How to teach children Polish

50 WAYS TO TEACH CHILDREN POLISH

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1 Get fairy tales and storybooks in Polish on Amazon or from your local library or from here.

Children love shared reading time and regardless of language acquisition they will always remember the time they spent with you reading books.Try to find books with good illustrations. Look at the pictures with your child, point to things they already know in Polish.

As you come across new words ask the child what they think it is. If it is illustrated, have them point it out on the page.Use different voices for different characters.If your child has a favorite Polish story encourage him/her to play different characters making up the words from memory. Help your child to use his/her imagination to change the story or change the ending.

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2 Use puppets or turn your child’s favorite plush toy into a puppet that talks in Polish

Kids love puppets and puppet play is great for motor skills. You can tell much loved stories through puppet play, either using the whole body or make a puppet theatre from a box and use hand or finger puppets. Finger puppets are also fun when singing songs.

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3 Go to the zoo and call the name of the animals together in Polish

If you have any, look at some animal books together, then go to the zoo for the day. Ask your child the names of the animals he/she has learned and point out the new ones. This is a great place to add in adjectives and colours. When you come home, encourage your child to draw pictures of what he/she saw and talk about them together using Polish.

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4 Play hide and seek by counting in Polish

Hide and seek is a great game for practicing numbers. You could start with 1 to 10 and gradually increase. When your child knows them well you could count down backwards. When ‘seeking’ your child it’s a good opportunity to repeat words without it sounding repetitive.

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5 Play board games in Polish e.g.: snakes and ladders, board games, family games

Dice games are always good for counting and also simple addition. Board games played with the whole family can be a time for relaxed learning. Just playing a simple board game such as snakes and ladders teaches a young child so much more than just language. They also learn rules of play, understanding goals and of course, that family games equal FUN!

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6 Play games by using flashcard games e.g.: Go fish, memory game

Flashcards are one of your most valuable resources in teaching language to young children. With multiples of the same cards you can play well-known games such as Go Fish or the ‘memory game’.

Very small children may struggle to hold too many cards, so play games that have the child match one card to another. Match a sound with a picture, or two cards that have the same sound, or two pictures that match, any way you choose.

Lay cards out on the floor or table and have your child touch the card as you call out words/sounds. Encourage your child to be the caller and you touch the cards. Keep it playful and fun.

 

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7 Have a progress chart that tracks the words and phrases your child mastered

A simple progress chart teaches your child clear goals and kids love stickers. Let your child know when he/she is approaching a goal, make a big deal of reaching the goals, be excited to getting the stickers out. Praise him/her for their achievement with a ‘great job’, a hug or a ‘high five’ (or all three).

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8 Listen to children’s songs in Polish together or reward your child for memorizing a short one

Listen to children’s songs in the 2nd language whenever and wherever you can. Keep CDs in the car or put a CD on quietly in the background when you are doing something else. Add actions to the songs, this helps kids remember the words. If it suits your child’s personality, encourage them to ‘perform’ songs for you. You could have a special ‘song night’.

Here is a playlist of Polish children’s songs

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9 Listen to pop songs in Polish together or reward your child for memorizing a short one

Teach your child some catchy pop songs that you both like. Something with suitable lyrics and a good chorus are easiest to remember. Sing it around the house as you do other things, when your child tries to join in, model the language and encourage them to sing with you.

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10 Find cartoons in the 2nd language on Youtube or Amazon

Cartoons are a great way to engage kids in the 2nd language. Kids can figure out the story visually without worrying about not understanding every word. It’s easy to buy DVDs from Amazon in almost any language or, alternatively, look for them on YouTube. Let your child guide you to which cartoons they like best. Watch them together and you will know which language to reinforce.

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11 Have an annual/monthly goal check list

Make a checklist of goals or ideas of where you want to be with the language learning over a year. Break it down into monthly mini-goals.

It will be help you stay focused on where you are going and also a great way to look back and see how far you and your child have come.

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12 Create youtube playlists or find playlists suitable for your child’s level

YouTube is a super resource. You can create playlists of Polish teaching videos, these days people post from all over the world.

