forget about other channels such as YouTube and Vimeo which are full of films and programmes in Polish.

Here comes a chance to practise your Polish

28 Jan

Next Sunday, 3rd February, there will be a chance to practise your Polish speaking skills in Newcastle. Wiesław Bołtryk, a multitalented artist from Poland, comes to Newcastle upon Tyne for an afternoon of art.  Wiesław is a sculptor, painter, actor, script writer and poet.555269_10151338455633830_671132797_n

There will be a chance to see his exhibition of paintings and chat with him about anything you can say in Polish!

Sunday, 3rd February, start 12pm at Polish White Eagle Club, 2 Maple Terrace, Newcastle upon Tyne.  Not to be missed!

How to improve your Polish?

23 Jan

1. “Anyone who has never made a mistake, has never tried anything new”, said Albert Einstein. Making mistakes is part of the learning process.

2. Get help if you need it. Talk to your teacher, your classmates and your Polish friends and family.

3. Decide on a day and time in the week when you will do your homework and stick to it.

4. Immerse yourselves in the language. Listen to Polish radio, music, visit Polish websites and watch Polish films. The Internet is a deep well of resources that are available for you.

5. Shy bairns, get nowt! Speak Polish as often as you can! It will bring you a great satisfaction.

Why the blog?

22 Jan

I have been teaching Polish in the North East of England for 6 years now. In this time, I’ve built up a large collection of helpful Polish language resources. This IMG_0025blog will enable me to share ideas with students and anyone else who is interested in Polish language and culture. Over time, I hope this blog will become a valuabIe resource itself – a useful tool that will help others to improve their Polish.