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PRACTISE POLISH WITH A SONG – VERB CONJUGATION

PRACTISE POLISH WITH A SONG – VERB CONJUGATION

Learning grammar doesn’t have to be boring! Are you, like me, a fan of The Lion King (Kr贸l Lew)? 馃檪 Listen to the Polish version of one of the songs from the film and practise Polish verb conjugation. Below the exercise you will find a list of the verbs from the song and their conjugation types. Good luck!

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Verbs from the song:
przychodzi膰 (-臋, -isz) – to come
posy艂a膰 (-m, -sz) – to send
spe艂nia膰 si臋 (-m, -sz) – to be fulfilled, to come true
czu膰 (czuj-臋, czuj-esz) – to feel
przybywa膰 (-m, -sz) – to come (used mostly in literature and poetry)
wiedzie膰 (wie-m, wie-sz) – to know
wirowa膰 (wiruj-臋, wiruj-esz) – to spin
mie膰 (ma-m, ma-sz) – to have
odnajdowa膰 (odnajduj-臋, odnajduj-esz)/forma perfective odnale藕膰 – to find, to rediscover
trwa膰 (-m, -sz) – to last

 

Interesting fact!
In the lyrics you can find the word swe which is a version of the posessive pronoun swoje. Feminine and neuter pronouns: moja/moje, twoja/twoje and swoja/swoje have shorter versions ma/me, twa/twe, swa/swe which are used in very formal texts or poetry.

 

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Wielkanocne Tradycje – Vocabulary

Wielkanocne Tradycje – Vocabulary

In Poland Easter (Wielkanoc) is a time full of unique rituals, traditions and delicious food. How well do you know them? Complete the exercises and learn useful vocabulary.

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DO YOU KNOW THOSE POLISH PHRASES? – QUIZ

DO YOU KNOW THOSE POLISH PHRASES? – QUIZ

Do you know how to say ‘hello’ in Polish? How would you respond if someone says Mi艂ego weekendu? Take the quiz and check how well you know (or learn) common Polish phrases!

At the end of the post you will find a pdf with extra tips how to use the phrases from the exercise.

Phrases from the quiz

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BOISKO, PI艁KARZ, BRAMKA – LET’S LEARN FOOTBALL VOCABULARY

BOISKO, PI艁KARZ, BRAMKA – LET’S LEARN FOOTBALL VOCABULARY

World Cup has begun! Over next few weeks football will be the number one topic to discuss. Can you talk about football in Polish? Learn some useful vocabulary and surprise your Polish friends!

 

basic polish football vocabulary

 

advanced vocabulary

pi艂ka no偶na – vocabulary

 

let’s practise

if the exercises don’t work, you might find them here: exercise 1 and exercise 2

 

Learn more Polish sport vocabulary here!

 

CHODZI膯 SPA膯 Z KURAMI, MIE膯 MUCHY W NOSIE – POLISH IDIOMS THAT WILL MAKE YOU LAUGH

CHODZI膯 SPA膯 Z KURAMI, MIE膯 MUCHY W NOSIE – POLISH IDIOMS THAT WILL MAKE YOU LAUGH

What I like the most about teaching Polish is that it makes me look at the language from a different perspective and very often I get amazed how complex, difficult or funny it is. When I started to think about some Polish idioms and their literal meaning, I found some of them simply hilarious! I’ve decided to choose few (in my opinion the funniest onces) and share them with you. Enjoy. 馃檪

Chodzi膰 spa膰 z kurami

(lit. to go to sleep with chickens) to go to sleep very early

Wieczorem zwykle czytam ksi膮偶k臋 albo ogl膮dam film sama, bo m贸j m膮偶 chodzi spa膰 z kurami.

Pisa膰 jak kura pazurem.

(lit. to write like a hen with its claw) to have a very bad handwriting

Nie mog臋 tego przeczyta膰, piszesz jak kura pazurem!

Pokaza膰, gdzie raki zimuj膮聽

(lit. to show where crayfishes spend winter) to teach someone a lesson, to take a revenge on someone

My艣li, 偶e uda艂o mu si臋 mnie oszuka膰. Ja mu jeszcze poka偶臋, gdzie raki zimuj膮.

S艂o艅 nadepn膮艂 na ucho

(lit. elephant stepped on your ear) to not be good at music

Naprawd臋 uwa偶asz, 偶e ona dobrze 艣piewa? Chyba Ci s艂o艅 na ucho nadepn膮艂!

Spoci膰 si臋 jak mysz w po艂ogu

(lit. to get sweaty like a mouse giving a birth) to be very sweaty

Ale tu gor膮co! Spoci艂em si臋 jak mysz w po艂ogu.