They might be short tutorials, or craft ideas you can incorporate into your language learning, or children’s songs you can sing together. Look for playlists already put together by others with the same goal.

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13 Join online support groups (forums, facebook pages, twitter lists, multicultural blog groups etc.)

Join some online groups to exchange ideas and information. Support is invaluable too. Teaching Polish can hit some hurdles, it is important to be able to connect with people who are having the same difficulties or have successfully navigated these hurdles. Facebook and Twitter are great for immediate connections. Online chat groups or forums can give you a sense of community and common goals.

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14 Visit the website of Poland’s ministry of culture

Have a look at the website and find interesting information about Poland. Read about traditional food, dances and costumes. Look at statistics such as population. Find some fun facts about the climate, holidays and customs. Talk about them with your child and follow their lead on which parts they are interested in. You can also get all this information and more here

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15 Go to public libraries and check all the available resources in Polish

Libraries are an excellent resource. If they don’t have things things in Polish ask the librarian if it is possible to order them. Also check out the noticeboard and see if there are any kids groups speaking Polish in the area. You might make some new friends too.

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16 Make use of language learning DVDs for kids

Language DVDs come handy , especially fro busy parents, as they repeat useful words and phrases in a fun and interesting way Check them out, Look for something that is specifically for kids, that uses games and songs and has well-structured levels.

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17 Play CDs when driving your child to school

Always play CDs in Polish when you are in the car. It could be songs or a kids’ language learning CD, whatever your child likes. Do it consistently so your child comes to expect the 2nd language in the car.

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18 Play streaming radio in the background at home or make use of Spotify, Lastfm, etc.

Nowadays, there are a lot of resources that help you play streaming radio through personal electronic devices and laptops, etc. All you need is tuning into one of the local radio stations and have the radio or the song list play in the background all day long. Even if your child does not understand what has been spoken or the lyrics of the songs he/she will get used to the new sounds and intonation patterns.

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19 Make use of worksheets for beginners

There are a great many websites offering worksheets for beginners. Many are free and some you can pay monthly or a yearly fee. Kids love worksheets. Some may be simple coloring sheets (kids LOVE coloring), or sheets that help fine motor skills through pencil manipulation. Buy some stickers and put one on each sheet your child completes.

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20 Make use of Flashcards

There is no end to the fun to be had from playing games with flashcards even if you child is still too young to play a game that has structure and rules. You can make your own ‘games’ call out a card, have your child touch it/pick it up. ‘Hide’ the cards around the room and have your child find them and say what they are etc.

You can also put the flashcards up around the room. Change them each week in categories (animals/flowers/ fruit/etc. Look at them and say them often with your child. Ask them, “What’s this? / What’s that?”

Put them on your fridge with magnets or let your child do this.You call out the words and have them put them on.

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21 Get a picture dictionary to get started

A Children’s picture dictionary is a wonderful resource. Follow your child’s curiosity with it. Let him/her choose what he/she wants to know on any given day. Ask him/her more information about the words they do know. “What color is it?” “ Is it big or small? “ “Where does it live?” “What does it do?”

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22 Consider getting an alphabet book

Introduce your child to the shapes of letters with a simple alphabet book. This is especially useful if the Polish alphabet is different to that of the 1st language. For young learners, get a very simple, ‘starter’ book, also great for fine motor skills and pencil control.

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23 Think about kinesthetic learning (learning by doing). Coloring books, sketchbooks or DVDs that children watch and dance are great!

The research is in that kids learn best by doing (don’t we all?).

Anything that gets kids moving their bodies or their hands helps them to learn. Watch DVDs together, make up dances, put on ‘shows’, even dress up. Encourage your child’s inner artist with a sketchbook. Color, paint, draw, and talk about the colors and your child’s pictures in the 2nd language. Coloring in pictures is a very relaxing activity (you should do it too!) Kids tend to be very relaxed when they are coloring, a good time to make some general chitchat in Polish.

Mix paints and talk in Polish about how colors are made.

