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THE POWER OF COMMUNICATION. HOW TO SPEAK SO THAT WE ARE HEARD? – Why is it so important not only while learning the polish language? (Episode I)

How to speak so that we are heard? Why is effective communication so important not only when learning Polish?

The Polish Language School for Foreigners KLUB DIALOGU is a unique place where not only Polish lessons take place, but where we passionately share Polish tradition, culture, and lifestyle. We understand DIALOGUE as effective communication, full acceptance of the diversity of cultures, openness to exchanging thoughts, and the willingness to get to know each other. That’s why we like to talk so much ?.

That’s all (and so much) about KLUB DIALOGU School. What does sociological research say?

Many sociological studies show that the effectiveness of our communication (i.e., whether we are heard and understood) depends largely on our origin (country, region, family, community) and cultural experiences.

Deborah Tannen is a professor of linguistics and author of many publications on interpersonal communication, which proves that competent people are not always listened to. It turns out that HOW something is said more important than WHAT is said.

Language is not only a tool for communicating information, and learning Polish is not only a verbal statement.

Everything we want to say has to be said in the right way. Therefore, depending on the situation, we adjust the tone of the voice, its intensity, and even the speed of speech. Elements such as addressing the other person directly or indirectly, choice of words, a pause, and even the use of questions or apologies are important. These are cultural signals that not only communicate what we mean, but evaluate us as human beings.

For example, a discreet PAUSE. A pause that appears in a dialogue between two people. In each country, and even region of the same country, it is treated as ‘natural’ in a different way. In NY City, the long pause in speech is unbearable, so people keep talking until their interlocutor cuts in. Meanwhile, in Texas – only a longer pause allows the interlocutor to express his opinion. This slight difference in conversation style can have a huge impact on communication and how we will be judged.

When learning Polish (or any other foreign language), make sure that your style of expression is respected. People from all over the world apply for a group Polish language course, which is why it is so important to respect each other’s communication styles. Italians are said to speak loudly and quickly, which is why they dominate the rest of the group. The Japanese are withdrawn and don’t ‘cut people off’; because of this, they can avoid interactions.

Polish is difficult, and learning Polish as a foreign language can be exhausting, so a pleasant atmosphere during Polish lessons will be an advantage when we want to be heard.

‘Me’, ‘mine’, ‘ours’ – how to communicate effectively and emphasize your own value? Take this also into account when learning Polish

You probably heard often how the leader of your team brags about your joint project saying: ‘My project has received the recognition of the CEO!’.

Deborah Tannen’s research on the style of expression shows that it is mostly men who will use the words ‘me’, and ‘mine’, when it comes to teamwork, as opposed to women, who will judge even their own work as ‘our project’, expecting – sometimes unsuccessfully – that someone else will appreciate them. Ultimately, whoever fights for it and communicates loudly gains recognition and is heard.

You probably noticed that women are in majority in KLUB DIALOGU Polish Language School ?. It just so happened, but thanks to this, we are a perfectly harmonious and a strong team, which together builds its values ​​and creates its identity. During Polish language courses, we try to praise our students a lot and encourage them to learn. This is important because although self-motivation is the key to success, the incentive of the teacher is the fuel that drives this motivation. Don’t forget to celebrate even those little successes. Talk about them. This naturally affects fantastic development, and learning Polish becomes an adventure and a pleasure!

Self-confidence gives many benefits in personal life and has a positive effect on learning Polish

Self-confidence is one of the main attributes that determine whether someone wants to listen to you. Especially in large corporations, it is this feature that determines whether the CEO (or another director) will decide on your case to be YES or NO. Your credibility and diligence is hidden precisely in self-confidence.

Research by psychologist Lauren Heatherington and her team shows that women are more likely to downplay their certainty; men are more likely to minimize their doubts. This is important information that is worth working on.

And again, the association with learning Polish comes to mind. If you do not know which grammatical form to use in a sentence, just be confident and the interlocutor will not even notice minor mistakes. They will be delighted that you speak Polish! Acceptance to make mistakes is one of the key values. It opens the mind to ‘learning from one’s own mistakes’, thus accelerating the process of learning Polish as a foreign language.

You can also practice during the Polish language lessons at KLUB DIALOGU School as much as you want. Be confident and learning Polish will bring the desired results! Check your language level, choose a Polish course for yourself and join us today!

