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How to write a Christmas card in Polish?

19 Dec

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.christmas-star-1420864

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 – white Christmas

Magicznej atmosfery przy świątecznym stole – 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

Danka Kudlacik

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More Polish films at Odeon Cinemas

24 Oct
There are more chances to see Polish films at Odeon Cinemas in the next few weeks. Aren’t we spoilt?
This Saturday 27/10 at the Silverlink they’ll show a light Polish comedy (it is! promise!) called “Serce nie sługa” – “The Heart Wants What It Wants”
serce nie sluga

Next Saturday 3/11 at the Metrocentre – “7 uczuć” – “7 emotions” – another feel-good Polish production, sequel to a cult comedy “Dzień świra” (“The Day of a Freak”) https://www.odeon.co.uk/films/7_uczuc/18225/

7 uczuc
Sunday 11/11 at the Metrocentre “Squadron 303” – “Dywizjon 303” – a story of Polish pilots during the WW2  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HEpih9nf-k
dywizjon
Friday 23/11 at the Metrocentre – a Polish comedy “A Planet of Singles 2” – “Planeta singli 2” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFOJIvJQU8A
planeta singli 2
Friday 30/11 at the Metrocentre – another film by Patryk Vega (you might know him from films such as “Pitbull”, “Kobiety Mafii”, “Botoks”) titled “Plagi Breslau” (plot: Every day at 6pm a serial killer kills another person)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZGM8C3Zx9w
plagi breslau

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’:

https://www.tynesidecinema.co.uk/film-and-events/view/cold-war

Update: additional screenings of “Zimna wojna”

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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 info@tlcnewcastle.co.uk

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 http://tlcnewcastle.co.uk/courses/foreign/

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 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08vxkm7

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:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLA5UIoabheFN7GIhcfUGQT2S5_U5sWnhK

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

Enjoy!