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The Polish language is our passion; we love teaching it to foreigners who are passionate about Polish language and who are determined to learn. Living in Poland, one of the best things someone could do would be learning Polish to at least a conversational level. Of course, many people now speak English and it is possible to get by speaking it, however, in more official circumstances or in every day life, this is sometimes not possible. Given the many positives of learning Polish, why do some people struggle with it? The main reason, it seems, is the fact that Polish is said to be one of the most difficult languages to learn, and having a closed mindset before starting to learn Polish can very often make it difficult to push down barriers, and to find the real passion for our language for all that it is. At KLUB DIALOGU Polish Language School for Foreigners, we know and understand all of the different issues with learning Polish and we are accustomed to helping you break your barriers and guiding you on your journey to falling in love with the Polish language!  

What are some things that are difficult about our language? It’s true, that Polish is made up of some complex grammar structures and difficult pronunciation. This needn’t put someone off delving deep into the world of Polish learning, because once one masters the pronunciation of our special letters and groups of letters, it really isn’t that hard! In Polish, we have six extra letters than the English alphabet, containing nine interesting characters: Ą, Ć, Ę, Ł, Ń, Ó, Ś, Ż and Ź. The diacritical marks are fundamental in pronouncing each of these letters as they all have quite a different sound to what you may expect from the English alphabet. We also mentioned the groups of letters, meaning SZ, CZ, DŻ, DŹ, DZI, RZ etc. Each cluster forms a different sound said as one in a given word. Perhaps it seems overwhelming, but students almost always pick these up very quickly and are able to immediately form sentences and speak with great pronunciation!  

Something that can also throw learners of Polish as a foreign language off guard is that so many words have one diminutive form at least. You may hear them often in more relaxed situations, as they’re used to express affection or friendly vibes. This is also true for Polish names, and family members and friends almost always use these diminutive forms to refer to one another. That is why sometimes it can be confusing to hear someone’s name in a completely different way. It is still the same name, however! For example, the female name Małgorzata can be changed most commonly into Małgosia and Gosia. Joanna into Asia, Krzysztof into Krzysiek and so on (the list could really go on forever. The name Anna can be changed into at least 8 forms! Maybe these things would seem strange or even difficult if you’re a foreigner embarking on your Polish language learning journey, but we promise that this is actually a wonderful aspect of our language! Practically every noun can be changed into a diminutive form!  

As it tends to be known, in Polish we have seven declinations: nominative case, genitive, instrumental, accusative, dative, vocative and locative. It wouldn’t be fair to say that this is easy to learn and doesn’t take practice (both in Polish classes and self-revision and learning), but once these are learnt to a decent level, this is when it is really possible to speak with a level of fluency and confidence in Polish in many different situations. We tend to teach these in detail during the A2 level courses. Free word order, using ‘się’ and other slightly more difficult aspects of Polish are also more intensively taught at this level. This is precisely why it’s worth to stay determined and not give up at the first hurdles of learning Polish, because we can guarantee that once our students continue to be conscientious and put continuous effort in, Polish isn’t as bad as it ‘seems’ and is said to be! It really is the same with learning any foreign language. It might not always be easy but it is most certainly worth it.  

If you’re motivated to learn Polish, join us at KLUB DIALOGU Polish Language School for Foreigners for individual and group courses, that are not only tailored to your needs, but are also informative and what’s more, super fun and make learning seem like a complete pleasure as apposed to a chore! We are looking forward to seeing you to teach you our wonderful language and learn about your culture, too!  

KLUB DIALOGU has been conducting online Polish lessons, which have proven to be very successful, but finally, WE’RE RETURNING TO SAFE LESSONS AT SCHOOL!

What does BACK TO SCHOOL mean to us?

You can still learn the Polish language online, but if you prefer lessons at school – we are here for you!

Learning online – what does it entail? We know that this method of learning has always been an option, and always will be! It’s a great tool for those who can’t manage to come regularly to classes in person.

Online learning is famously flexible; timings can be negotiated, and not to mention location. From the comfort of one’s own home, office, wherever! What’s more, they don’t have to be boring and lose value compared to face-to-face classes. Although the dynamic is different, group and individual classes can be conducted smoothly, and effectively, and in some ways an online class can be similar to a traditional one held in person.

Classes put structure in the day. Teachers present their knowledge and information and they interact with people in real time, and students can interact with each other as well.

For those who never thought online lessons were for them, or never considered them, have fully embraced them, and for those who have always had these kinds of lessons, or have done them in the past, they’ve been able to carry on with learning. But what about teachers?

One of our teachers, Magda, said the following:

“At the beginning it seemed to me that the screen would limit my expression. It’s known, however, how significant a role in the learning process is played by non-verbal communication, also in teaching Polish as a foreign language. In retrospect, however, I can admit that online work is very effective and enjoyable. Instant messengers and many various internet applications, specially prepared for the education sector, allow the creation of appropriate conditions for the transfer of knowledge, facilitate the work of the teacher, and are, above all, attractive to students. I`d say even more! It’s better to play an online quiz than to do grammar exercises all the time. Regardless of age, the principle of learning by playing still works. Of course, as always, you should be moderate and adapt the rhythm of classes to the diverse preferences of students.” 