Direct speech is an important part of effective communication. It is worth taking this into account when learning Polish

We all know that it is better to be clear about what we mean. Unfortunately, indirect speech is much more often used in communication between people. This is an element that distinguishes the culture of one country from another and can cause great confusion.

In Poland, you have probably encountered a direct form of giving orders, which could be offensive to you. A Polish boss will say: ‘The accountant needs help with the wage slips, help him tomorrow morning’.

On the other hand, the greatest value in Far Eastern culture is the ability to communicate whilst not speaking directly, in order to ‘not lose face’. For example, the Chinese are very sensitive to the so-called ‘loss of face’. It means that even trivial (from the point of view of a European) mishaps can be considered a total embarrassment. So we will not hear from a Chinese person that we are poor employees, that we speak Chinese or English poorly, or that we are doing something wrong. Any comments will always be articulated very politely, indirectly, like ‘maybe you could change the method’, ‘I think if you would do it this way, you would do it even better’.

Another example?

Have you eaten today? – a Chinese person will often ask you. A European might perceive it as an invitation to lunch or dinner. However, it’s just like our ‘how are you today?’. We should not answer this question in the negative, because it is not about whether we have actually already eaten today. The Chinese explain this by the poverty that prevailed in China in the past and in which time this greeting was born. It had a literal meaning at the time, but today it is just a simple greeting.

Conclusion: Both direct and indirect speech can be effective forms of communication as long as the chosen style is understood equally by both parties.

Working in such a diverse environment as the Polish Language School for Foreigners KLUB DIALOGU, we must constantly observe and learn the communication styles presented by our students. This is an extremely important cultural aspect that affects whether students will be willing to learn Polish or not. Learning Polish as a foreign language requires a direct form, especially at lower levels. A student with a limited vocabulary is also forced to use direct phrases, even if they may sound rude (for example in a shop: ‘give milk’). Do not give up. Practice is the most important thing!

The Polish language course guarantees that the student will learn a lot about Polish culture, the communication styles used (e.g. formal and informal), colloquial speech, what is allowed and what is considered rude. Talking to other students is also learning Polish, which broadens your horizons.

Conclusion: How to speak so that we are listened to and why is it so important not only when learning Polish?

So what is the most effective way to communicate in order to be heard and understood (also in a foreign language, for example, in Polish)?

There is no one answer.

Effective communication is not just about saying what we mean. HOW we say it is important. And the style of communication (how we speak and listen) differs significantly between people. It is influenced by many factors, such as: the situation in which we found ourselves, culture (country, work), subordination in an organisation, cultural experiences, or who we talk to. Therefore, we can easily get into trouble when we want to interpret someone else’s statement through our prism.

When learning Polish as a foreign language, many misunderstandings can arise. It is important to talk about them. This is one of the reasons why Polish language lessons at KLUB DIALOGU School are available. The huge variety of students from all over the world (from America to Japan) means that we can learn from each other. It is worth having courage, asking, making mistakes, communicating, looking at your strengths and using them.

Each Polish language course is a unique adventure that we undertake together with our students.



Our learning program is consistent with the system of levels described in the European Framework of Reference for Languages and with requirements of ALTE – The Association of Language Testers in Europe.


А0 (Polish for beginners) is the appropriate level for non-Slavic foreigners at which to start learning. During the courses at KLUB DIALOGU school, the student learns how to take part in basic Polish conversations, gets to know new phrases, forms of expressions and vocabulary that will allow them to function easily in everyday life. This is a very important stage of learning Polish for beginners as a foreign language for understanding the idea of ​​one of the most difficult languages in the world. Thanks to original, innovative methods, learning basic Polish becomes an adventure as well as a pleasure. From the very first basic Polish classes, students are encouraged to speak, and regular classes are supported by phonetics lessons. The entire level of the basic Polish language (A0) is scheduled for approximately 60 lesson hours. That is why for the convenience of our students, we divided it into 2 MODULES, 32 lesson hours each (A0 and A0+: ‘Survival – Polish for beginners’).

Experienced teachers with many years of practice

All classes are conducted by highly qualified teachers in teaching Polish as a foreign language. Therefore, in each basic Polish language class, new skills can be acquired that can immediately be used in practice. Making an appointment or ordering in a restaurant will not be a problem.

