From reverie to celebration. Have you already experienced Polish holidays and parties celebrated in November and December?
November is behind us, which is considered by many Poles to be the bluest month. While it begins with reflection and memories (Day of the Dead), it ends mysteriously, magically, and joyfully.
‘Andrzejki’ – Polish fun for unmarried women
Andrzejki is a very popular holiday among Poles. In the past, on the night of November 29-30, on the eve of Saint Andrew the Apostle, unmarried girls did fortune-telling in the hope of finding or winning their beloved man. Today, anyone can do fortune-telling, and thanks to good fun, the tradition remains very much alive. Fortune telling can be made from cast wax into a bowl through a keyhole, shoes, cards, or everyday objects placed in a row.
The KLUB DIALOGU Polish School for Foreigners hosted a fantastic St. Andrew’s Day event for our students. The teachers in the role of fairies were just as great as during Polish language lessons. And some of the predictions came true 100%.
‘Barbórka’ – Polish feast of miners and steelworkers
Another important day in the Polish calendar is December 4. It is the day of Saint Barbara, the patron saint of miners. Barbórka is the feast of Saint Barbara, very grandly celebrated primarily in Silesia, where the largest number of mines are located.
Do you know the animated Polish fairy tale for children ‘Bolek and Lolek among the miners’? It’s a cult fairy tale, so it’s worth watching, although it doesn’t use Polish. We can deduce from it how important mining was to the Polish economy in the 1950s – 1980s, and the term “black gold” for coal remains to this day.
Motorsports enthusiasts probably know the ‘Barbórka Rally’, which ends the rally season. This year, the rally will be held for the 60th time! The schedule of the Warsaw races can be found HERE.
‘Mikołajki’ – this Polish holiday is awaited by both the young and old
Throughout the year, both the young and old wait for the arrival of Santa Claus during Christmas. In Poland, we have great news for all impatient people! On December 6th, we celebrate ‘mikołajki’! The custom itself has been known on Polish lands for a long time, and until the 19th century, December 6 was even a day off from work. Now, ‘mikołajki’ is most often celebrated in schools for children, community centres, but also in the KLUB DIALOGU Polish School for Foreigners. We give each other small gifts. This is great Polish fun, bringing a lot of joy.
New Year’s Eve (‘Sylwester’) is the inevitable end of the year
The year ends with ‘sylwester’! The last night of December took its name from the name day of New Year’s Eve and the liturgical memory of Pope Sylwester I. On this holiday in Poland, we want to close the calendar year without disputes and debts. How else can we bring happiness to the coming year? One way is not cleaning on December 31st. The reason is very simple – by sweeping dust, we can also sweep happiness! Air bubbles in a glass of champagne can also have a symbolic meaning – large, irregular, and chaotic ones mean many changes, small bubbles mean balance in personal life and good health. Certainly, each bubble is a representation of success in learning Polish 😊!
Language trivia – check if you know
Did you know that the names of Polish games, customs, and rituals are written with a small letter: andrzejki, mikołajki, sylwester (even if they come from the name – Andrzej, Mikołaj or Sylwester). Barbórka is a Polish holiday, which is why we write it with a capital letter.
The KLUB DIALOGU school, the WISŁA Cinema and the UW POLONICUM Centre
Warmly invite you to:
PFFF: Polish Films for Foreigners
PFFF is a unique meeting with Polish cinema. We select only those films that have received positive reviews from film critics, awards at festivals, and/or the status of a “cult film” in the eyes of Poles.
Meetings are held regularly, on the first Tuesday of each month. The screening of the film is preceded by a short presentation of the film, and afterwards, a discussion. Movies are shown with English subtitles.
Often, the SPECIAL GUESTS are the directors or actors of the film! PFFF meetings are a great opportunity to get to know Polish film productions, the Polish lifestyle and the mentality of Poles. Such knowledge will certainly facilitate your stay in Poland.
Join us! Come and have a nice evening!
When: every first Tuesday of each month
Where: WISŁA CINEMA, Plac Wilsona 2 (Żoliborz)
Time: 8:15 PM
Ticket price: 19 PLN
More information about the film and the possibility to buy a ticket online: CHECK
What have we prepared for the coming months?
10/01/2023 – Dangerous Men (2022), dir. Maciej Kawalski
7/02/2023 – The Elephant (2022), dir. Kamil Krawczycki – the film received the award for ‘Best Film in the Micro-Budget Films Competition’ at the 47th Polish Film Festival in Gdynia and for ‘Most Successful Debut’. An honest and brave film.
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!
