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WE PRESENT THE RESULTS 20 TASKS FOR THE 20TH BIRTHDAY OF KLUB DIALOGU SCHOOL

We are delighted when our students bring us more tasks from ’20 TASKS FOR THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF KD’Each of these tasks is really interesting and inspiring and allows us to learn more about you, your hobbies and lifestyle.

We get to know you from when you were (or still are) 20 years old, recipes from your kitchen, Polish words that seem difficult, funny or interesting to you.

Thank you very much for your opinions about the teachers, which sometimes written in verse give us a lot of joy!

We are always waiting for more!  Hurry up, because this is the best way to have fun with us at a unique BIRTHDAY PARTY celebrating 20 years of the KLUB DIALOGU Polish Language School, and the number of places is limited.

Selected works:

Difficult Polish words selected by students:

Świętokrzyska, cieszę się, spadkobiercy, Szczebrzeszyn, zaprzepaszczony, wykształcenie, pszczoła, szczęśliwy, najtrudniejsze, bezwzględnie, prostopadłościan

Loved Polish words selected by students:

Wakacje, truskawka, ogórki, słoń, słońce, szczęście, poniekąd

A poem by Tatsiana from Belarus about her teacher Ola:

Słuchaj uważnie nauczyciela języka polskiego 

Nie ma teraz nic ważniejszego.

Nauczanie dla Oli jest jej powołaniem,

W jej pracy dusza łaskę rozpoznała.

Nauczanie jest jej przeznaczeniem,

Całą wiedzę nam przekazała.

Oli ten wiersz dedykuję;

Mówimy jej skromne ‘Dziękuję’,

Kurs ukończony. Łza rozstania z naszych oczu płynie,

Niech KLUB DIALOGU w Polsce słynie!

REGULATIONS OF THE COMPETITION:

’20 TASKS FOR KD’S 20TH BIRTHDAY’

Note: The number of places is limited. The order of submitted TASK SHEET is decisive.

  1. The organiser of the competition is Szkoła KLUB DIALOGU s. c., Wioletta Kunicka-Kajczuk, Piotr Kajczuk, Al.  Jerozolimskie 55/4, 00-697 Warszawa, NIP 536-276-44-16.
  2. Any person who is 16 or over, has notified the School office of their willingness to participate in the competition, and has downloaded (physically or online) the TASK SHEET from the office, can participate in the competition.
  3. Participation in the competition is free of charge.
  4. The competition begins on 2/01/2024 and will last until 4 pm on 14/06/2024.
  5. The competition involves completing the tasks described in the ‘Task List’ section.
    1. Tasks can be completed in any order.
    2. A completed task should be presented to the school office or sent to the following e-mail address: klubdialogu2004@gmail.com and a stamp should be obtained on your TASK SHEET (in person at the School or through the School’s office – then the Participant’s TASK SHEET remains at the School).
    3. If the task is sent by e-mail, please put your name and surname and the keyword “20 tasks” in the subject of the e-mail, with the task number in the body of the e-mail.
    4. To apply for a prize, a competition participant must complete 15 selected tasks out of 20. The 5 tasks marked with * (asterisk) are compulsory.
  6. The School is not responsible for the TASK SHEET issued to the competition participant.  If the Participant loses the sheet with stamps, the School may issue the participant a new, empty sheet.
  7. Each participant who presents a TASK SHEET with at least 15 stamps receives a prize.
  8. The competition prize is free entry to the Birthday Party celebrating 20 YEARS of the KLUB DIALOGU School, which will take place on 28th June (Friday) 2024 (read more)
  9. The prize is awarded on an ongoing basis, after meeting the conditions in point 5d.
  10. All submitted works by competition participants remain with the organiser.
  11. The competition participant consents to the School publishing his/her personal data: name, country of origin, and image recorded on a video or photo on all social media, information channels, as well as at events.
  12. Submitting a competition task is regarded as a simultaneous declaration that the task does not violate the rights of third parties, in particular, it does not violate their property and any copyright.
  13. By entering the competition, the participant agrees to:
    1. Free transfer of copyright to the submitted tasks to the organiser of the competition, the KLUB DIALOGU School, in particular to the video with wishes (task no. 2) and to the project “Me as a 20-year-old” (task no. 5).
    2. Preserving the submitted tasks in any form and technique selected by the organiser (including: printed, digital, computer) on any medium selected by the organiser.
    3. Publishing entire tasks or their parts on social media and elsewhere selected by the organiser.

