12 great Polish posts for beginners!

Posted on 25. Jan, 2015 by in Grammar, Languages, Phrases, Polish Language

Here, at Transparent Language Polish blog site, I try to share with you all kinds of different informations about Poland and Polish language. I include current Polish news, grammar, useful phrases, songs, books, places to visit, where to eat, history…Today I put a list of 12 blogs, that I think will be super helpful to all beginners, and not only…

1. Any time you need help, just ask…simple…Kto pyta, nie błądzi (Who asks, does not wander). How can I help you? post will come pretty handy here:)

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Image by Erwan bazin on Flickr.com

2. Books, maps, magazines…all these will help you in learning a language. Use vocabulary you need while shopping Visit to a book store

3. Counting to 3 should me calming…So let’s count! Numbers

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Image by mrsdkrebs on Flickr.com

 

4. Most popular and useful Polish phrases – print them out and keep them on you….Useful Polish phrases

5. Can’t study with empty stomach…so let’s talk about food:) Śniadanie, Obiad, Kolacja Useful vocabulary, what Poles typically eat during the day…and much more!

 

 

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Image by Much Ramblings on Flickr.com

6. We don’t want to be late for school, work, date, meeting….Knowing time and date in Polish is really important! This post will definitely come in handy: Data i godzina

7. Family is important…Once you meet people speaking Polish…they want to get to know you. Describing  yourself, your life, your family may be very personal…but if you decide to do it, check out this blog: My Family – Moja Rodzina

8. So you are study and study…and people ask you: Why are you learning Polish? Well…I have an answer! Why learn Polish? Let’s see if you will persuade someone else to learn Polish!

9. Do you see the world in gray…or bright colors? I definitely like the bright ones! Check out Kolory tęczy and learn more about colors in Polish:)

10. Do you know your body? Here is a great lesson about naming your Body Parts

11. How to put a sentence together? Well,  that’s tricky…especially when you just starting to learn a new language. Read Word order in Polish grammar to get more comfortable:)

12. And finally, Valentines Day is just around the corner…so why not talk about Love? Love is in the air ♥ post will close the list of 12 most helpful blogs for all beginners in learning Polish language:) Good luck!

 

 

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Image by story astoria on Flickr.com

Do następnego razu… (Till next time…)

Tasty Polish coffee during long winter…

Posted on 19. Jan, 2015 by in cooking, Culture

Coffee is one of my favorite beverages! I love it any time and anywhere:) But of course, especially on a cold winter day….

Most Poles seem hooked on strong coffee and they cannot carry on without a cup a day, or two or more. Many still brew it the Polish way by putting a spoonful or two of ground coffee into a glass and filling the vessel up with boiling water. My aunt makes it super strong…Almost half of the glass/cup is a filled with coffee grounds!!!

The average Pole consumes about 107 litres of coffee per year, which gives the country the 12th position in Europe, according to a report by Euromonitor International. By 2015, the report puts Poland’s coffee market at as much as US$1.64 billion.

Poles drink a lot of instant coffee (kawa rozpuszczalna). One of the very popular brands of this type of coffee was always Inka (and I think it is still pretty easy to find). Inka is a Polish roasted grain beverage. Developed in the late 1960s during the communist era, Inka has been produced in Skawina since 1971, a centre of coffee production since the early 20th century. Currently it is manufactured by GRANA Sp. Z O.O. It is exported to Canada and the United States as Naturalis Inka in packaging reminiscent of that used in Poland in the early 1990s.

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Image by olo81 on Flickr.com

 

Poles love their strong black coffee known as czarna , literally the word for “black” or czarna kawa which, in its most extreme form, is equivalent to espresso. Coffee with milk is kawa z mlekiem.

If you would like to know how to order coffee in Polish, here is a helpful video:)

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Old towns in Poland have a lot of really nice and unique coffee shops:) Chain stores, like Coffee Heaven, iCoffee, Empik Cafes and the foreign entries Costa Coffee and Starbucks all offer a great experience as well… clean, uniform, and comfy business-like atmospheres supported by pretty good drip coffee and espresso. Lots of places play jazz music over their stereo but don’t offer any live music. All had free internet.

Do następnego razu… (Till next time…)

How to survive cold winter – useful Polish vocabulary

Posted on 08. Jan, 2015 by in Calendar, Grammar, Nature, Phrases, Safety, Vocabulary

Winter ( zima) is back, and it’s colder than ever. Coupled with snow (śnieg), dry air (suche powietrze), sickness (choroba), and everything else that comes with winter, it’s shaping up to be pretty rough. Here are different ways to keep yourself sane during this bleak season.

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Image by Mikael Colville-Andersen on Flickr.com

1. Stay active, even in the cold! Bądź aktywny, nawet na mrozie!

Most of us tend to hole ourselves up in the winter, which means lots more couch potato-ing—especially if you’re used to exercising outside. That means to stay fit and healthy, you should try twice as hard to stay active as you do during the summer. Luckily, you have a lot of options, from running (bieganie) to skiing (jazda na nartach) or even biking (jazda na rowerze). You can even keep exercising when you have a cold, though if your symptoms are below the neck, you should probably take a break:)

2. Drive safely in the snow! Jedź bezpiecznie po śniegu!

Snow may be pretty when it’s falling, but as soon as you have to drive somewhere, it becomes your worst enemy (wróg). Make sure your car is prepared for winter so you avoid any technical issues (problemy/usterki techniczne), then brush up on your winter driving skills. Know which streets are plowed (które ulice są odśnieżone), brake before you turn (zahamuj przed zakrętem), and keep a healthy amount of space between you and the car in front of you. You might want to stock your car with a few useful items too, like cooking spray for frozen doors, or kitty litter in case you get stuck (though floor mats may work in a pinch). Park facing east if you can to defrost your windshield, too.

3. Use your thermostat wisely! Korzystaj mądrze z termostatu!

You may be tempted to crank up the thermostat in the winter, but this can be costly—and unnecessarily so! A programmable (programowalny) thermostat can help a lot, but you can also drop your thermostat gradually to help you get used to slightly colder temperatures. If you’re in a hotel, this trick will help you override the thermostat’s built-in limits, too.

4. Prepare for storms! Przygotuj się do burzy śniegowej!

Every year it seems like there’s another “snowpocalypse” or “stormageddon” that’s going to bury us all until spring, but in reality, it’s usually just a few big snows every year. Still, you should be ready for anything, whether it’s something simple like a cancelled flight (odwołany lot) or something worse like losing power (utrata prądu) or getting snowed in entirely (być zasypanym w śniegu całkowicie). Put together an emergency kit for your home and your car, and keep everything well charged. If you do lose power, you can still stay productive—you just have to prepare for it.

5. Heat yourself instead of the entire house! Ogrzej siebie, zamiast całego domu!

Lastly, remember: heating yourself is more efficient than heating your entire home (especially if you live alone). Prepare your body for winter, seal off any unused rooms (uszczelnij niewykorzystane pokoje), and consider a space heater (grzejnik) to save a little on heating costs. It’s amazing what a good pair of socks or slippers (dobra para skarpetek czy kapci) will do.

Do następnego razu… (Till next time…)