Write a Christmas card in Polish

12 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

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

www.tlcnewcastle.co.uk

 

Super useful Polish expressions

16 Oct

You won’t find them in books, but they are very important if you want to speak Polish the way Poles do.
Olga Mecking published a selection of very useful Polish expressions that will put a smile on your face. And this is just because Poles really use them, no matter how funny they sound!

1. Masakra, tragedia
2. Bo tak
3. No ba
4. No
5. No co ty!
6. Jak nie jak tak!
7. Spoko, wporzo
8. No nie!
9. Won! Precz! Spadaj!
10. Ojej/Ojejku

Do you understand them? Would you know how to use them?

If not, check out this website: http://matadornetwork.com/abroad/10-ultra-meaningful-polish-expressions/

Your Chance to Learn Polish

8 Sep

Probably the best Polish language course in Newcastle!

fot. Mark Savage

Kraków’s Main Square, fot. Mark Savage

If you are interested in learning to speak Polish, why not enroll on a Polish language course at The Language Centre where you will be taught by a qualified Polish language teacher. Me! The Centre is based at 6 Old Eldon Square and the refresher courses are about to start (Monday 12th September – Post Beginners, Thursday 15th September – Polish Intermediate).

Polish Beginners – Level 1

This course is designed for beginners with no previous knowledge of the language. It will cover the basics of speaking, listening, reading and writing as well as some cultural aspects. You will gain confidence in the language and be able to have a simple conversation in Polish. You will learn to understand and use familiar expressions, as well as useful phrases.

Dates: From 17th October 2016, Mondays, 5.45pm

Place: 6 Old Eldon Square, Newcastle upon Tyne

Polish Elementary – Level 2

This course is for anybody who is familiar with basic vocabulary and grammar (ie. knows about verb conjugation and noun endings). You will build on familiar phrases and conversation.

Dates: From 19th October 2016, Wednesdays, 5.45pm

Place: 6 Old Eldon Square, Newcastle upon Tyne

Polish Intermediate – Level 3+

This course is for anybody who has been learning Polish for at least 3 years and can understand written and spoken Polish at a satisfying level. During the course you will be engaged in debates, discussions, asked to do presentations and be able to express an opinion about current issues.

Dates: From 20th October 2016, Thursdays, 6.15pm

Place: 6 Old Eldon Square, Newcastle upon Tyne

 

Enrolments: http://www.tlcnewcastle.co.uk

Everybody welcome!

 

Polish artists present Transparent in Newcastle

1 Jul

Polish artists Konrad Smoleński and Honza Zamojski present ‘Transparent’, a collaborative exhibition shown through a multimedia installation and performance.TRANSPARENT__KNS1616_1__small-1100x540

WHEN: Saturday 28 May – Saturday 9 July (performance: 4pm daily)
WHERE: NewBridge Project Space, 12 New Bridge St W, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1 8AW

Sabina Sallis, the curator says: Transparent features configurations of objects and humans, humans and architecture and exhibits, institutions and individuals. Within a carefully structured environment and a precisely scripted scenario of live action, humans animate the system regardless of bounds to establishment and restrictions. Humans excite the inanimate world to vibrate, bringing a dynamic that makes the system flexible. By employing simple elements like movement, water, rhythm of actions, order and vibrations – the image of potentiality is created, a potentiality that ultimately remains humane. This event is a snapshot – this abstract form of dissected actions and system becomes an anthropological artefact.

 

You can find out more about this project here:

http://thenewbridgeproject.com/transparent-konrad-smolenski-honza-zamojski/

Another storytelling event in Newcastle

1 Jul

13528137_10208523965750878_1935187967014781507_oListening to children’s stories is a great way to learn Polish! Don’t miss out on a  this opportunity to improve your language skills.

9th July at 3pm

at Kittiwake Multilingual Library,

Upper Level,

Eldon Garden,

Percy Street,

Newcastle upon Tyne,

NE1 7RA.

 

 

Polish storytelling in Newcastle

28 May

Come along to the first storytelling session in Polish in Newcastle. Save the date in two weeks time and enjoy these Polish tales.

When: 11th June 2016 at 3pm

Where: The Kittiwake Trust Multilingual Library, Upper Level, Eldon Garden, Percy Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, Ne1 7RA.

 

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