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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.

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UNUSUAL EASTER 2022 IN POLISH

Easter – is the most important Christian holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, i.e. the victory of life over death. What an eloquent symbol in 2022, in the 21st century, when an unjust war is being waged in the center of Europe, in Ukraine. A war in which one Slavic and Christian state – Putin’s Russia, sheds the blood of its brother Slavs, Christians – Ukrainians.  

Yet although Poles do not experience hostility themselves, it is an extremely difficult experience for us. Being both Slavs and Christians, we consider freedom and peace to be the most important values ​​of the modern world. 

It is so difficult to concentrate on preparing for Easter now, knowing that millions of people have lost all their belongings, and often the roof over their heads. That is why we want to dedicate this time to our Ukrainian brothers and sisters, surrounding them with support, love, and whatever everyone can offer in their charity. 

Traditional Easter in Poland

In Poland, Easter consists of a number of events. You probably noticed on Sunday 10th April, many people were walking with green or coloured twigs in their hands. These are EASTER PALMS – a symbol of Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Let them, this year, be a symbol of the triumphant Ukrainian flag over a free Ukraine!

Saturday 16th April is a special time of blessing food in the church. On this day, Christians prepare baskets full of food. They include bread, cold cuts, eggs, salt, pepper, and cake. They also put a lamb in the basket made of bread or sugar. However, in each region of Poland, the decoration and composition of Easter baskets differ from each other.

Traditionally, we celebrate Easter on two days: Sunday and Monday. This year, when we sit down at the table, our thoughts will be directed to Ukraine, and our wishes have one word: FREEDOM.  

Holidays in the Orthodox rite, the religion of which are our Ukrainian brothers and sisters, will begin a week later. May it be a peaceful holiday, free from threats and fear for loved ones, in an independent country under the blue and yellow flag. 

Let this holiday be not only a triumph of life over death in a symbolic dimension, but also a victory of PEACE over WAR in the here and now! 

GROUP POLISH LANGUAGE COURSES
FOR FOREIGNERS

Are you looking for a Polish language course in small groups in the center of Warsaw? That’s worked out well! KLUB DIALOGU school organises such classes! Thanks to them, you will quickly break communication barriers. You will start to speak, write, and read Polish freely.

Come along!

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1. COMFORT OF POLISH LANGUAGE LEARNING

For your comfort, KLUB DIALOGU conducts Polish as a foreign language classes:

  • At school – in cheerful, air-conditioned classrooms
  • Online
  • Hybrid – this is the perfect solution when you cannot participate in classroom lessons due to travel or illness. Instead of losing your class – you can join your course online. Well-equipped rooms with the latest multimedia equipment, cameras, and microphones allow you to easily learn Polish from anywhere in the world.

2. ‘MADE TO MEASURE’ GROUP COURSE

What makes our group Polish courses so effective?

Firstly:

The entire Polish language learning program (levels: A0, A1, A2, B1) has been divided into smaller modules (from 1 to 17). Thanks to this method you will join the group at the most appropriate level.

Secondly:

A free language test is available on the website, which allows you to determine your level of proficiency in the Polish language. Thanks to this, you will find a course at the appropriate level and use your time effectively.

Thirdly:

Learning takes place in small groups. Polish language classes for foreigners start with a minimum of 5 people. The maximum is 8 people.

3. POLISH LANGUAGE GROUP COURSE ‘ROUND THE CLOCK’

We start group Polish language courses at all levels throughout the year. Don’t hesitate! Use your internal motivation and start your adventure with the Polish language right away.

4. WE TEACH IN THE CENTRE OF WARSAW OR ... WHEREVER CONVENIENT FOR YOU

Learning Polish as a foreign language in Warsaw has many advantages. The location is undoubtedly one of them! KLUB DIALOGU school is located in the very center of the city, so you can easily get to classes from anywhere. In addition, lessons can also take place outside the school, in a place chosen by the group: in a company or private place. Sounds good? Check courses for companies

5. WE INVITE FRIENDS TO LEARN TOGETHER

Invite your friends to learn Polish together! You will spend time together learning and motivating each other. And you will use the acquired skills after the lessons. Ask for a group course tailored to your needs!

GROUP POLISH LANGUAGE COURSES

MODULE 30 ACADEMIC HOURS (30X45 min.)
Standard AT SCHOOL (4 – 8 people) 749 zł / per person
Standard ONLINE (4 – 8 people) 729 zł / per person
Mini Group (2 – 3 people) 2.996 zł / per course

INDIVIDUAL POLISH LANGUAGE LESSONS
FOR FOREIGNERS

During individual Polish language lessons, the level of teaching, methodology and intensity of classes will be tailored to your needs. You can focus all your attention on learning new or repeating material that has already been processed. And the teacher has the chance to give you full feedback.

Individual Polish classes are a great opportunity to train useful skills such as listening comprehension, conversation, reading and writing correctly.

ADVANTAGES OF INDIVIDUAL POLISH LANGUAGE LESSONS

  • Individual Polish lessonsare the most effective method of learning. Thanks to them you can learn language rules and make the most progress quickly and efficiently.

 

  • You decide what topics you are interested in, for example: energy, cosmetology, maybe politics? And whether you want to strengthen your weaknesses (writing, grammar, conversations?). The teacher will tell you if you should take advantage of additional forms of learning, such as phonetic.

INDIVIDUAL POLISH LANGUAGE LEARNING - ADDITIONAL BENEFITS

  • Flexibility of classes – you decide which dates suit you best.

 

  • Correctly cancelled lessons are not lost! The only condition is that you inform the school of the cancellation by 16:00 the day before the meeting and arrange your next lesson to make up for it.

 

  • A trial lesson with a 10% discount! Would you like to first of all see if our teaching method is right for you, and your cooperation with the teacher is satisfying? Pay for one class only as a trial lesson and get 10% discount. Thanks to it you will learn about the specifics of learning in KLUB DIALOGU and you can make an informed decision.
lekcje indywidualne języka polskiego dla obcokrajowców

 

 

It’s best to see for yourself that individual Polish lessons are an investment that will definitely pay off.

You decide on the pace and time of your course.

INDIVIDUAL POLISH LANGUAGE COURSE

STANDARD AT SCHOOL

        1 class – 60 min.

1 class – 90 min.
1 class
package from 4 classes
                130 PLN      195 PLN
lekcje indywidualne języka polskiego dla obcokrajowców

 

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-lesson package must be used within 30 days.

30 DAYS AROUN POLISH

INTENSIVE
Course 30 classes

(30 x 60h)

                           3 300 PLN  (110 PLN per class)
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The individual online course gives the opportunity to learn Polish for people who, due to being out of Warsaw, cannot have 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.

Read more at ONLINE POLISH LANGUAGE COURSES

INDIVIDUAL POLISH LANGUAGE COURSE

ONLINE

        1 class – 60 min.

1 class – 90 min.
1 class
package from 4 classes
120 PLN 180 PLN

CHECK YOUR LEVEL
OF THE POLISH LANGUAGE

We know Polish is hard, that’s why we teach it!

So that we can make sure what level is right for you, please fill in this short registration form and you will be taken to our Polish language level test.

We will then contact you to give you your results and discuss all the suitable Polish courses we have available.

 

– Your Soul, your School. Polish. We make it possible! –