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Polish language courses in Newcastle

2 Sep

Here we go again! We are starting a brand new academic year when you will have a chance to begin your journey with the Polish language. Whether you are a complete beginner or can already speak some Polish, we have a course for you. The Language Centre in Newcastle is offering  Polish courses on three levels this year:

Polish beginners – level 1 POL11801 DK Thursday 4th October 17:45-19:15 enrol here
Polish elementary – level 2 POL11802 DK Wednesday

3rd October

17:45-19:25 enrol here
Polish lower intermediate – level 3 POL11803 DK Monday 1st October 17:45-19:25 enrol here

If you are not sure which level you should enrol on, have a look at the level descriptors:

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

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Let’s watch a Polish film

9 Sep
I put together the list of Polish films that are, in my opinion, worth watching. The first list consists of titles that I know. They shouldn’t disappoint. The second list has been recommended to me. I’m attaching the IMDB ranking with the summary of the plot, so you can make your own decision.

Plakat z filmu ’33 sceny z życia’ Małgorzaty Szumowskiej

There is definitely more…
Enjoy!
PS: The ones with * I have shown at the Made in Poland festival.
33 sceny z życia – 33 scenes from life
*Boisko bezdomnych – The offsiders
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1283473/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
Wszystko będzie dobrze – All will be well
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1118084/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Chrzest
Essential Killing
Generał Nil
Handlarz cudów
Hania
Ile waży koń trojański
Jasne, błekitne okna
Jestem
Joanna
komornik
Korowód
Lejdis
Mała Moskwa
Matka Teresa od kotów
Mniejsze zło
Mój Nikifor
Nie kłam kochanie
Parę osób, mały czas
Persona non grata
Popiełuszko
Pora umierać
Pręgi
Rewers
Rezerwat
Różyczka
Skazany na blusa
Świadek koronny
Tatarak
Testosteron
Ubu król
Wenecja
Wesele
Wszystko będzie dobrze
Wszystko co kocham

Great success of our Polish language student from Newcastle

7 Jul

glossa-logoIMG_0240Congratulations to our student from The Language Centre in Newcastle, Francis O’Doherty, for winning one of the prizes in the competition of ‘Glossa’ Polish Language School in Krakow.

Francis wrote about his experiences with Poland, Polish people and Polish language. It’s very funny to read and I recommend it to everyone who wants to know why people might be interested in learning meanders of Polish grammar and words that are sometimes impossible to pronounce. It might motivate you to try to stick to it once you know few words.

http://kursyjezykapolskiego.pl/laureaci-konkursu-jezyka-polskiego-ja-a-polska

Gratulacje, Francis!

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!

Win a Polish language course in Krakow, textbooks, private lessons, films, access to online resources or textbooks to learn Polish

29 Mar
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Krakow fot. Mark Savage

 

The Language School Glossa in Krakow is organising a competition in which you can win a Polish language course in Krakow, textbooks, private lessons, films, access to great online resources or textbooks to learn Polish. Every year someone form our Language Centre in Newcastle wins something. Once we even had a first prize winner!

What do you have to do? It’s easy. You have to write about your experiences, impressions, memories, relationships or just what Poland means to you. It can be done either in Polish or in English. The work must not exceed 9000 characters (including spaces) and the entries should be sent in by 31.03.2017.
I hope I find your name amongst the winners!

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

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!