P贸j艣膰 jak dzik w 偶o艂臋dzie

(lit. to go like a boar into acorns) to go/run very fast and enthusiasticly

Kiedy tylko zobaczy艂a w sklepie t臋 czerwon膮 sukienk臋, posz艂a jak dzik w 偶o艂臋dzie!

Odwraca膰 kota ogonem

(lit. to turn the cat with its tail/ to turn the cat with its tail front) to twist things, to humbug

Nie odwracaj kota ogonem, wszyscy wiemy, co si臋 wydarzy艂o.

 

biega膰 jak kot z p臋cherzem

(lit. to run like a cat with a bladder) to run/ walk around impatiently and nervously

Przesta艅 biega膰 jak kot z p臋cherzem! Nasz samolot jest dopiero za 4 godziny, mamy du偶o czasu!

tyle, co kot nap艂aka艂

(lit. as much as a cat cried out) a little, almost nothing

Mia艂e艣 tyle plan贸w, a zrobi艂e艣 tyle, co kot nap艂aka艂!

Mie膰 muchy w nosie

(lit. to have flies in your nose) to be moody, displeased

Od聽 rana masz muchy w nosie, wszystko ci臋 irytuje!

Wystroi膰 si臋 jak szczur na otwarcie kana艂u

(to frock up like a rat for opening of a canal) to overdress

Idziemy tylko do kina, a ty wystroi艂a艣 si臋 jak szczur na otwarcie kana艂u!

聽What about your language? What are the funniest idioms in your native language? Share them in the comments.

More interesting Polish idioms you may find here.

SPORT PO POLSKU – FLASHCARDS

SPORT PO POLSKU – FLASHCARDS

Sport is one of the top topic to discuss in Poland, I’m sure you’ve noticed that already. 馃檪 We all love football and volleyball and over the winter season we support our ski jumpers. Do you know how to talk about sport in Polish? Check the flashcards below and learn some useful vocabulary!

 

Flashcards

 

SW脫J, SWOJA, SWOJE – REFLEXIVE POSSESSIVE PRONOUN

SW脫J, SWOJA, SWOJE – REFLEXIVE POSSESSIVE PRONOUN

Next to the possessive pronouns like m贸j, tw贸j, jego, nasz in Polish exists a reflexive possessive pronoun ‘sw贸j’. Have you ever come across it? Do you know how to use it?

The pronoun ‘sw贸j’ is used in sentences when subject of the sentence and possessor are the same. Compare the sentences below:
Masz m贸j telefon (subject – ty, possessor – ja) ale Mam sw贸j telefon. (subject and possesor – ja)
Mam twoje ciasto. (subject – ja, possessor – ty) ale Masz swoje ciastko. (subject and possesor – ty)
Mam jego ksi膮偶k臋 (subject – ja, possessor – on) ale On ma swoj膮 ksi膮偶k臋. (subject and possesor – on)
Macie nasz samoch贸d (subject – wy, possessor – my) ale Mamy sw贸j samoch贸d. (subject and possesor – my)
Mam wasz膮 sof臋 (subject – ja, possessor – wy) ale Macie swoj膮 sof臋. (subject and possesor – wy)
Mam ich kota. (subject – ja, possessor – oni) Oni maj膮 swojego kota. (subject and possesor – oni)

As you may notice the pronoun sw贸j has three froms, depends on the gender (sw贸j, swoja, swoje), and declines the same way as pronouns m贸j or tw贸j.

 

LET’S PRACTICE

You know the theory already, complete the exercise below and find out if you know how to use the pronoun in practise. Powodzenia!

 

 

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EJ!, AHA!, NO!, CIIII! – POLISH INTERJECTIONS

EJ!, AHA!, NO!, CIIII! – POLISH INTERJECTIONS

Spontaneous conversation in any language is full of emotionally marked words, phrases or sounds. Interjections, which聽usually have no lexical meaning, help us to express excitement or other strong feelings.

Below you may find popular Polish interjections. Have you ever heard any of those? Was it easy to guess the meaning? Do they sound similar to the interjections in your native language or other languages you know?

 

 

let’s practice

 

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“HEJ KOL臉DA, KOL臉DA!” – LET’S SING POLISH CAROLS

“HEJ KOL臉DA, KOL臉DA!” – LET’S SING POLISH CAROLS

Just one week left until Christmas. On the radio we hear Christmas songs and carols. Do you know any in Polish? If not, here’s something for you!

Complete the exercises and practice your listening skills by listening to the Polish carols.

 

cicha noc

link to the exercise

 

p贸jd藕my wszyscy do stajenki

link to the exercise

 

gdy si臋 chrystus rodzi

link to the exercise