Task list:

1* (obligatory). Participation in at least one group or individual course at the KLUB DIALOGU School.

We count the period from January 2024 to June 2024. The number of hours is not relevant. We simply want you to feel the atmosphere of our school.

2* (obligatory). A video with wishes for the KLUB DIALOGU School.

It’s our Birthday! We are very curious what you think about us and what you wish us for the future. Video length should be up to 30 seconds. Your video will be shown during the Birthday Party.

3* (obligatory). Participation in at least 2 editions of the QUIZ ‘SCHOOL CHALLENGE’.

Throughout 2024, 6 editions of the QUIZ ‘SCHOOL CHALLENGE’ will be published. You will find them on FB, IG, e-mail, in our Newsletter, and on our website. They will be available in February, March, April, May, September, and October. Don’t miss it! Follow our social media.

4* (obligatory). Let’s get to know each other! Introduce yourself to us! :).

How?  Come to school or connect online with the School Methodist. Say a few sentences about yourself in Polish. We know it can be a challenge, especially when you’re just starting out, but you can definitely say your name, where you’re from, what language you speak, and what you like to do :).

5* (obligatory). Project ‘Me as a 20-year-old’.

The project can be in any form. It is best to prepare it on a piece of A5 paper, where you put a photo of yourself when you were 20 years old and write a few sentences – in any language – what you did then, what your passions and interests were. Your project will be presented at the School.

6.   Your favourite Polish word.

Write it to us in an e-mail, or on a piece of paper at school, or tell us in person. You can do it in any form. We are curious what Polish word you think is the most interesting. Or maybe you have a story about the word?  The most interesting words will be published on the School’s FB and IG. 

7.   The most difficult Polish word.

Write it to us in an e-mail, or on a piece of paper at school, or tell us in person. You can do it in any form. We are curious what Polish word you think is the most difficult. Which is the most difficult to write? To pronounce? Share it with us. The most interesting words will be published on the School’s FB and IG.

8.  A recipe from your national cuisine.

Write us a recipe for a specialty from your national cuisine. Or maybe even bring us something to try? That would be really nice. The most interesting recipes will be published on the School’s FB and IG.

9.  Your review of the School on Google.

It’s wonderful to read opinions, especially when they are nice and positive ????. Of course, be honest and write what you think. Oh, and remember, the general rule in KLUB DIALOGU is that for each opinion posted on Google and (simultaneously) on FB you will receive a PLN 50 discount on your Polish language course. This is regardless of this competition.

10.  A Valentine’s Day card or another greeting card.

Everyone loves receiving cards. Especially on birthdays or Valentine’s Day. Send us a Valentine’s Day card or other greeting card by post or bring it to school. We would be delighted! 🙂

11. Easter egg.

Easter is a time to make decorations. This is a Polish tradition. Maybe you would like to try too? Make your own Easter egg (an egg painted or decorated in any way). Bring it to school and it will definitely be included in the Easter basket.

12. Teacher presentation.

We know that some people love their teachers. This makes us so happy. Tell us about it or write to us. You can present it in any form. Just let us know why your teacher is so unique :).

13. How do you spend your May weekend (‘Majówka’)?

At the beginning of May in Poland there are two holidays next to each other, so it’s a long weekend.  A lot of people go out of town or organize picnics.  Do you know what you will be up to during this time? Write us a few sentences about it.

14. Homework with instructions.

I’m sure you have a lot of homework during your course. That’s good! This is extra language practice. Do the selected (any) homework and send it to the competition address klubdialogu2004@gmail.com – not only will you ‘pass’ the competition task, but you will also receive your homework corrected and graded. That’s a way to kill two birds with one stone!

15.  A famous person from your country.

A politician, actor, or reality star for example? Write a few sentences in Polish or English and be sure to write your opinion about them. 

16. Classrooms at the KLUB DIALOGU School.

Do you know what our school looks like? How many classrooms does it have? Do you know their names? Write us an e-mail with the names of at least 3 rooms in our school. Or maybe you know where these names originated from?

17. Reading texts on our BLOG.

The KLUB DIALOGU School not only teaches Polish. It also prepares a lot of other learning materials and interesting facts about Polish culture and tradition for it’s students. You can find all this on our website in the BLOG section. Tell us what text or article you have recently read. Was it interesting? Helpful? Did you learn something new? We are very interested in your opinion!

