Our local news website Polnews informed us that we have another chance to watch a Polish film in British cinemas. This time it’s a romantic comedy with Maciej Stuhr called “Planeta singli” (“The planet of singles”).
What is it about?
He is one of the top celebrities in the country: a fast-talking TV host, who can joke his way out of any situation. Women want to be with him, men want to be like him. He is looking for a new topic to discuss in his popular talk-show. She is a teacher at a musical school – a timid girl looking for Mr. Perfect on an internet dating site. He will help her realise her potential and teach her how to recognise various types of men for what they are, she will teach him what real life is about. The show will become a huge hit. It seems they are destined to fall in love and be together, but one day she actually does meet Mr. Perfect on the net. (source: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5127398/)
Watching movies helps you learn Polish. It’s useful because you get to hear lots of slang and cool expressions – it’s how people really talk. Also, you should be able to enjoy it, having visual clues to aid your understanding, even if you don’t understand every last thing the characters are saying.
I would like to invite you to participate in the International Test of Polish as a Foreign Language – Fourth Edition, Agata Stepnik – Siara in memoriam, which will take place on 29 th and 30 th April this year.
It will be the fourth edition of this event. Over 3000 individuals and 700 teams participated in previous editions.
The test will be available on our website http://www.polishcourses.com for 36 hours – from 9am 29 th April until 9pm 30 th April. The test will involve two categories of participants: individuals and groups.
For the winners we have got attractive prizes:
- Standard Polish language courses for foreigners in Kraków
- books from PROLOG Publishing.
Don’t miss out!
Enter the competition: “Poland and Me!”
Are you interested in Polish culture? Are you learning Polish? Or maybe you’re just planning on starting your adventure with the Polish language?
Try your hand at competition “Poland and Me!” organised by the Polish Language School ‘Glossa’.
Write about your experiences of Poland, your impressions, memories, relationships or just what Poland means to you.
You have the chance to win some amazing prizes:
fot. Mark Savage
- two-week intensive Polish language course in Krakow
- accommodation with a host family or in a shared apartment
- extra-curricular program
- two-week intensive Polish language course in Cracow
- extra-curricular program
10 private lessons online
- 10 x online courses
- 5 x selected textbooks from the series “POLSKI Krok Po Kroku”
- 5 x selected items from Polish cinema
Remember: you can write your work in Polish or in English.
Any questions? Get in touch at email@example.com or via the school’s website kursyjezykapolskiego.pl
Entries should be sent in by 31st May 2016 and the written piece must not exceed 9000 characters (including spaces).
Please pass this information to anybody who might be interested.
In Poland we don’t give each other Christmas cards. Instead we send them to those who we won’t see over the Christmas season. It’s an old Polish tradition and it’s high time for you to get writing so everybody receives their card before Christmas time.
You can start your wishes with Życzę Ci (I wish you) or Życzymy Wam (we wish you (you is plural)). All of the wishes need to be written in the genitive case as the verb ‘życzyć’ takes the genitive case. They can also be finished with the verb życzy, followed by your name or życzą, if there is more than one person signed.
Wesołych Świąt Bożego Narodzenia – Merry Christmas
(Boże Narodzenie – literally Birth of God)
Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku – Happy New Year
You can add few other phrases that will make your card more special:
Białych Świąt – (have a) white Christmas
Magicznej atmosfery przy świątecznym stole – (have a) magical atmosphere at the Christmas table
Miłych spotkań z rodziną i przyjaciółmi – nice get-togethers with family and friends
Dużo radości i miłości – lots of joy and love
Żeby Gwiazdka* przyniosła wymarzone prezenty – so the Little Star* brings you the presents you dreamt about
In various places of Poland they are different ‘people’ who bring presents:
Gwiazdka – Little Star (Kujawy),
Gwiazdor –Starman (North East of Poland),
Dziadek Mróz – Frostman (East of Poland),
Aniołek – Little Angel (Małopolska district),
Święty Mikołaj – Santa Clause (Warsaw),
Dzieciątko – Baby Jesus (Silesia district).
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas
If you haven’t used Polish for a while and want to get back to it, here is what you can do.
- Make a plan and… stick to it. Set yourself a realistic study time. Even if it’s just going to be 10 minutes of working on your Polish every day, that’s fine. It’s better to study for shorter periods of time, but regularly. Think about vocabulary – you can set yourself a goal of learning 5 words a day. That doesn’t sound too bad, does it? It’s important not to overload yourself, so you can stay positive about learning Polish. It’s important it doesn’t become a chore.
Be honest with yourself, nobody is going to do it for you.
- Remember why you’re doing it. Do you want to communicate with relatives or your partner’s family? Is it for work? Are you thinking of travelling to Poland and want to understand the language? Or have you got a particular interest, like Polish literature or cuisine? Keep the reasons in mind all the time.
- Have respect for yourself. Anybody can learn a language. It’s just a question of time and effort. The time will pass anyway. Don’t waste it! The satisfaction at the end is going to be immense.
- Get organised! Have everything you need in one place. Prepare flashcards and lists to take with you wherever you go. How about making a little Power Point to help you to remember the words? Then, anytime you have a spare moment, you can open it and go through the vocabulary again. The more effort you put in it, the easier your learning is going to be.
- Surround yourself with Polish words. There are plenty of apps that you can get for free to help you to learn vocabulary. Make a list of bookmarks with useful websites that you can use when studying Polish. Put stickers around the house with words. Make sure you always have something with you that will help to revise. Access Polish differently – watch films or youtube videos, listen to Polish music, read stories and books, visit Polish websites etc. etc.
- Identify your weaknesses and concentrate on them. Is particular conjugation difficult for you to remember? Or maybe you struggle with remembering the spelling of one long word or a phrase (przepraszam – Level 1, przesyłam pozdrowienia – Level 2, przestrzegać zasad – level 3)? Re-write it, take a picture of it, or even make a poster about this word and… study when you have a spare few minutes. It works! I promise.
- Make friends with Poles. Reconnect with families. Keep in touch with people you might only have met once or twice. Take part in online discussions. Engage with real life activities. It will keep you motivated.
- Read. You will be amazed how much you understand. It will bring you a lot of satisfaction. Social media is a great source of stories and phrases that will both entertain you and make you learn new vocab. Repeat them, write them down, take a picture, and come back to them as much as you can.
- Make mistakes and… learn from them. You are getting out of your comfort zone and risking making a mistake every time you open your mouth to say something in Polish. So what? Accept the fact that it will take you quite some time before you speak without mistakes. It’s fine to make mistakes. Learn from them and try to eliminate as many of them as possible.
- Reward yourself for your hard work. It’s not about being fluent in Polish, it’s about the progress you’re making. Nobody says that learning Polish is going to be easy. You need to acknowledge that you are working hard to get to the next stage of learning. Think about all of the people around who said that they are going to start Polish one day and never did… You are better than them.