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Author: Dorota Maszkiewicz

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Saying goodbye to summer is never easy, and summer 2021 is already behind us.  Luckily, after a one-year break, we managed to organise a summer calendar full of KLUB DIALOGU events.  Despite the worldwide pandemic, many difficulties and limitations, we spent this time very intensively and effectively, and the return of our side events sweetened us even more than usual!  So what’s so special about this summer?

At the end of June, our intensive Polish language courses began, which are liked and sought after by students who need a faster pace of learning.  These courses are very demanding and oblige you to work independently from home, but they give you really great results!  However, learning Polish every day does not have to be difficult, boring or tiring!  The pleasant summer weather allowed us to go outside the classroom as part of the lesson.  We were at the park, at the market, at the cafe, and at Hala Mirowska to buy ingredients for the rest of the lesson where we cooked in Polish!  After all, the goal of learning Polish is to use it every day, in various situations, not only with a course book in hand!

During the summer holidays, there were also regular group Polish language courses, as well as individual lessons, the nature and frequency of which depend entirely on the student’s needs.

We love to see our school full of students with happy faces, filled with the desire to learn Polish!  We have also become experts in conducting online classes, offering online group Polish language courses and individual online lessons to meet the needs of all our students.  We have introduced hybrid courses that allow lessons to continue even when a student was absent due to going on vacation. The beauty of online and hybrid classes is that they can be joined from anywhere! 

Traditionally, the Polish Language School for Foreigners KLUB DIALOGU invited its students with their family and friends to additional summer events aimed at integrating and sharing everyday life in Poland.  The interest in the events exceeded our wildest expectations!  As every year, together with students and friends, we celebrated another birthday of KLUB DIALOGU.  More than 40 people came to share this special date with us!  Thank you very much!  The following Saturday, there was a canoeing trip on the Pilica River near Warsaw.  Beautiful, sunny weather, playing volleyball on the beach and a barbecue gave everyone a lot of needed energy for the next week.  In addition, we visited the Night Market to enjoy street food and card games, had a lovely evening at a Silent Disco, had a great time in an intense phonetics workshop and exercised our bodies in a cheerful atmosphere while playing bowling.  What’s more, we hosted our regular meetings: ‘Film Piąteczek’, during which we watch Polish films with English subtitles and discuss Polish culture, tradition and mentality of Poles.  We love these events because they give the opportunity not only to show our life, but also learn a lot of interesting things about other cultures, and our students come here from all over the world!

This summer we welcomed many new students who came to us from the USA, Argentina, Israel, Iran, India, Indonesia, Mongolia, Ukraine, Belarus, Uruguay, Brazil, Spain, Italy, Germany and Great Britain!  Moreover, we also enjoyed the time we spent on our own vacations.  This summer, our employees visited, among others, Italy and Sicily, Ukraine, the Netherlands and Slovenia, and of course they had a great time in Poland and in Warsaw itself.

Summer will be over soon.  But life at KLUB DIALOGU school goes on!  🙂 We are fully ready, full of energy and new passion to teach our Polish language!

The arrival of the 2020 pandemic was a shock for many of us. In March 2020, our school closed for what we all thought would be only a little while. However, the following days showed that the situation was not improving, and it was in fact getting worse. And although we were very worried, we managed to switch to online lessons within a week. It was not an easy task for us at all. The lack of more appropriate equipment and materials turned out to be a big challenge, and we soon found out that this was just the beginning of our complicated adventure with remote learning…

The new teaching conditions required new investments. Purchasing computers, video cameras and microphones, adjusting our program and new internet applications required time, special commitment and intensive work of the entire KLUB DIALOGU team. We asked our students questions about the quality of online learning and, thanks to their creative and constructive responses, we decided to make further investments.

Currently, Polish language courses at KLUB DIALOGU school, as well as group and individual online lessons are conducted at the highest level, which is greatly appreciated by our students. The purchase of interactive boards for each classroom and the acoustic soundproofing of the rooms has adjusted our school to allow for hybrid classes. It is convenient for those students who, due to business trips or illness, cannot attend their course in person and do not want to miss their lessons.

Additionally, modern interactive boards make learning Polish at school and online faster and more attractive. On these boards you can not only write, but also use it to display multimedia presentations, movies, websites, or exercises and interactive applications. After the lesson is over, the teacher can send the lesson notes online to all students. Interactive boards are an excellent teaching aid, thanks to which students are more interested in the lesson and can focus on a specific topic.