18. Decorations at the School.

One of the elements of the Jubilee Year is changing the look of our School with new decorations. Do you remember a new decoration we have? Can you describe it?

19. Learning program from A0 to B1.

As you have probably noticed, learning Polish is a long-term process.  Do you remember how many modules/courses there are from level A0 to B1?

20. Like our FB page and follow KD’s Instagram profile.

There is a lot going on on KLUB DIALOGU School’s FB and IG profiles. Here you will find posts with new words, explanations of interesting concepts or descriptions of interesting events. It’s worth following us. Especially in the Jubilee Year 2024, because there will be a lot going on!

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Halloween or the Feast of the Dead? Is either of the holidays better?

Although Halloween is gaining popularity in Poland, there are still claims that it is a pagan holiday. Not only did it come to us from the US, but it also wants to replace our Polish Day of the Dead. Is this true?

The origins of the Polish Day of the Dead and Halloween are very similar.

Both pagans and early Christians worshipped their dead. In the 14th century, All Saints’ Eve was introduced (in English-speaking countries called “All Hallows’ Eve” – later the name was shortened to Halloween). It was then that the faithful needed to pray for the dead to all the saints. People also needed a holiday to tame their fear of death, cold and long nights.

So can we compare these Holidays?

Nowadays you can see how different these Holidays have gone, although they started out similarly. In the States, or the UK, Halloween is a joyous holiday, full of dressing up, spooky decorations, collecting candy, pranks and parties. In Poland, a quieter tradition has taken hold – we visit the graves of the dead members of our Families, leaving a candle and praying for them.

Therefore, instead of comparing, it is better to have a good time with friends on Halloween, and visit the graves of loved ones the next day. Then no one will feel disadvantaged. In Polish culture, the need to visit cemeteries on the Day of the Dead is so deeply rooted that there is no need to worry that it will be supplanted by Halloween.

2 in 1 – that is, good fun and a time of reflection.

Isn’t it beautiful that in Poland we can have 2 in 1? Even if we return late from a Halloween party on October 31, the next day we will be eager to visit the graves of loved people who have died. After all, the beauty of a lighted cemetery with lots of flowers and that nostalgic atmosphere are unique and worth cultivating.

And what KLUB DIALOGU says about it?

KLUB DIALOGU Polish Language School is a tolerant and open to dialogue school, where students from all over the world learn. That’s why it’s so important to share your traditions and culture with others, but also to draw from other good models. Such an attitude enriches and creates a place that is friendly to everyone. That’s why in our Polish language courses you can feel comfortable and learning is a pleasure.

Sources:

-https://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween

-https://dokariery.pl/-/swieto-zmarlych-czy-halloween-

KLUB DIALOGU INTERNATIONAL CHOIR
‘ŚPIEWAJĄCO PO POLSKU’

MAKE YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE AND JOIN KLUB DIALOGU CHOIR

Do you like to sing or hum to yourself?

Would you like to know the Polish language like a bird its melody?

Make your dreams come true and join our

 

KLUB DIALOGU INTERNATIONAL CHOIR ‘Śpiewająco Po Polsku’ (‘Singing in Polish’)

Rehearsals take place at the School

on SATURDAYS at 11am until 1pm

fee: PLN 150 per month (to cover costs)

The first try is always free for you!

Singing in a choir only has benefits!

# for health – you learn to breathe properly

# for voice development – you improve your voice

# for language learning – you learn words and grammar forms faster

# for speech development – you will no longer have problems with phonetics

 

Additionally, thanks to participation in the choir:

# you will meet new friends

# you will take part in international competitions

# you will have a nice time with music

 

Don’t worry if you think you can’t sing – anyone can sing!

Don’t worry if you don’t know the notes – hardly anyone knows them!

Don’t worry about your A0 level – music is an international language!

Don’t worry if you’ve never sung in a choir – everyone started singing only in the shower!

Don’t worry that performing is stressful – there is strength in the choir!

 

Your intentions are important, don’t worry about the rest.

Join KLUB DIALOGU’S CHOIR today!

Invite your friend or a family member.

By the end of the year, the rehearsals will be free of charge.

From 2024 there will be a small charge in order to cover the administrative costs.

