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

 

 

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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.

 

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:  http://www.bajkidladzieci.13tka.com bajki-dla-dzieci

A story about a stubborn kitten – Bajka o upartym kotku

http://www.bajkidladzieci.13tka.com/bajki-z-rzutnika.php?page=bajka-o-upartym-kotku

Red Riding Hood – Czerwony Kapturek

http://www.bajkidladzieci.13tka.com/bajki-z-rzutnika.php?page=czerwony-kapturek

A star from a Christmas tree – Gwiazdka z choinki

www.bajkidladzieci.13tka.com/bajki-z-rzutnika.php?page=index3

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

 

 

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!