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24 Consider getting a reading pen

The very latest translation tool. A ‘reading pen’ scans and translates. The translated text appears on a small screen on the pen and can also provide audio pronunciation of words or full sentences.

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25 Find some talking or singing plush toys

There are so many talking toys on the market these days. Try one that says greetings in Polish (or multiple languages) or one that sings traditional songs/nursery rhymes from Poland.

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26 Make use of culture books prepared for little kids

Ready made ‘culture books’ are great for learning about different countries. Read them together, ask questions and encourage your child to ask lots of questions too. After reading one, you could make a simple one together using pictures from magazines, or encourage your child to draw pictures too. Gather information together at the library or from the internet.

27 Decorate your child’s room with learning posters (colors, numbers) or pictures from Poland (flag, the cities, etc.)

Get some large colorful posters to decorate your child’s room or the learning space you use. Point things out and ask questions, swap roles and have your child ask the questions too, this also helps model the pronunciation. Ask which is your child’s favorite poster and why?

Follow their lead on the things that interest them.

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28 Follow a simple syllabus prepared for kids

Use the simple syllabus prepared in your language learning system or make one yourself. Let your child know what it is so he/she can see what they will be doing. Children tend to do better when they know what is coming and what is expected of them.

29 Use stickers as rewards (stickers that say congratulations, wonderful, etc. in the 2nd language)

Kids love stickers! Use them liberally. Take praising your child as an opportunity to use the 2nd language. If you can find stickers with words of praise in the 2nd language use those and repeat the words a lot. Use a couple of words at first and add more as your child knows them.

30 Get some printed items related to the 2nd language: T-shirts, mugs, children’s silverware, etc.

If you have the opportunity to visit the 2nd language country buy goods with the language on. T-shirts, mugs and pens are useful as well as educational. Look for postcards, posters or bumper stickers with popular expressions on. Post these around your house.

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31 Arrange play dates or playgroups with other parents who want to teach their children Polish.

Try to find other parents encouraging their children to learn Polish, arrange to play together, go on picnics to the park or take a trip to a zoo or aquarium, great places to practice the language. Making new friends is of great benefit to you too!

 

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32 Video chat with friends and relatives who have a child that speaks Polish

Encourage video chat with other children you know, that speak Polish. It’s easy using Skype or Google Hangouts or something similar. Be nearby to help the conversation along. Be encouraging and resist the temptation to correct your child’s mistakes.

 

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33 Invite Grandma and Grandpa (who can speak Polish) to stay over

Spending time with grandparents is valuable to all parties anyway but spending time with grandparents who speak Polish is great for strengthening bonds and hearing natural language. Your child will come to associate Polish with feelings of love and security.

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34 Hire a short-term or full time nanny or caregiver that speaks Polish

If it is possible, consider hiring a nanny/caregiver/babysitter who speaks Polish. Even a few hours per week would make a difference (and give you a little free time!).

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35 Cook Polish recipes together with your child

Kids always want to be a ‘little helper’ in the kitchen. Cook some simple dishes from Poland together. Us the 2nd language for instructions, wash, cut, wipe, mix…. Name the ingredients in a natural way as you cook. Here are some Polish recipes

36 Go to community centers, cultural centers and temples with your child

Local places of interest are stimulating for your child and cultural centers often have exhibitions or music/dance performances. Look out for anything from Poland. Community centers are a great place to meet people, look at notice boards for anything from people interested or connected in some way to, Polish. You could even offer to do something yourself, give a talk about the country or a traditional dance etc.

37 Visit Polish supermarkets and Polish restaurants with your child

Go around a Polish supermarket and point out the foods from Poland. If your child is unfamiliar with them, ask questions. “How do you think it tastes?” “ Do you think this is hard/soft/crunchy/sweet/etc.?” If possible eat in ethnic restaurants. Talk about the food, how it is prepared, where it comes from.

