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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.

Gratulacje, Francis!

Polish films in British cinemas

21 May

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”).planet singli

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:

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.


4th International Test of Polish starts tomorrow!

28 Apr

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.

Prolog competition

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 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!

Win a language course in Krakow

27 Apr

glossa-logoEnter 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

fot. Mark Savage

1st prize:

  1. two-week intensive Polish language course in Krakow
  2. accommodation with a host family or in a shared apartment
  3. extra-curricular program

2nd prize:

  1. two-week intensive Polish language course in Cracow
  2. extra-curricular program

3rd prize

10 private lessons online

Other prizes:

  1. 10 x online courses
  2. 5 x selected textbooks from the series “POLSKI Krok Po Kroku”
  3. 5 x selected items from Polish cinema

Remember: you can write your work in Polish or in English.

Any questions? Get in touch at or via the school’s website

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.


Spokojnych i radosnych Świąt Wielkanocnych!

26 Mar


Is your Polish getting a little bit rusty?

13 Oct

If you haven’t used Polish for a while and want to get back to it, here is what you can do.kloce sie z polakiem

  • 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.


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!