Come and see for yourself how the Polish Language School for Foreigners KLUB DIALOGU has changed for the better, for you!

On 1st August every year there is a special event. This time is called Godzina ,,W”. What is this exactly? Godzina ,,W” was the codename for the date and time that began Operation Tempest in German-occupied Warsaw, and so the Warsaw Uprising. The time exactly was 5pm, 1st August 1944. This is why, on 1st August at 5pm one can expect to hear sirens, with many people gathered on the streets and even people and cars coming to a complete standstill. 

Of course, the history of World War II in Poland is rich, it’s deep and it’s very sad. It’s impossible to explain anything in detail in a short article, but we’ll begin with a short explanation about what happened before the Warsaw Uprising. 

On 31st July in 1944, during a briefing of Home Army’s general staff at 67 Pańska Street, General Tadeusz Bór-Komorowski, commander of the Home Army, received a report from General Antoni Chruściel, commander of the Warsaw district, regarding a supposed successful Soviet breach of German defenses just outside of the Praga suburb in Warsaw. The information was actually false, but on its basis,at 5:45 PM, Bór-Komorowski gave Chruściel an oral order to begin Operation Tempest on 1 August 1944 at 5:00 PM.

Why was 1st August at 5pm the chosen date and time? Well, it was initially decided that the Uprising would take place in the early morning, but in July 1944, Chruściel decided that it would infact take place at 5pm. This is due to the fact that at that time, there was a lot of street traffic, meaning that the soldiers could could much more easily blend into the crowd and get to the meeting points safely, whilst in the meantime also transporting guns and ammunition. At 5pm there was also enough sunlight left for the operation to go as smoothly and accurately as possible. The exact day, however, was to be decided the day before the fighting were to begin. 

The order was issued by Chruściel at around 7:00 PM – just an hour before military curfew. As a result, it was delivered between 7:00 and 9:00 AM the next morning to district commanders. Group commanders received it between 9:00 and 13:30 PM. In the afternoon the total number of messengers delivering the order reached 6000. There were posters on the streets with the simple title ‘Polacy!’, as an appeal to the Polish people, to tell them that the long-awaited fight-back was to shortly commence. 

Not all units managed to keep the mobilisation a secret until 5:00 PM… First shots were fired at a German patrol at 13:35 PM on Krasiński Street in Żoliborz. The Germans quickly brought a tank and a few armored vehicles with machine guns. While sweeping the area, at 5:30 PM on Suzina Street, the German patrol surprised a Polish unit who were taking weapons from a stash. Fights started before 5pm in reportedly at least 8 different instances across Warsaw. 

Ultimately, the Germans were not able to stop the Uprising from happening. This is the general history from this mind-blowing, brave fight and difficult time for not only Warsaw, but the whole of Poland. 

Now, there are many things to commemorate 1st August 1944. For example, a memory plaque was placed on the building at 68 Filtrowa Street, where Antoni Chruściel signed the original order that lead to this incredible event. There’s also a street in Warsaw called Al. Godziny ,,W”. 

One of the most noticable signs of honour and respect we have for this in Warsaw is that every year on 1st August at 5pm, almost everything comes to a standstill, and with sirens blazing, Polish flags flying in the breeze, we stop to think about and remember this miraculous event in history. 

As every year, during the summer, KLUB DIALOGU, in addition to learning Polish as a foreign language, offers a lot of attractions and unique events for its students.

– ‘It’s an intense time, also for us’ – comments Dorota Maszkiewicz, school director. ‘Beautiful weather, the start of summer, intensive Polish language courses, lazy evenings – are conducive to evening trips to the Wisła River, dancing in a club, or enjoying a Polish film outdoors (with English subtitles). One of our special events was the annual canoeing trip, which was attended by 35 students (some brought their families along too!)’

Thanks to the school events, students have the opportunity to learn about the life and lifestyle of Poles in Warsaw, make new acquaintances, and sometimes long-term friendships, or just generally time to enjoy yourself.

Although the summer holidays for the Polish Language School KLUB DIALOGU started at the end of June, we are planning some extraordinary events until the end of August, including: bowling, tango at SPATiF, volleyball on the beach by the Wisła River, and a Chopin concert in the Łazienki park.

We welcome you to come!

What is the best way to learn Polish? That’s a question without a definite answer, but of course there are many effective and fun ways to conduct language lessons that are a pleasure to take part in. At KLUB DIALOGU Polish Language School for Foreigners, we always strive for interactive and interesting lessons, making learning a difficult language like the Polish language easier. This is especially true during the summer time, when we have intensive Polish language lessons that include outdoor activities!  