 

ONE TEAM, ONE DREAM, ONE KLUB DIALOGU

 

We warmly invite you

Justyna – Conductor

Dorota – Director of KD and member of a Choir

Viola – the owner of KD

Do you like to sing or hum to yourself?

Would you like to know the Polish language fluently?

Make your dreams come true and join our CHOIR ‘Śpiewająco po Polsku’

Singing in a choir only has benefits!

# for health – you learn to breathe properly

# for voice development – you improve your voice

# for language learning – you learn words and grammar forms faster

# for speech development – you will no longer have problems with phonetics

Additionally, thanks to participation in the choir:

# you will meet new friends

# you will take part in international competitions

# you will have a nice time with music

Don’t worry if you think you can’t sing – anyone can sing!

Don’t worry if you don’t know the notes – hardly anyone knows them!

Don’t worry about your A0 level – music is an international language!

Don’t worry if you’ve never sung in a choir – everyone started singing only in the shower!

Don’t worry that performing is stressful – there is strength in the choir!

Your intentions are important, don’t worry about the rest.

Therefore, do not delay!  Join KLUB DIALOGU’S CHOIR today!

Invite your friend or a family member.

Rehearsals will start in SEPTEMBER and will be

on SATURDAYS at 11am until 1pm

By the end of the year, the rehearsals will be free of charge.

From 2024 there will be a small charge in order to cover the administrative costs.

ONE TEAM, ONE DREAM, ONE KLUB DIALOGU

We warmly invite you

Justyna – Conductor

Dorota – Director of KD and member of a Choir

Viola – the owner of KD

KLUB DIALOGU recommends: Bicycle paths in Warsaw

Warsaw is a great city for cycling. You’ve probably noticed that there are bike rental stations in many places, and a bike path leads to every location. (Well, maybe to almost every ;-)).

The most beautiful, recreational bicycle path in Warsaw runs along the right side of the Vistula River, i.e. from the side of the Praga District. This route starts right next to the border with Jabłonna and ends near the Siekierkowski Bridge. Currently, the route is over 21 kilometers long.

Fans of outdoor activities (i.e. Fans of KLUB DIALOGU) can admire the charms of not only the wild corners of the river, but also meet animals such as herons, crayfish, otters, and beavers.  It is a protected nature area covered by the ‘Natura 2000’ program.

Did you know that over 150 species of birds live by the Vistula River, and over 30 species of fish live in the river itself?

Riding along this bicycle path, we can reach five city beaches – Tarchomin, Rusałka, Poniatówka, Saska, and Romantyczna. During the summer season, there are numerous events for children and adults. And from here it’s not far from the KLUB DIALOGU School????

An additional attraction is traveling by free water tram to the other bank of the Vistula River. There are 4 such crossings on the Vistula River. The tram runs every 20 minutes. Sounds tempting? You must go and see for yourself!

Oh, please no, don’t postpone we won’t let you go – alone!

WISŁA RIVER AND KAYAKING

Do you know?

In Poland, there are many rivers. The Wisła river is the most important and the longest Polish river (1047km) and it flows through Warsaw. Do you know, that the Wisła is only a Polish river, because here it has it’s beginning and it’s end. You’ll find its source at the Barania Mountain in the Silesian Beskids (in the south of Poland) to finally enter the Baltic Sea. The Wisła has many inflows of smaller rivers. 

In KLUB DIALOGU, during summer Polish courses, we organise many additional events. One of which will be kayaking on the Wkra river. It’s a unique adventure and an opportunity to become familiar with the picturesque surroundings of Warsaw, and to actively spend time in an international and Polish environment. Join us! 

Praga

PRAGA – is an area of Warsaw on the right-hand bank of the Vistula River.  During World War II, Praga was not badly damaged, so the specific Praga folklore has been preserved.  You can find many gems here, such as shrines in the backyards of tenement houses and traditional craft workshops.  Recently, Praga has become a very popular place among artists and tourists.

Street Art. In Praga

STREET ART is an art form that originated in the mid-1990s: graffiti, murals, stickers, and artwork.  It is art without limits, free in its nature!

Looking for murals in the city is a creative pleasure and a way to spend time actively. There are many murals in Praga, and all of them can be reached by bike or on foot.

Unfortunately, time and weather conditions have a large negative impact on street works.  Falling plaster from buildings, repairs of tenement houses, changeable weather mean that this extraordinary art is destroyed.  So do not hesitate and start this fascinating journey today.

