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The season of Polish cinema at Tyneside Cinema

9 Jul
The season of masterpieces of Polish cinema selected by Martin Scorsese is starting at Tyneside Cinema today. In the next  month you will be able to see six Polish films with English subtitles. Put it in your diary now! 99501a7738079c0bdd95461f3db1f9aa806d0f96_620_350_18_68_1068_603
A Short Film About Killing by Krzysztof Kieslowski –  9/07/2015 at 18:45 (R)
A grimly confrontational study of the protracted process of ending someone’s life, whether through casual murder or meticulously calibrated execution.
Ashes And Diamonds by Andrzej Wajda  16/07/2015 at 17:50 (R)
Film vividly captures the turbulence and confusion immediately following WWII, as a former resistance hero turns anti-Communist assassin.
Eroica by Edmund Munk 23/07/2015 at 18:45 (R)
Black comedy about WWII. In the first half, a hapless incompetent becomes a Resistance hero; in the second, Polish POWs are anything but keen to escape.
Provincial Actors by Agnieszka Holland – 28/07/2015 at 18:20 (R)
Ambitious ensemble piece, both an allegorical study of cultural interference and a painful portrait of a withering marriage, with the couple actively contemplating suicide or murder as an escape route.
The Saragosa Manuscript by Wojciech Has – 30/07/2015 at 19:40 (R)
As the Napoleonic Wars rage across Europe, two officers from opposing armies meet by chance in Saragossa, Spain, where they’re mutually bewitched by a book they find…
The Promised Land by Andrzej Wajda – 6/08/2015 at 19:55 (R)
Ruthlessly clear-eyed anatomising of the industrial revolution from the perspective of three young entrepreneurs vying to be the most ruthless.
As you know, watching films in Polish is a brilliant way to improve your comprehension skills… so which films are you going to see?

Free audiobooks in Polish to aid your comprehension of spoken Polish

21 Jun

To all Polish language learners this is a plentiful resource of books that are not easily available anywhere in the UK.


I hope you enjoy every minute of these books and that you gain a lot from these fantastic resources.

Back by popular demand – how to insult a Pole without swearing

21 Jun

  …It can be done in many ways, however, one of the common (unintended) insults is to think that Poles speak Russian! Polish and Russian might sound similar to some English speakers, but make no mistake. They are very different. kloce sie z polakiem

  • If you say that somebody is ‘głupi jak but‘, which means ‘stupid like a shoe’, it means you don’t  think highly of their intelligence.
  • Calling a Polish person ‘wieśniak‘ (which means ‘a village person’) would be the way of saying they have no manners. The other way would be to call them ‘burak‘ – ‘a beetroot’, more of an oaf with a red face, or ‘baran‘ – ‘a ram’.
  • Interestingly, Polish people are polite even when they argue, especially if they don’t know each other. You might hear “Pan jest idiotą.” (Sir, you’re an idiot).
  • Poles like to think about themselves as very generous people (have you noticed that they always give you something to eat or drink when you pop in?). Saying that somebody is ‘skąpy jak Szkot‘ – ‘stingy like a Scotsman’ wouldn’t go down well.
  • If you say that somebody is ‘a snowman’ – ‘bałwan’, you don’t think they make much use of their brain (what brain?)
  • Some women are called ‘głupia gęś‘ – ‘a silly goose’ rather than ‘a silly cow’. That’s very offensive!

Of course, you would have to use these expressions in vocative case, but this is a subject for another post ;).

Moomins about total eclipse of the Sun

19 Mar

Do you remember Moomins? Well, here is an episode about Eclipse of the Sun! (zaćmienie słońca)

All in Polish! All for free! Enjoy!


Listen to Polish

13 Feb

Some of you struggle with speaking in Polish. I had a little look through internet resources and websites that you can access Polish and repeat after the speaker.

I have a few places that are not bad to try:

1. Listen to Polish stories: Winnie-the-Pooh (in Polish ‘Kubus Puchatek’) or Alice in Wonderland (Alicja w Krainie Czarów) . This website is great. It shows the Polish text and the English equivalent next to it. The recording is clear as well.

2. The podcast of Piotr who teaches Polish: – few podcasts are for free on-line. I wish he was a little bit more enthusastic though…

3. Listen to the radio, e.g,5 or

Hope this helps. Remember that practice makes masters!

Learn Polish in Newcastle!

20 Jan

Polish courses at The Language Centre – Easy and fun! A great way to learn to speak, read, and write Polish!

Planning a trip to Poland? Is your partner Polish? Do you have a Polish family? We can provide you with the expert help and support in learning all you need to make your adventure with Polish enjoyable and rewarding.

We have groups with different levels of fluency, so you can join a Polish group at your level. A native speaking tutor will make sure you get exactly what you want out of each session with us. As well as improving your Polish conversation and grammar, you’ll learn a bit about Polish culture and meet people with similar interests.

For Beginners

We offer Polish level 1 part 2 which covers the basics of Polish and essential Polish for tourists. You will learn how to order food and drinks in restaurants and how to communicate with the locals. Asking for directions and getting around using public transport will be part of the course this term.
Polish level 1 part 2 starts on Wednesday 21st January at 5.45pm at The Language Centre, 6 Old Eldon Square. To join this course you should already know the basics of pronunciation, the alphabet, the gender of nouns and adjectives, basic verbs in present tense as well as the instrumental case.

For intermediate students
Polish level 2/3 part 2, starts on Thursday 22nd January, 5.45pm at 6 Old Eldon Square.
Come and improve your intermediate Polish. Suitable for those of you who have studied the language for at least a year.

If you have any questions, no matter how small, you can contact the office at

Polish Christmas

20 Dec

Are you thinking of having your first ‘Polish style’ Christmas in Newcastle or somewhere in Poland? If you have turkey and brussel sprouts in mind, you need to think again. Here is a good explanation of what to expect:

I found a good website preparing you in full for carol singing (much better than we did in a class last week), which also tells you all about food during Wigilia (Christmas Eve) and other meaningful traditions:

and here is the list of useful words:

Christmas – Boże Narodzenie

christmas tree – choinka

bauble – bombka

present – prezent

Santa Claus – Święty Mikołaj

angel – anioł

carol – kolęda (religious), pastorałka (non-religious)

carol singers – kolędnicy

snowflake – płatek śniegu

snowman – bałwan

mistletoe – jemioła

Three Wise Men – Trzej Królowie

Baby Jesus – Dzieciątko Jezus

Wesołych Świąt Bożego Narodzenia i szczęśliwego Nowego Roku!!

(to hear how it sounds, press the little speaker icon at the bottom of the Polish version)

Best wishes,



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