We just finished the ‘Introduction to Polish’ group course, which was designed to open the students up to the basics of the Polish language, being a course at A0 level. Besides lessons at the school, the students actively learned also during practical classes, involving outdoor adventures. There was a lesson in Hala Mirowska where the students did shopping in Polish, after which there was a joint meal preparation with the ingredients bought! 
Why do we think this kind of lesson is useful? Of course, learning the details and getting to the nitty gritty of vocabulary and grammar is very important to be able to even do these lessons, and this kind of Polish lesson takes place in the classroom with textbooks, notepads and worksheets. However, the reason most people learn foreign languages is to actually use them in everyday situations! 
What’s more, as part of this intensive course as with others, we also went to a café and ordered coffee, to restaurants and learning by play – we made game boards in Polish and played them with the group.   

A ‘Beginners’ course like all other summer group courses, includes tons of attractions planned to make learning effective, interesting and unforgettable, but most of all, is the best way to learn Polish as a foreign language! 

‘Intermediate Conversations’ is an intensive group course, which is all about starting to really speak Polish and get a hold of the sometimes complicated grammar involved in learning Polish as a foreign language. Such a course is always very useful to the students who participate in it. This is due to the fact that at a fast pace it is possible to learn Polish grammar in structured yet super enjoyable environment with others who really want to learn Polish, devoting time and strength a few hours a day. The classes are full of interactive games both in and out of the school setting, such as: going to a museum, parks, doing ‘social research’, etc. These ‘lessons’ often don’t feel like lessons at all!  

Check all dates for our summer courses and see for yourself. Of course, all of our students are invited to the exceptional events that we hold all summer round!  

Our passion at KLUB DIALOGU Polish Language School for Foreigners is and always has been sharing the Polish language, as well as our special traditions and everyday life in Poland. That is why we have prepared an information-filled BLOG for you to enjoy – READ AND LEARN WHEN YOU WANT. 

On our blog you will find many articles, exercises, audio recordings and interesting links on various topics and suited to different levels of Polish advancement (from A1 to B2) for self-study. Some of our articles contain short questions to check correct understanding of the text. We encourage you to leave a comment or ‘like’ the article you enjoyed. It will give us inspiration and motivation to continue working for you! 

The internet is full of blogs – what makes ours different? What kind of articles do we write? We write about Warsaw, about our country in general and interesting facts that may not be so widely known! You can find anything that could interest you on the blog, and as a foreigner learning Polish, which is, as we know, not always the easiest task, having these articles, short and long, available to you for free 24 hours a day, it is one of the best ways to learn alone. As mentioned, there are some questions below articles to practise even more. The best part is that you can leave comments and ask your own questions, too! The questions can be about the topic of the article itself, or about the Polish language, like grammar questions, or a question about a specific structure or sentence. We will always be happy to respond and be in touch with you. 

So, what are you waiting for? Read and learn when you want!  

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Easter is a joyful time for many, definitely not including for Poles! In Poland, we have many special traditions associated with this time, and we are always happy to share these with others who are not from Poland, and don’t know everything in the Polish language to understand this busy yet beautiful time of new life and beginnings! 

The first sign of Easter approaching in Poland is many branches and dried flowers being brought to church. One week before Easter, Palm Sunday (‘Niedziela Palmowa’) takes places. This is why churchgoers being ‘palms’, willows, made of colourful dried branches to Church. Spring cleaning takes place and Poles paint hard-boiled eggs (‘pisanki’). This egg painting is said to come from a ritual that is over 5000 years old. Easter baskets are brought to the church to be blessed which contain the ‘pisanki’, meat, bread, spices, cake and an Easter Lamb (‘Baranek Wielkanocny’) made of plastic or sugar. 

On Easter Sunday, there is a mass at church at 6am – the Resurrection mass. Families gather together to eat breakfast and wish each other ‘Wesołego Alleluja’! More Polish delicacies emerge: yeast-cake (‘babka’), cake with icing and dried frits and nuts (‘mazurek’) and cheesecake (‘sernik’). Take note of all the new words in the Polish language during this time of year and learn basic Polish! 

Easter Monday is where a lot of fun can really be had. In Poland, we have the tradition of Wet Monday (“Śmigus-Dyngus”), where children throw water over each other in the street 🙂 (You also should be careful).

What else is there to know about Easter celebrations in Poland? Well, there are many new and different words associated with Easter and spring time in the Polish language that a foreigner may have never heard before this time of year comes around. 

