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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’) http://www.let.rug.nl/~houtzage/poohpolengpart1.html or Alice in Wonderland (Alicja w Krainie Czarów) http://www.let.rug.nl/~houtzage/alicepolengpart1.html . 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:
http://realpolish.pl/podcast/ – few podcasts are for free on-line. I wish he was a little bit more enthusastic though…

3. Listen to the radio, e.g http://www.rmfon.pl/play,5 or http://www.radiozet.pl/sluchaj/online/Radio-ZET-online.html

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 office@tlcnewcastle.co.uk

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:

http://www.polishchristmasguide.com/

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:

http://www.polishcenter.org/Christmas/CAROLS.htmchristmas

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!

https://translate.google.co.uk/#auto/en/Weso%C5%82ych%20%C5%9Awi%C4%85t%20Bo%C5%BCego%20Narodzenia%20i%20szcz%C4%99%C5%9Bliwego%20Nowego%20Roku!

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

Best wishes,

Danka

Convince Santa that you were good!

7 Dec

Were you good this year? Let Santa know!

This year Santa has many presents for all of you! Convince Santa that it’s you who’s studied Polish diligently enough to gimg.phpet a present this year!
How you can enter?
1. Convince Santa!
Write about how you have been studying Polish for the whole year in 100-200 words. Include the things that were easy and things that were hard for you. Tell us what your biggest achievement has been and about the method which helped you succeed! You can write in Polish or in English. Do your best to convince Santa!
2. Fill in the entry form by 14th Dec 2014
Find the entry form at the bottom of the page http://www.glossa.pl/polish/english/mikolajki2014.php and send it to konkursy@glossa.pl along with your essay!

***Enter the competition and pay less for the „Christmas Intensive Course” in Poland!

All contestants who send applications complying with Santa’s requirements above, will immediately advance to the next round of the contest and be awarded 20% OFF discount for all Polish courses in Glossa!
See our Christmas intensive course offer at www.glossa.pl/christmas and let your holiday season start on 8th December this year!

***

Get the main prize!
Contestants who comply with all contest requirements will get into the second round of the competition, where they will take part in the draw for the main prizes:
10 one-year online Polish courses at e-polish.eu
5 sets of Polish coursebooks „Polski Krok po Kroku”
• UNLIMITED: 20% OFF discounts for all Polish courses in Glossa – for those who reach the 2nd round of the competition.

Santa is waiting for your applications at konkursy@glossa.pl until 14th Dec 2014. Results will be announced on 16th Dec 2014 at www.glossa.pl/mikolajki , Facebook.pl/glossa.sofl and Twitter.com/PolishOnline

Polish film at the Tyneside cinema

30 Nov

There is another Polish film on at the Tyneside cinema. This time they are screening a Polish comedy from 1984, “Seksmisja” by Juliusz Machulski. It’s one of those films that Polish people know inside out. It’s hilarious… but is it funny for British people as well?

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Two scientists are chosen as guinea pigs for a time experiment…

Wednesday, 10th December, 8.45pm
… and what a perfect opportunity for level 1 students to meet up after the class before the film for a glass of something. Well, invitation is open to anyone.

Here are more details (please don’t judge the book by its cover!)
https://www.tynesidecinema.co.uk/whats-on/films/view/sexmission

Hope to see you there,
Danka

Learn to speak Polish in Newcastle!

13 Oct

If you are interested in learning to speak Polish, why not enrol on the Polish language course at The Language Centre where you will be taught by a qualified Polish language teacher. The Centre is based right in the middle of Newcastle and the course is due to start very soon.

2 days left to get a discount! To be eligible for the Earlybird Discount please enter 'LOYALTY5' when enrolling

Bring a friend and get a discount!

Level 1
An ideal place to start. This course is designed for beginners. If you’ve never spoken Polish before or perhaps you only know a couple of words, this is the level for you. You will be starting off with individual words and short, useful phrases, then progressing to build up your vocabulary and your confidence.You will be able to have a simple conversation in Polish and you will learn to understand and use familiar expressions.
Date: From 22nd October 2014, Wednesdays, 17.45-19.30

Level 2
This course is for learners who have a basic grasp of the grammar and syntax of the Polish language. It will cover the fundamentals of speaking, listening, reading and writing as well as some cultural aspects.
Date: From 23rd October 2014, Thursdays, 17.45 – 19.30
Level 3
A more advanced level for those who can speak some Polish and understand phrases.  If you can handle a short social exchange, this level helps you to become more fluent. Join our lessons for more!
Date: From 21st October 2014, Tuesdays, 17.45 – 19.30
Courses run for 10 weeks.
FULL – £118 • OAPs – £98 • F/T STUDENTS – £88 • BENEFITS – £78
Enrolments: http://www.tlcnewcastle.co.uk/

Everybody welcome!

Few interesting facts about Polish language

22 Sep

Did you know…?
1. The first sentence ever written in Polish comes from the Book of Henrykow, dated 1270, found in the abbey of Cistercian monks chronicle written down in Latin. henrykow

Day ut ia pobrusa, a ti poziwai.
Daj, ać ja pobruszę, a ty poczywaj.
It means:
Let me grind, and you rest.

This sentence was said by Czech Boguchwal to his Polish wife.

2. Around 50 million people in the world speak Polish language (native and secondary), mostly in Poland, but also within different communities in Lithuania, Belarus and Ukraine.

3. The name of the country comes from the tribe of Polans (Polanie). Around 9th century several parts of Poland were united. The term itself means “field” or “plain,” which tells a bit of the country’s landscape.

4. The most similar languages to Polish are Czech, Slovak, Kashubian (spoken in the north of Poland, in Pomerania) and Serbian. Less related are the languages of the Southern and Eastern Slavic groups, such as Russian, Ukrainian and Croatian.

5. The Polish alphabet, is based on Latin and contains 32 letters. Q, X, V occur in borrowed words or in commercial names of brands only.

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