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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.

 

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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!

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.

 

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

Listen to Polish

13 Feb

Some of you struggle with speaking in Polish. I had a little look through internet resources and websites that you can access Polish and repeat after the speaker.

I have a few places that are not bad to try:

1. Listen to Polish stories: Winnie-the-Pooh (in Polish ‘Kubus Puchatek’) http://www.let.rug.nl/~houtzage/poohpolengpart1.html or Alice in Wonderland (Alicja w Krainie Czarów) http://www.let.rug.nl/~houtzage/alicepolengpart1.html . This website is great. It shows the Polish text and the English equivalent next to it. The recording is clear as well.

2. The podcast of Piotr who teaches Polish:
http://realpolish.pl/podcast/ – few podcasts are for free on-line. I wish he was a little bit more enthusastic though…

3. Listen to the radio, e.g http://www.rmfon.pl/play,5 or http://www.radiozet.pl/sluchaj/online/Radio-ZET-online.html

Hope this helps. Remember that practice makes masters!