As we know, unfortunately this year, Easter will not be the same as some of us remember it as. There may not be the big family get together for breakfast and not even Śmigus-Dyngus, but there are things we can do to compensate for that. It won’t be easy to share our traditions with foreigners during the pandemic, but, at KLUB DIALOGU Polish Language School for Foreigners, we believe in the new beginnings surrounding Easter celebrations and spring time. That’s why we love to share our culture with our students and other foreigners, as well as the Polish language in Polish courses. 

Instead of the big family get together, you can always learn Polish online or in person at school or study by yourself instead! You can pick up a text book, or write down notes during all Easter preparations and study them all on the day itself! It`s like a perfect Polish course for you. A lot of our language learning comes down to self-study and time spent reviewing new and interesting words.

In our Polish classes, we prioritise not only the Polish language but also immersing our students in our culture. There isn’t a better way to learn than to also have fun! 🙂 

‘If you can dream it, you can do it!’ – Walt Disney.

At KLUB DIALOGU, we believe that it is never too late to do something for yourself! It is especially never too late to learn Polish. It doesn’t matter how old you are, or how long you live in Poland, if you have already studied somewhere else or if you think that the Polish language is too difficult.

Start learning Polish with us today and you will see the results that will surprise you and others!

Stand out and shine with your knowledge of Polish! It doesn’t have to be perfect right away, but you will definitely get noticed!

It is well known that to learn a new language, especially from scratch, it is very helpful to be in the country where it is predominantly spoken. That doesn’t mean, though, that it is impossible any other way! An important point to make is that, although the Polish language is said to be ‘one of the most difficult languages in the world’, it has similarities to other languages, making it already a totally realistic goal to learn the Polish language, even to a completely fluent level. 

The Polish language borrows aspects from German, English, Yiddish and Russian. Of course, Polish words and phrases function differently than in those languages, but there are many similarities. In addition, the Polish language has a lot of internationalisms, so when it comes to vocabulary, learning Polish may facilitate learning other languages in the future! These similarities alone encourage Polish language learning from a beginner level without even being in Poland. 

You have to try to speak and use even basic Polish as often as you can. If there is no one to speak to – then speak to yourself. Force yourself to think in Polish. Even if it’s just a few words here and there in the car on the way to work, in the supermarket try to recall names of foods in Polish. Eventually it will become a habit. Listen to songs in Polish and sing along with the artist. Maybe this isn’t the way to reach fluency, but there are ways to combat that, too.

In KLUB DIALOGU Polish Language School for Foreigners, we hold a lot of online Polish courses, starting from A0 (complete beginner) to B2 level (upper intermediate). You can take part in these classes from anywhere in the world. We offer both group and individual lessons so you can definitely find what you’re looking for. Group Polish courses are perfect if you are wanting to interact with others on the same level as you are; you can easily learn from mistakes and the mistakes of others, as well as from achievements. Homework will help you keep in touch with your learning on a regular basis so you won’t lose any of the knowledge you have acquired. What’s more, individual Polish lessons allow you to focus on your specific needs and requirements with our highly qualified teachers of Polish as a foreign language, meaning you can go as quickly or as slowly as you want in your Polish language learning. The motivation of having these classes can help you keep in mind that consistent learning is important, as you see the results of your hard work, even though you are not in Poland full-time. After all, motivation is always a good place to start, but never something to rely on! 

You don’t need to remember everything. Poland is a country with several popular dialects and even Poles use certain phrases differently, and sometimes have to question what the other person means. The most important thing is to determine: what do I need Polish for? Maybe while shopping, maybe at the children’s school, maybe I would like to read Polish newspapers or to talk to Polish colleagues with fluency in their language, too. All of these skills are trained as part of group courses and individual lessons in KLUB DIALOGU.

You have to focus on your goal and learn vocabulary and phrases related to this specific topic. Our teachers will help you set the initial goals, and while learning, we can make changes and add other interesting things for you to enjoy and learn, too. Polish really is a language that you can learn without necessarily being in Poland. It’s at time difficult and confusing, but it’s also full of interesting words, phrases and structures. Polish people love it when you speak Polish, so why not surprise them in a different country where you live together? Everything is possible! Good luck!

Everyone has trouble sometimes organising time; for all of us, there just aren’t enough hours in the day to work, take care of personal matters, time for family, friends, personal development or just relaxing! It is of course a matter of priorities. What is important to us?