After the Polish for beginners course (A0) the student will be able to:

  • Introduce yourself and others and have simple discussions in an official and unofficial situation;
  • Name and describe jobs and the place of work;
  • Conduct basic Polish conversations in a shop, restaurant and other public places (transport), make an appointment;
  • Use dates, times, seasons, names of the days and months;
  • In general, acquires skills on how to learn basic Polish by themselves.

Polish as a foreign language teaching program:

  • Good morning (welcome and farewell, spelling, numerals)
  • My office (vocabulary, asking questions)
  • I’m hungry (vocabulary, price questions, colours)
  • Shopping (groceries, numbers 100 – 1000)
  • My work and hobbies (adjectives, learning basic Polish language for foreigners)
  • My week (names of the days of the week, time and location)
  • What time is it?  (hours, times of day, means of transport)
  • Months and dates (names of months, seasons, making an appointment)
  • I have a meeting (holidays, celebrations, official and informal meetings)
  • Weekend (traveling, booking)

At A1 level (Polish language for beginners) as a foreign language, the student understands and conducts basic Polish conversations. They can introduce themselves and other people, answer questions about their place of residence, the people they know and things they have. They use vocabulary that allows easy communication with others, provided that the interlocutor speaks slowly and clearly, showing willingness to cooperate.

Polish for beginners (A1) is the appropriate level for Slavic foreigners at which to start learning.

We kindly invite for our basic Polish courses.

Experienced teachers with many years of practice

Basic Polish language courses for foreigners at A1 level give the possibility to learn vocabulary and the ability to create phrases that will be useful in many situations. Polish lessons for beginners guarantee an improvement in language skills and knowledge resources at the lower level. All classes are conducted by experienced teachers with many years of practice. The individual approach and skills of effective information transfer allow you to easily master and assimilate the basics of Polish as a foreign language. Our mission is not only to convey the most important phrases and principles of the language but to also show various elements related to the culture and tradition of our country. Already during courses at A1 level (Polish for beginners) in KLUB DIALOGU school, we encourage you to speak and freely use your acquired skills and vocabulary.

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The entire A1 level (Polish language for beginners) is planned for approximately 120 lesson hours. Therefore, for the convenience of our students, we divided it into 5 MODULES, 32 lesson hours each. Attending basic Polish language courses for foreigners allows you to adapt faster to life in a new country and understand the mentality of Poles.

After completing the A1 level, the student will be able to:

  • Ask simple questions;
  • Briefly discuss situations, justify their choices, express opinions on everyday topics (hobby, sport, plans for the day, meetings, education, public holidays, art);
  • Characterise a person / object;
  • Conduct a basic Polish conversation in public places, at the doctors, at work, while travelling, arrange a visit somewhere, make a complaint, accept an invitation, make a reservation, etc.;
  • Use the present, past, and future tenses.

Polish as a foreign language teaching program:

  • Who are you?  (making contact, asking questions, identifying features)
  • This is my family (vocabulary, introducing myself and others)
  • What do you like doing?  (hobby, conduct basic Polish conversations)
  • Can we go to the cinema?  (asking for information, ordering, genitive, singular form)
  • Shopping (buying, expressions of preferences and negations, personal pronouns)
  • It already happened!  (the past tense)
  • What are your plans?  (expressing hopes, future tense)
  • Where are you?  (localization, nominative)
  • It’s cold and everything hurts!  (visit to the doctor, body parts)
  • Sport is health!  (expressing opinions, gerunds)
  • Do you like learning Polish?  (expressing opinions, ‘learn’, ‘be interested’, ‘be occupied’)
  • How to learn basic Polish independently

a2At A2 (pre- intermediate) level of Polish as a foreign language, a student can already communicate in simple situations related to everyday matters, such as work, school, entertainment, etc., requiring the exchange of short and clear information. We make sure that while studying at A2 level, the student is confident in their language skills and has no resistance to using them in everyday situations and events, and confidently uses their vocabulary and language phrases. The entire A2 level is planned for about 120 lesson hours of lessons. Therefore, for the convenience of our students, we divided it into 5 MODULES, 32 lesson hours each.