Online learning can be fun and an adventure!

One of Magda’s students, Brian, USA, gave the following opinion of his Polish classes held online:

“Skype lessons with KLUB DIALOGU have been really effective: a great way to seamlessly integrate technology into the language lesson.  I plan to continue with Skype instruction until I achieve fluency in Polish.  It has proven to be quite convenient for both me and my instructor!” 

Another point to mention is that the element of anonymity provided with online classes can benefit some students who are perhaps afraid to speak up in class. Being physically ‘alone’ yet part of the class online can give a feeling of comfort and more students can join in and embrace their learning. This can then, as we return back to the physical classroom, give added confidence when students do interact with their peers face-to-face.

Oliwia, another one of our teachers told us how she’s felt during the full-time online lessons:

“I have always enjoyed technological innovations and I like to use various educational platforms during classroom lessons. Therefore during online meetings I feel like a fish in water! Of course lesson preparation for remote learning is more time consuming, because virtual meetings leave less spontaneity. However, such work gives me a lot of joy. I like to get to know my students better; their opinions, thoughts, their plans and dreams.”

Whilst there are differences, positives and negatives, of online learning, ultimately when classes are given by well-trained, experienced teachers, the information comes across the same and students can still effectively learn, and ever new tools and online applications that are launched all the time develop this mode of class-giving.

The opinion of online lessons from our teacher, Beata:

“The high availability of instant messengers and internet tools makes online lessons really effective and interesting. Students who had no previous contact with this form of learning Polish as a foreign language quickly „became accustomed” to it. I also think that in order to learn Polish well, it is very important to maintain continuity of learning, which is why online lessons are a convenient tool for those who travel a lot or often stay „after hours” at work. Of course, it is an invaluable form for those who live abroad, but contact with the Polish language is still very important for them!”

Beata’s students, Alessia and Alberto, gave us their opinion, too:

“I’ve been having Polish lessons online for some time now. Earlier I haven`t had the opportunity to do this and I thought that only direct contact is important for learning. Now I know that thanks to such lessons I have more time for myself because I don’t have to go to school and I can study at home. It`s very convenient!” – Alessia, Italy.

“At the beginning I wanted to have my Polish lessons only at school, but my friend – Alessia – convinced me, that it`s worth to start Polish classes online. And now I like it! Now I think online lessons are convenient because I have more time for my professional matters. Of course, there are internet problems from time to time and I can’t understand well, but it’s like in a real world, where different people speak in a different way!” – Alberto, Italy.

The Polish language school for foreigners is a school that is constantly developing and reacting to market situations on an ongoing basis. That is why our students can value us. Because teaching is our passion – nothing is impossible for us!

At the end of last year, KLUB DIALOGU Polish Language School opened a brand new course called ‘LEVEL UP 500’. This drew a lot of attention quite quickly, but perhaps you’re wondering why? What does this name even mean?

The aim of this course is for the students enrolled to learn the Polish language from A0 level (a complete beginner in Polish) to B1 level (upper intermediate) in 500 hours. What’s more, these hours are to be done within 6 months of intensive learning, shared into 5 semesters, each of which are subsequently at a higher level, so students at different levels can also join this course as it’s going along at the beginning of a new semester. Each class is 4 hours long in total, and they take place at our school every week day.

The LEVEL UP 500 PROGRAM has now a very diverse and super interesting range of students, and we love to see them so eager to learn our language! A lot of our students are always interested in getting to B1 level or higher in order to communicate effectively in Polish and potentially write the state exam. It is human nature to be impatient 😉 so the fact that the Level Up 500 course boasts getting from A0 – B1 in 6 months was something that really drew attention, and still is!

Why is this course so fascinating and drawing so much attention from learners of Polish as a foreign language?

Ania, one of the two wonderful teachers running this course, who is very experienced and skilled in her field says she really enjoys teaching these lessons as you can “really immerse yourself in the Polish language 100%” and the fact it is so fast-paced means the results of effective teaching can be seen very quickly. A class that lasts 4 hours a day doesn’t have to be boring and spent only sitting down!”. And she adds, “creativity is very important being a teacher, and planning these lessons takes time to make them as interesting and engaging as possible. For example, the other day we just all stood up and played football together. We all said a positive sentence in Polish and passed the ball to one another. It was a fun and energizing way to take a break from sitting!”

Ania explains that during such a course, it’s necessary to strongly observe students to see how they learn, as everyone has somewhat different learning styles and needs. A challenge is to be able to run a class that benefits all in an equal way, but during classes they’re especially longer than others, this is more possible as there’s more time to use different methods. The biggest motivator is progress, for both the students and teachers!!

Mailing from Venezuela is one of our students who joined us for an intensive summer course, and she has now gone on to learning in our LEVEL UP 500 PROGRAM. For her, it’s all about practise. After completing a semester in this PROGRAM, which she admitted finding difficult sometimes, she says she has really improved this time around. “I can see the difference, and it’s very obvious.” Even though this semester is now a higher level than before, I think I just had to get used to this way and pace of learning. Now I have really got the hang of it and I’m enjoying it so much.”

