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Pawlikowski’s ‘Cold War’ in Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle

26 Aug

Anybody who is free on Monday 3rd September at 12 o’clock will have a chance to see the latest film by reknowned Polish director Paweł Pawlikowski who won an Oscar for his film ‘Ida’.

His newest film ‘Cold War’ (‘Zimna wojna’) tells the story of two Polish artists who fall in love with each other. The background to their struggle are the events in 50s in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris.

Tyneside Cinema review of  ‘Cold War’:

Update: additional screenings of “Zimna wojna”





Polish courses at The Language Centre

18 Apr

Another set of Polish language courses is available at The Language Centre in Newcastle upon Tyne.woman-hand-desk-office.jpg

This time we offer:

Polish Beginners which starts on Wednesday 25th April at 5.45pm

Polish Elementary (equivalent of Level 2) on Monday 23rd April at 5.45pm

However, if you are an advanced student of Polish and you are interested in learning Polish, please get in touch with the school and they will put you on the list without any further commitments. Just ring 0191 447 4770 or send an email to

Similarly, if you would like to start learning, contact the school to secure your place on the course starting in few months time. Don’t put it off anymore! You know you want it!

More information:

The Language Centre Newcaste

Another romantic comedy in Metrocentre

17 Apr

Odeon Cinemas are showing another Polish romantic comedy at the beginning of May (last month we could see ‘Kobieta sukcesu’ (‘The woman of success’)). This time the director Bartosz Prokopowicz shows us how complicated relationships can be in his newest film ‘Narzeczony na niby’ (‘Faked Fiancé’).

Especially if you are trying to hide something.

Metrocentre in Gateshead: 4-6 May 2018 at 8.30pm

Who is coming for a lesson of Polish in the cinema?

Try poetry!

28 Jun

Recently Polish poem by Adam Zagajewski was featured in BBC’s An Anthology of Summer Poems. The poem is ‘Try to Praise the Mutilated World’ and it’s been published for the first time after the 9/11 attacks in United States. I think it has new meanings nowadays…

It is the second poem on this compilation

and here is the Polish version of it:


Zagajewski Adam

*** (Spróbuj opiewać okaleczony świat)

Spróbuj opiewać okaleczony świat.
Pamiętaj o długich dniach czerwca
i o poziomkach, kroplach wina rosé.
O pokrzywach, które metodycznie zarastały
opuszczone domostwa wygnanych.
Musisz opiewać okaleczony świat.
Patrzyłeś na eleganckie jachty i okręty;
jeden z nich miał przed sobą długą podróż,
na inny czekała tylko słona nicość.
Widziałeś uchodźców, którzy szli donikąd ,
słyszałeś oprawców, którzy radośnie śpiewali.
Powinieneś opiewać okaleczony świat.
Pamiętaj o chwilach, kiedy byliście razem
w białym pokoju i firanka poruszyła się.
Wróć myślą do koncertu, kiedy wybuchła muzyka.
Jesienią zbierałeś żołędzie w parku
a liście wirowały nad bliznami ziemi.
Opiewaj okaleczony świat
i szare piórko, zgubione przez drozda,
i delikatne światło, które błądzi i znika
i powraca.


Easy Polish! Great short videos with subtitles

29 Mar

One of my lovely students Judy found a really good source of videos about Polish ispoland-1034803-msues. I like the fact that they all have translations on the screen both in English and in Polish, so you can follow every single word.

Judy wrote:

Nie wiem, czy już znasz tę stronę:

Ma ciekawe nagrania (videos) 5- albo 6-minutowe po polsku z napisami po polsku i po angielsku.


Free children’s stories in Polish

2 Jan

Reading children’s stories is fun, especially if they are in Polish and challenge your understanding of everyday phrases. I found a great website that has links to a lot great stories: bajki-dla-dzieci

A story about a stubborn kitten – Bajka o upartym kotku

Red Riding Hood – Czerwony Kapturek

A star from a Christmas tree – Gwiazdka z choinki

Some of the links on the website are quite old, so apologies if don’t work.



Join us! Learn Polish and have fun!

14 Nov

All of my students have a reason to learn. Maybe they want to communicate with relatives or their partner’s family, or perhaps it’s for work. They might be thinking of travelling to Poland and want to understand the language, or they have got a particular interest, like Polish literature or cuisine. Once they enroll on the course, they need to keep the reasons in mind all the time.

The first step is the most difficult. It’s to do with making a commitment. And there is the fear that you might not succeed. I can tell you now: if you try and put enough effort into learning, you are going to succeed. Throughout all the years I have been teaching Polish in Newcastle, I have come across all kinds of students, and the ones that are almost fluent in Polish now are the ones that stuck with it. Nobody did it for them. They studied, practised, revised and they got there at the end. During lessons, they engaged in discussions, conversed…and realised that everybody struggles with something in Polish.

It’s a great satisfaction to speak a language that sounds so alien when you hear it for the first time. But language is just a combination of grammar rules and vocabulary. If you spend time getting familiar with them, you’ll see that it’s like any other skill that you already have. If you take the time to practice, you’ll reap the benefits.

Good luck!

Enroll to Polish courses at any level at