1.       Duel [Duel], ul. Środkowa 23

2.      The longer you wait for the future [Im dłużej czekasz na przyszłość], ul. Stalowa 38

3.      Ania and columns [Ania i Kolumny], ul. Stalowa 50

4.       Factory owner [Właściciel fabryki], ul. Stalowa 46

5.       Mural [Mural], ul. Szwedzka 2/4

6.       63 days in the life in Warsaw [63 dni z życia Warszawy], ul. Grodzieńska 20

7.       Temple [Świątynia], ul. Mała 8

8.       Deyna [Deyna], ul. Inżynierska 4 

9.      Praga bag [Praska torba], ul. Inżynierska 3

10.   Desperados [Desperados], ul. Ząbkowska 2

11.   Little angel [Aniołek], ul. Ząbkowska 2 

12.   Deyna [Deyna], ul. Brzeska 16

13.   Big goose [Wielka Gęś], ul. Brzeska 14a

14.   Your mother of god [Twoja Matka Boska], ul. Brzeska 17a

Read more: https://stacjapraga.pl/spacery/street-art/

ROYAL ŁAZIENKI PARK

Do you know?

Royal Lazienki Park (Łazienki Królewskie) is a beautiful park, that is almost in the centre of Warsaw. The most important monuments within the park are: the Palace on the Water, the Theatre on the Water, the Old Orange, the Chopin Monument and Belveder. The Royal Łazienki Park was founded in the 17th century, but the current shape owes to king August Poniatowski (the last king of Poland, 1732-98). The park connects elements of French and English gardens. Throughout summer, below the Chopin monument, live Chopin music concerts are organised. 

In order to fully enjoy the charms of the Polish language and the most beautiful nature in Warsaw, during summer courses we will have lessons in the park, by the Vistula River and in the Old Town. Moreover, we will take you, among others, to a Chopin concert.

The photo comes from: (20+) Koncerty Chopinowskie w Łazienkach Królewskich | Warsaw | Facebook

The Poniatowski Bridge in Warsaw has more than 109 years of history

At the extension of Aleje Jerozolimskie, i.e. the street where KLUB DIALOGU School is located, a unique bridge takes us across the Vistula River in Warsaw – Poniatowski Bridge.

Did you know that this bridge was built over 109 years ago, in the 20th century, in the years 1904-1914.  At that time, Poland was no longer on the map of Europe.  Its territory was under Prussian, Austrian, and Russian rule, and Warsaw was ruled by Tsar Nicholas II Romanov of Russia.

The construction of the Poniatowski Bridge was one of the city’s largest investments at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries.  It was erected on eight steel pillars, and the majestic towers at the entrance to the bridge were to perform defensive functions.

The history of the Poniatowski Bridge is the history of Warsaw

The history of the Poniatowski Bridge is closely connected with the tragic history of Warsaw.  Already on 5th August 1915, the Russian army that were retreating from Warsaw demolished 2 pillars of the bridge, rendering it useless.

But much to the joy of Varsovians and visitors alike, the bridge was soon rebuilt (1921–1927).

The storm of World War II saw the bridge once again victim to attack.  It was destroyed by the Germans during the Warsaw Uprising on 13th September 1944 at 12.15PM due to the threat of joining the Polish army with the insurgents.

After the war, Warsaw developed rapidly, and buildings were rebuilt.  The Poniatowski Bridge was one of the first investments.  It was put into use on 22nd July 1946 (the Old Town was only rebuilt in 1953).  This gave way for the launch of the first post-war tram across the Vistula River.  The Mermaid carved in stone returned to the turret at the Polish Army Museum.  And on the Praga side of the bridge, a stone commemorating the fights for the liberation of Warsaw in 1944-1945 was placed. 

The Poniatowski Bridge is brimming with life

Currently, the length of the bridge itself is 506 m, and together with the viaduct and access roads, it is over 3.5 km long!

The Poniatowski Bridge is constantly in the center of attention, and its surroundings are teeming with life!

Do you know that:

Interesting fact – what is the actual name of the Bridge?

The official name of the Poniatowski Bridge is the Prince Józef Poniatowski Bridge (as of 1917).  Previously, the bridge was called the Mikołajewski Bridge, the Emperor Nicholas II Bridge or the Third Bridge).

Currently, it is commonly simply referred to as the “Poniatoszczak

Source: Wikipedia