If you are thinking about learning a new language, and especially the Polish language (we highly recommend! :-)), the best way for most people is to attend structured courses. Those Polish language lessons can be individual lessons, organised in a way that suits you and your timetable, or consistent group classes where you embark on your Polish language learning journey with other foreigners who have a passion for learning Polish, too! 

During these structured, group classes at KLUB DIALOGU Polish Language School for Foreigners, you are then obliged to devote time to learning Polish on specific days and at regular times every week. In KLUB DIALOGU, we conduct lessons so that our students get the most out of them. We enjoy using textbooks that are specifically designed to help you along during your learning but we also fully believe in learning by playing, such as board games, interactive online quizzes and other means. These fun games are also a way to interact with your classmates and get your mind off the everyday thoughts of work, university studies and so on. You can actually learn Polish and unwind at the same time! It’s important especially for people, who learn basic Polish and during online Polish courses.

It is perhaps obvious, that in order to enhance the effects of your Polish language classes, it is important to study alone in order to consolidate your knowledge and the learning you have done during courses with the help of your experienced teacher. It is no secret that learning any language isn’t easy, but taking the time to also look through your work done in classroom and, once your confidence allows it, to speak to Polish people in real life scenarios, such as in the supermarket, in a cafe or even with your Polish friends! More ideas include watching TV in Polish or with Polish subtitles (to practise reading skills and understanding), changing social media settings to Polish language, listening Polish online and so on. Doing this means you don’t even have to specifically make time to study alone, as you would be doing those things anyway. It is a fact that self-study enhances your Polish language learning, as well as enables you to move on faster, not being stuck at a certain level of Polish knowledge for longer than you need to be! 

Some people set aside even just 5 minutes a day for self-study. This may seem like very little but, little in this case is better than nothing! Besides, over time, those 5 minutes can always be extended when you realise that learning our wonderful Polish language isn’t actually a chore, but it is enjoyable. It will become a natural part of your daily activities before you know it. It is also important to not be deterred if you think that you aren’t making progress. With learning anything, there will be times when you plateau and times when your knowledge seems to soar. This is, too, the case with learning Polish both during courses and self-learnig, especially when you learn basic Polish. Students can find themselves at the ‘same place’ with their progress for a while, and then suddenly they are speaking with much more fluency and really getting a hand of some more complicated Polish grammar and sentence structures. This is natural, so don’t worry and don’t get frustrated and definitely don’t give up!! You can always express your concerns during lessons and our teachers will with pleasure discuss them with you and help you make a plan of how to effectively study further! The most important thing is to do it regularly and with pleasure. And never, never call it homework, but development work – you do it only for yourself.

During both group and individual classes, you learn important and practical skills to help you live life in Poland. You will be able to order coffee, make an appointment with a doctor or hairdresser, buy something in a shop, order a taxi. Group courses are structured around levels and modules, and all students within a group are on the same level. Some know a little more, some a little less, but general ability is the same. Individual lessons are tailored to a given students needs, be it time of day, length of the lesson or language level. Regardless, learning is always fun and our students see it as time to relax whilst learning, not time for more stress. 

The decision to learn a language is exactly the same as the decision to start any other activity – running, dancing or eating breakfast before leaving the house. Our motivation is what is important. We just have to find this time. If time is really very limited, we can decide to study individually at home – the teacher comes your home and conducts lessons with you there. What could be more comfortable and convenient? There is also the option to learn Polish online individually or in a group. In this case, you needn’t lose time travelling. However, it’s worth remembering that Polish courses at our school are about more than just learning. It is also an opportunity to meet people who are in a similar situation, people from all over the world, an opportunity to exchange views, experiences, and to have interesting discussions. Group activities, especially in a culturally diverse group, are simply fantastic. It’s worth to mention that we, every so often, organise activities outside of the school to give you a chance to further intermingle, as well as use all the knowledge you’ve accumulated in real life situations with others who are at the same level of Polish as you. Definitely worth taking a little time out of your schedule for!  The bottom line is, once you start, you’ve overcome the biggest hurdle. You will start to see your progress and, more than anything else, feel incredibly proud of yourself. You’ll not want to shy away from speaking Polish again; you’ll be speaking and communicating in no time, full of pride that YOU have achieved that! YOU are the one who has taken the time to study Polish, and YOU have really come a long way and learned a skill that will help you in certain situations, and fill you with joy in others. Come to KLUB DIALOGU Polish Language School for Foreigners to immerse yourself in a wonderful language, meet great and interesting people and learn something that you’ll have for life. We can’t wait to share the journey with you.