So far this specialised program has proven to be a big success, and we’re so happy and proud to see improvement in our students and the achievements of our teachers.

At KLUB DIALOGU Polish Language School, we specialise in comprehensive and uniquely designed courses that are aimed towards improving our students knowledge in a more targeted and specific way.

One such program we offer is a GRAMMAR PROGRAM, aimed at students at A2 level who wish to focus solely on this difficult aspect of our language. This course is also unique in the fact that some students decide to join it concurrently with their current course in our school.

During all of our lessons, the GRAMMAR COURSE included, we don’t like the idea of ‘dumbing’ down grammar explanations, making everything ‘too simplistic’ or crude, so we make an effort to teach grammar principles in a detailed yet effective and understandable way.

We recently finished a grammar course that consisted of a group of 7 people, all eager to improve their Polish understanding and speaking. In fact, our student Richard, who took part in the course, said that if one decides to take part in such classes, it shows that they are serious about learning the language. Why is that the case? Well, to join such a course is a leap of faith in yourself, as just simply attending class and forgetting about it until the next meeting just doesn’t cut it… As Richard said, “it’s necessary to go home and practise afterwards”. The course itself is a strong foundation to self-learning; he said, however, that without such a course, which is “well-structured and organised”, actually taking that step with Polish grammar is immensely difficult alone. Our classes provided a backbone to all other aspects of Polish language learning.

During the course, there was a situation with a student who just couldn’t grasp the concept of when a noun in the basic form ends with an ‘a’, it’s most likely a feminine word. However, Sandra, our teacher and certified speech therapist, is “infinitely patient”, explaining everything when and where it was necessary, and, in the end, the student understood!
We believe that learning Polish grammar shouldn’t be conducted by the book and in a colourless way. No matter how advanced someone is in the subject, sometimes our grammar is a mammoth task. That’s why there’s always fun to be had and countless laughs during our meetings!

What about from the teachers perspective? They’re interesting lessons to lead, as it’s different type of course than ‘regular’ courses. Each lesson, all were involved with a different grammar case, giving lessons a lot of structure every time. Each meeting also involved parts of theory as well as learning cases in specific situations along with practical tasks which helped students come out of their shells and enjoy the lessons a lot!

Anyone can join such a course. From any background and with any reason to learn Polish. They just have to be prepared to learn intensely, put in work and then see amazing results.

Do you feel that Polish grammar is difficult? Do you still struggle with it?

IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE LIKE THAT ANY MORE!

Come for a new GRAMMAR COURSE at A2 level! Everybody who would like to revise or systematise their knowledge of grammar is very welcome. Doesn`t matter if you currently don`t attend classes at KLUB DIALOGU, but feel that this kind of grammar revision will suit you, or you are a student, who`d like to intensify the Polish language learning (simultaneously to your course at school) – for sure you will find a lot of practical topics for yourself.

We kindly invite you for taking part in our unique summer program KLUB DIALOGU has prepared especially for you. Get to know our outstanding offer. In addition to regular, intensive and semi-intensive courses at all levels, a wide range of unusual events are available which will make your summer time even more attractive and full of “Polishness”. The Polish language has never been easy, and we know how to make it so!

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EASTER (21 / 22.04) – this is a special time and the most important religious holiday in Poland. It begins with a HOLY WEEK (18 – 20/04) – from MAUNDY THURSDAY, through GOOD FRIDAY, it ends with a HOLY SATURDAY, when Christians celebrate food ceremoniously. People bring ‚święconka’, or baskets, to the church to be blessed, in which there are: hams, sausages, cakes, bread and ‚PISANKI’, or painted eggs.

EASTER SUNDAY (21/04) – On this morning, families sit together at the Easter table. Before meals, they share an egg whilst giving best wishes.

EASTER MONDAY (22/04) – this is the second day of Easter, which is associated with fun and … water! From the early hours of the morning, boys go pouring buckets of water over girls. Do not be surprised when, on this day, you will be accidentally covered with water on the street!

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To bring you closer to our tradition, the Polish Language School for Foreigners, KLUB DIALOGU invites you to free conversation classes at the school.

 FREE CONVERSATIONS,

13th April (Saturday),

 A0 / A1, at 10 – 11.30 AM

A2 / B1, at 11.45 AM – 1.15 PM

During which we will talk about

How we celebrate Easter in Poland and in other countries.

Book your place now! ?

Sign up by sending an email to info@klubdialogu.pl

New courses at attractive prices! Check now. Go to PROMOTION ZONE.

To support you in this important decision, KLUB DIALOGU Polish Language School has prepared a unique offer of courses for you, in which you will not only be spoilt for choice, but also won’t break the bank. From October to December 2018, each course costs only 690 PLN. If you decide to purchase two courses straight away, you will get a price guarantee of 680 PLN per course (1360 PLN in total). We have one more gift for you. If you buy a package of 2 courses, you will have the opportunity to buy phonetics or grammar lessons (max 4h) for only 85PLN/1h. The promotion includes courses starting from October to January 2019.

Bare in mind! The Christmas break at our school lasts from 24.12.2018 – 2.01.2019.