Archive | January, 2014

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.

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Discounts for Polish Language Courses

19 Jan

I would like to invite you to the Polish Language courses at The Language Centre in Newcastle. TheĀ  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 callĀ  07582 817243 (Monday – Thursday from 10am to 2pm).

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