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Great success of our Polish language student from Newcastle

7 Jul

glossa-logoIMG_0240Congratulations to our student from The Language Centre in Newcastle, Francis O’Doherty, for winning one of the prizes in the competition of ‘Glossa’ Polish Language School in Krakow.

Francis wrote about his experiences with Poland, Polish people and Polish language. It’s very funny to read and I recommend it to everyone who wants to know why people might be interested in learning meanders of Polish grammar and words that are sometimes impossible to pronounce. It might motivate you to try to stick to it once you know few words.

http://kursyjezykapolskiego.pl/laureaci-konkursu-jezyka-polskiego-ja-a-polska

Gratulacje, Francis!

Try poetry!

28 Jun

Recently Polish poem by Adam Zagajewski was featured in BBC’s An Anthology of Summer Poems. The poem is ‘Try to Praise the Mutilated World’ and it’s been published for the first time after the 9/11 attacks in United States. I think it has new meanings nowadays…

It is the second poem on this compilation http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08vxkm7

and here is the Polish version of it:

 

Zagajewski Adam

*** (Spróbuj opiewać okaleczony świat)

Spróbuj opiewać okaleczony świat.
Pamiętaj o długich dniach czerwca
i o poziomkach, kroplach wina rosé.
O pokrzywach, które metodycznie zarastały
opuszczone domostwa wygnanych.
Musisz opiewać okaleczony świat.
Patrzyłeś na eleganckie jachty i okręty;
jeden z nich miał przed sobą długą podróż,
na inny czekała tylko słona nicość.
Widziałeś uchodźców, którzy szli donikąd ,
słyszałeś oprawców, którzy radośnie śpiewali.
Powinieneś opiewać okaleczony świat.
Pamiętaj o chwilach, kiedy byliście razem
w białym pokoju i firanka poruszyła się.
Wróć myślą do koncertu, kiedy wybuchła muzyka.
Jesienią zbierałeś żołędzie w parku
a liście wirowały nad bliznami ziemi.
Opiewaj okaleczony świat
i szare piórko, zgubione przez drozda,
i delikatne światło, które błądzi i znika
i powraca.

 

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.