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Party time!

24 Aug

The Language Centre is celebrating its 5th birthday!

For the last 5 years Polish language courses in Newcastle have been running as part of The Language Centre. To celebrate the success of this independent language school, we are throwing a party! We will have free language taster sessions, including a Polish language session at 1pm, free international buffet, dance workshops, music and much more. We’ll have a charity raffle too!

Saturday 8th September at Commercial Union House, 39 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6QE.

Don’t miss out!

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Get better at understanding Polish!

17 Oct

If you haven’t got an opportunity to listen to native Polish speakers, it’s a great idea to go to the cinema and watch a Polish film! Luckily for us in the North East, Odeon regularly provides us with a chance to improve our listening and comprehension skills.

You can sometimes watch films set in Poland (like the recent film ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’ by Niki Caro or ‘Walesa: Man of Hope’ by Andrzej Wajda) that will give you an understanding of certain aspects of life in Poland. Even better than this is when you can see a Polish film that has been filmed with Polish actors… in Poland.

This time, Odeon cinemas are screening ‘Botox’ (in Polish ‘Botoks’) by Patryk Vega. Inspired by real events, it tells the story of four women who are going through a crisis. All of them are medical professionals (a surgeon, a gynaecologist, an emergency doctor and a pharmaceutical rep) and face stress and pressure related to their careers and personal lives. The film is quite gory and full of moments that make you turn away from the screen, but it shows the problems facing the Polish NHS and addresses important issues everywhere else too.

For more details, check the Odeon website for their Metrocentre and Silverlink cinemas.

"Botoks"

“The biggest waste of my time was waiting around for someone to fulfil me. I won’t look for validation from men any more. Only I can make my life meaningful. No one else can do it.”

 

 

POLISH LANGUAGE COURSE

15 Oct

Get ready for your holidays in Poland!

Polish language courses

Learn Polish with me!

In only 10 lessons you’ll get to know a bit of the language . You won’t be fluent, but it will make your holidays more enjoyable  and the locals will certainly appreciate your efforts! If you want to become fluent one day, you can join us for an entire year of Polish language learning.

Lessons will take place on Wednesdays at 5.45pm and last for one and a half hours. We are starting on 18th October.

What are we going to learn on the Polish Beginners course?

  • Food, drinks, culture
  • Meeting people, local customs
  • Finding your way around town
  • Money matters and shopping
  • When things go wrong (doctor, police…)

We also offer courses for those of you who have already started their adventure with Polish language:

Elementary Polish – if you already had few lesson and can get by in Polish

Advanced Polish – if you understand lots of spoken and written Polish and you’d like to deepen your knowledge

How to enroll? Go to The Language Centre (www.tlcnewcastle.co.uk) for more details. You can get in touch by email or just pop in and ask for more details:

General Office is located at 6 Old Eldon Square (3rd floor), Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 7JG Tel: 0191 447 4770, Email: info@tlcnewcastle.co.uk, Office Hours: Monday – Friday: 10:00-16:00.

If you’re not sure what your level is and you don’t know which class should you join, get in touch We’ll be able to help!

Hope to see you there!

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 films in British cinemas

21 May

Our local news website Polnews informed us that we have another chance to watch a Polish film in British cinemas. This time it’s a romantic comedy with Maciej Stuhr called “Planeta singli” (“The planet of singles”).planet singli

What is it about?

He is one of the top celebrities in the country: a fast-talking TV host, who can joke his way out of any situation. Women want to be with him, men want to be like him. He is looking for a new topic to discuss in his popular talk-show. She is a teacher at a musical school – a timid girl looking for Mr. Perfect on an internet dating site. He will help her realise her potential and teach her how to recognise various types of men for what they are, she will teach him what real life is about. The show will become a huge hit. It seems they are destined to fall in love and be together, but one day she actually does meet Mr. Perfect on the net. (source: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5127398/)

Watching movies helps you learn Polish. It’s useful because you get to hear lots of slang and cool expressions – it’s how people really talk. Also, you should be able to enjoy it, having visual clues to aid your understanding, even if you don’t understand every last thing the characters are saying.

Enjoy!

Watch Polish films to improve your Polish!

22 Mar

I prepared a very short list of few titles of recent Polish films that are worth watching. Remember that listening to Polish language outside our classes WILL improve your comprehension.polvod

“Bogowie” – Gods http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3745620/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2
“Róża” – Rose http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2043979/
“Dom zły” – The dark house http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1485698/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
“Chemia” – Chemo http://variety.com/2015/film/global/watch-trailer-for-chemo-world-premiering-at-karlovy-vary-film-festival-exclusive-1201532185/
“Moje córki krowy” – My daughters-cows http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4834762/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
“Listy do M.” – Letters to M. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1927077/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
“Pod mocnym aniołem” – The mighty angel http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2521188/?ref_=nm_knf_i4
“Ida” http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2718492/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
“Matka Teresa od kotów” – Mother Teresa of Cats http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1683046/plotsummary?ref_=tt_ov_pl

Polish directors that are recognized for making great films:
Agnieszka Holland http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0002140/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Krzysztof Krauze http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0470377/?ref_=fn_al_nm_5
Wojciech Smarzowski http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1500530/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Krzysztof Zanussi http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0953130/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Juliusz Machulski http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0532702/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Jerzy Stuhr http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0836136/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
and many, many more…

Good websites to look for recommendations of Polish films are
http://www.filmpolski.pl/fp/index.php
and
http://www.filmweb.pl/rankings/film/poland
Here you can see the list of the best films of 2015
http://naekranie.pl/artykuly/najlepsze-polskie-filmy-2015-roku
and 2014
http://naekranie.pl/artykuly/top-10-najlepsze-polskie-filmy-2014-roku/2
To my amazement, there is few films that you can see online here:
http://www.filmpolski.pl/fp/index.php?kino=1
There are lots of short films and documents on Ninateka website:
http://ninateka.pl/filmy/film

Enjoy watching and remember that trailers (zwiastuny) help to better your Polish as well!