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Get better at understanding Polish!

17 Oct

If you haven’t got an opportunity to listen to native Polish speakers, it’s a great idea to go to the cinema and watch a Polish film! Luckily for us in the North East, Odeon regularly provides us with a chance to improve our listening and comprehension skills.

You can sometimes watch films set in Poland (like the recent film ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’ by Niki Caro or ‘Walesa: Man of Hope’ by Andrzej Wajda) that will give you an understanding of certain aspects of life in Poland. Even better than this is when you can see a Polish film that has been filmed with Polish actors… in Poland.

This time, Odeon cinemas are screening ‘Botox’ (in Polish ‘Botoks’) by Patryk Vega. Inspired by real events, it tells the story of four women who are going through a crisis. All of them are medical professionals (a surgeon, a gynaecologist, an emergency doctor and a pharmaceutical rep) and face stress and pressure related to their careers and personal lives. The film is quite gory and full of moments that make you turn away from the screen, but it shows the problems facing the Polish NHS and addresses important issues everywhere else too.

For more details, check the Odeon website for their Metrocentre and Silverlink cinemas.

"Botoks"

“The biggest waste of my time was waiting around for someone to fulfil me. I won’t look for validation from men any more. Only I can make my life meaningful. No one else can do it.”

 

 

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POLISH LANGUAGE COURSE

15 Oct

Get ready for your holidays in Poland!

Polish language courses

Learn Polish with me!

In only 10 lessons you’ll get to know a bit of the language . You won’t be fluent, but it will make your holidays more enjoyable  and the locals will certainly appreciate your efforts! If you want to become fluent one day, you can join us for an entire year of Polish language learning.

Lessons will take place on Wednesdays at 5.45pm and last for one and a half hours. We are starting on 18th October.

What are we going to learn on the Polish Beginners course?

  • Food, drinks, culture
  • Meeting people, local customs
  • Finding your way around town
  • Money matters and shopping
  • When things go wrong (doctor, police…)

We also offer courses for those of you who have already started their adventure with Polish language:

Elementary Polish – if you already had few lesson and can get by in Polish

Advanced Polish – if you understand lots of spoken and written Polish and you’d like to deepen your knowledge

How to enroll? Go to The Language Centre (www.tlcnewcastle.co.uk) for more details. You can get in touch by email or just pop in and ask for more details:

General Office is located at 6 Old Eldon Square (3rd floor), Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 7JG Tel: 0191 447 4770, Email: info@tlcnewcastle.co.uk, Office Hours: Monday – Friday: 10:00-16:00.

If you’re not sure what your level is and you don’t know which class should you join, get in touch We’ll be able to help!

Hope to see you there!

Let’s watch a Polish film

9 Sep
I put together the list of Polish films that are, in my opinion, worth watching. The first list consists of titles that I know. They shouldn’t disappoint. The second list has been recommended to me. I’m attaching the IMDB ranking with the summary of the plot, so you can make your own decision.

Plakat z filmu ’33 sceny z życia’ Małgorzaty Szumowskiej

There is definitely more…
Enjoy!
PS: The ones with * I have shown at the Made in Poland festival.
33 sceny z życia – 33 scenes from life
*Boisko bezdomnych – The offsiders
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1283473/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
Wszystko będzie dobrze – All will be well
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1118084/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Chrzest
Essential Killing
Generał Nil
Handlarz cudów
Hania
Ile waży koń trojański
Jasne, błekitne okna
Jestem
Joanna
komornik
Korowód
Lejdis
Mała Moskwa
Matka Teresa od kotów
Mniejsze zło
Mój Nikifor
Nie kłam kochanie
Parę osób, mały czas
Persona non grata
Popiełuszko
Pora umierać
Pręgi
Rewers
Rezerwat
Różyczka
Skazany na blusa
Świadek koronny
Tatarak
Testosteron
Ubu król
Wenecja
Wesele
Wszystko będzie dobrze
Wszystko co kocham

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!

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.

 

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: 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.

Enjoy!