At KLUB DIALOGU School, we offer Polish language courses for foreigners at all levels from the basics up to advanced, i.e. in accordance with ALTE guidelines from A0 to C1. In addition, we enrich our offer with exam preparation courses, and grammar and phonetic lessons (check SPECIALISED COURSES). How to speak Polish fast? Feel free to contact us to learn more about the options available. We encourage you to complete a free language competence test (CHECK YOUR LEVEL) and to arrange a casual conversation. SELECT A GROUP COURSE FOR YOURSELF. We warmly invite you!
Do you ponder how to learn Polish quickly? Individual Polish language lessons at KLUB DIALOGU School in Warsaw are the most effective and beneficial way to learn Polish as a foreign language, and thanks to its personalized form you can adjust them to your needs. Please have a look below for more information.
Place: chosen by you Time: suitable for your daily routine Intensity: adjusted to your needs
Please also note:
Prior to the first Polish lesson of your course, please take a placement test. It will allow us to precisely verify your command of the Polish language and choose appropriate teaching methods. All levels from basic/beginner to advanced are available.
You have the right to cancel your lesson or reschedule it free of charge before 4 pm the day before the class.
Each individual course’s module must be used within 6 months from the date of purchase.
KLUB DIALOGU School offers the following options:
Individual, standard Polish course – these are individual Polish lessons during which the level of teaching, methodology and intensity of classes will be tailored to your needs, and the teacher has the chance to give you full feedback. Courses in the 1:1 format are a great opportunity to train useful skills such as listening comprehension, conversation, reading and writing correctly.
Intensive, individual course – The 30 Days Around Polish Program – It’s a choice for those who need a faster learning pace and expect faster progress, as well as new Polish skills. During the classes, the teacher will pass on a lot of knowledge! The 30- Polish lesson package must be used within 30 days.
Individual online course– gives the opportunity to learn Polish for people who, due to being out of Warsaw, cannot have Polish language lessons directly with a teacher. It’s also a great option for those who travel a lot and don’t want to cancel organised classes.
Do you dream of learning Polish? Are you looking for a Polish language course that would take place in small groups in the centre of Warsaw? Great! KLUB DIALOGU organises such classes! Thanks to our lessons, we quickly break down communication barriers, and the student begins to freely speak, write and read Polish.
KLUB DIALOGU Polish Language School for Foreigners offers group courses in two variants:
Standard – lessons are held in small groups of 4 to 8 people
Mini-group – lessons organised for 2 to 3 people
Regardless of the way of learning Polish, these are unforgettable Polish classes that:
they effectively influence the learning process through the company of other students who motivate each other to learn;
allow you to make new friends with people from Poland and around the world;
with their extensive program they will familiarise you with the culture and way of life of Poles.
At KLUB DIALOGU, during Polish as foreign language courses we apply the highest teaching standards, enriching our lessons with additional materials, educational games, audio and video.
ONE YEAR PROGRAM – is the perfect Polish language course for foreigners who apply for a visa or a Residence Card. The standard PROGRAM includes 90 group Polish lessons (45 min.) to be taken during the year. ‘What should I do to become a program participant?’ It’s easy!
We recommend that you first find out at the Polish embassy in your country what the minimum number of hours of learning Polish is to apply for a student visa.
Then contact the school office informing about your willingness to join the PROGRAM.
Before issuing the documents, the course fee is required in one installment.
After receiving the funds in the School’s bank account, we will issue a relevant CONFIRMATION of participation in the PROGRAM. Please note that a CONFIRMATION letter may help, but does not guarantee that you will receive a visa (Residence Card).
Every year, during the summer months (June – August), we open special Polish courses for foreigners to learn our language in a regular and more intensive way. Each year these classes are popular and always bring good feedback. This is due to the effective language learning combined with fun, creative materials and unforgettable cultural and social events. During lessons at KLUB DIALOGU Polish Language School there are no dry, boring theory – here, a foreigner will find practical rules governing the Polish language and will practice them right away. Students learn the vocabulary that will be needed the most, and at the same time adapt to the level of advancement. Communication (dialogue) is the most important value for us.
We offer summer courses at basic (A0), beginner (A1), and intermediate (A2) levels and conversations.
After summer courses you can confirm your Polish knowledge with the B1 certificate. KLUB DIALOGU is a Center for B1 Certificate Exam.
Find your best way to learn Polish. Learning Polish Language at KLUB DIALOGU School is fun and adventure. Join us today, and become a part of the KLUB DIALOGU Team.
Want to take a Polish course? We have Polish courses in Warsaw on all levels and something suitable for everyone. A Polish language course can really help you manage in all situations in everyday life in Poland. See for yourself on a Polish language course for foreigners that we make learning Polish exciting as well as boosting your knowledge so you can live comfortably in Poland.
At KLUB DIALOGU we provide Polish lessons in Warsaw. Polish lessons for foreigners are an ideal way to show foreigners our culture and of course, our language! If you are interested in Polish language lessons, get in touch with us and have your first Polish lesson.