Commitment and motivation

The KLUB DIALOGU teaching staff uses proprietary methods in teaching Polish as a foreign language at A2 level. With patience, commitment and necessary qualifications, expanding knowledge and skills makes learning a pleasure. If you started learning basic Polish with us, not doubts, you are very well prepared to study at this level.

After completing A2 level of Polish as a foreign language, students will be able to:

  • Talk about yourself and others, about future plans, give advice;
  • Compare people, places, objects, information;
  • Draw conclusions and argue, interpret statistical data;
  • Express feelings, hopes, wishes, describe the pros and cons of people and places;
  • Speak about the family (family relationships, friendships etc.);
  • Understand headlines and short articles from newspapers and magazines;
  • Describe customs, culture and celebrations in Poland and other countries;
  • Review a book, magazine, art, film;
  • Express surprise, protest, opinion, approval and use idioms.

b1At B1 level (intermediate) of the Polish language for foreigners, student understands uncomplicated texts on a topic they know: work, education, entertainment, art, traveling, etc. They can deal with various situations that they encounters in everyday life, tell about events they witnessed, about their own experiences, dreams, hopes and ambitions and provide a short justification or explanation regarding the project or idea.

Polish for foreigners

The entire B1 level is scheduled for approximately 120 lesson hours. Therefore, for the convenience of our students, we divided it into 5 MODULES, 32 lesson hours each. After completing the Polish language course for foreigners at level B1, the student will have a wide range of knowledge, vocabulary and good grammar skills. They will easily communicate in Polish in everyday life as well as in professional or scientific life. They will be able to shape their speech using emotional means of expression, and will not have difficulty understanding the interlocutor’s expression, even in the case of a native speaker.

Practical learning of the Polish language

The teachers of KLUB DIALOGU school have extensive language and educational competences that allow them to transfer knowledge in a simple, accurate and accessible way. Individual approach and original learning model allow achieving excellent results. It is a practical preparation that ensures fluency in Polish.

Each module of the course at B1 level is a preparation stage for the State Examination for the Certificate of Polish as a foreign language. The modules develop and consolidate all language skills, such as writing, reading, speaking, listening comprehension and grammar.

Start Polish lessons for beginners, continue them at pre-intermediate level, polish your Polish at B1 and KLUB DIALOGU can guarantee your positive result at the State Exam.

b2At B2 (advanced) level of Polish as a foreign language, the student understands most of the instructions and longer texts on both specific and abstract problems, including specialist discussion on topics from their own professional area. They’re able to communicate freely with native speakers, construct a clear, detailed statement on various topics and express their point of view.

At C1 level of Polish as a foreign language, the student understands complex texts and is able to recognise hidden undertones. They can speak in a spontaneous and fluent way. They use complex grammatical structures for organisation and internal consistency of the text. The student reacts easily during conversation, understands messages and constructs their own forms of expression, presenting their views, opinions and comments. The student finds themselves in the discussion and freely speaks on all topics.

At level C2 of Polish as a foreign language, the student effortlessly understands both by listening and reading texts. They can summarise information from various sources and clearly present a problem, providing arguments. They can express themselves spontaneously and very fluently, accurately distinguishing the nuances of meaning even in more complex situations.

Polish for foreigners B2-C2

During the Polish language courses for foreigners at B2-C2 level, students use the acquired knowledge resources, rich vocabulary, both general, specialist and expert. They are constantly encouraged to conduct a free dialogue on both private, business and scientific topics. Students polish all language skills, such as fluent reading comprehension, writing, understanding authentic listening texts, and advanced grammar. All Polish language courses at KLUB DIALOGU (from basic Polish up to the advanced level) prepare our students for the State Certificate Exam.

Professional teaching staff

At KLUB DIALOGU school, Polish language courses for foreigners are conducted according to proprietary methods of teaching Polish as a foreign language by a group of qualified teachers, distinguished by high qualifications, an individual approach, unusual and interesting lesson ideas, broad general knowledge and motivating skills to learn.

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We teach Polish language basics for beginners up until advanced levels. Beginner Polish language courses help you to understand the concepts of Polish language and allow you to feel more comfortable in Poland. If you want to start to learn basic Polish join a course with us to give you a perfect starting point. Polish for beginners doesn’t have to be overwhelming.