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38 Have a word of the day activity

Pick a ‘word of the day’, you or your child could choose it, or have your child pick it at random from a pile of word cards. If the word is a noun, look for it around the house and when you go outside. Talk about where it might be found. If it is a verb, find ways to do the action either really or mime it, see if you can spot other people doing it? Or use adverbs and spend some time doing everything in the manner of the adverb, slowly/quickly/happily/etc.

39 Play Polish online language games (memory, click&tell, etc.) with your child

There are plenty of free online interactive language games for children. Find one that appeals to your child and encourage them to do a little every day. You can check out 3 different kinds of free Polish online language learning games here

 

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40 Try Skype lessons for children (may not be advised for infants and toddlers)

Many teachers are offering language lessons via Skype. Ask around and see if anyone can recommend a teacher to you. Sit in on the lesson too so you know what language to reinforce between lessons.

 

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41 Read bedtime stories in Polish to your child

Books, books, books. Kids love books and stories. Read stories in Polish before bed. Often when kids have heard a favorite story many times they know the words. Encourage your child to help tell the story.

42 Play Polish children’s games

Many children’s games are the same the world over, play kids games your child already knows in their 1st language but play it in the 2nd language. Paper, rock, scissors has many variations; play it in the 2nd language. Hopscotch, skipping games, clapping games etc. can all be played in any language. For more ideas have a look at the games in the different ‘countries and cultures’ at Dino Lingo (to the right of this post).

43 Get comic books & children’s magazines from Poland

Ask if a friend or relative overseas can send you comics or children’s magazines in Polish. Children’s magazines usually have lots of fun facts in them that you can talk about and further research. They also have quizzes and puzzles that are lots of fun to do.

44 Go to a national parade of the target culture

You could try to find where there is a large community of people from the target culture. They will no doubt have special events to celebrate the holidays of their country of origin. Take your child to their parades and festivals.

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45 Have a personalized notebook specially used for learning the2nd language(Don’t forget to use it to have your child draw whatever you say in the 2nd language

Let your child choose the notebook at the shop and decorate it anyway they want to make it special. Say words in Polish and have them draw pictures, or even write the word or the first letter, depending on what level they are at. Go back over the pictures every few days. Talk about the pictures and praise your child’s drawing skills.

46 Do local crafts

If you are a native speaker of Polish think about the crafts you did as a child and do them with your child (think also about how happy you were doing this activity with your own mother/father or your friends). Don’t worry if you have forgotten how, look on the Internet to refresh your memory. Perhaps you could send something your child makes to grandparents or relatives overseas.

47 Use chatting apps (WhatsApp, Line, etc.) to talk with friends and family who have same-aged children

Chatting apps are mobile and easy to use. Chat with friends in the 2nd who have children about the same age. Encourage your child to chat with them and their kids too. Ask their kids about themselves, their day etc. and encourage your child to talk about themselves.

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48 Sing lullabies in the 2nd language to put your baby asleep

Lullabies are so soothing for baby and parent. Sing some Polish lullabies to help your baby sleep. You can buy wind-up crib music at a baby store. Play the music and sing in the Polish. Establish is as a routine and enjoy the time holding your baby and knowing you are soothing him/her.

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49 Consider homeschooling by getting an online curriculum

More and more people are turning to homeschooling these days and there are plenty of resources online. Do some research and find something that suits you and your child. Depending on the school hours where you live, it may be possible for your child to attend the local school and follow a homeschooling curriculum.

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50 Send your child to a summer camp where he/she can study Polish in a short time.

Summer camp is a great experience for children. It is often their first extended time away from home and a chance to make lots of new friends and try a variety of activities for the first time. ‘Language’ camps for kids usually incorporate study with lots of games/crafts/activities related to the 2nd language culture. Look online or on the notice board in community centers and other public buildings.

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False Friends

What an unbelievable coincidence!

Not only do Poland and Indonesia have exactly the opposite meaning for this word, their flags are opposites as well!

Words in different languages that look or sound similar but differ significantly in meaning are called “false friends.” Words like these can lead to miscommunications with speakers of other languages that are weird, confusing, and hilarious.

The Spanish word embarazada is another good example of a false friend.  Embarazada sounds very close to the English word embarrassed, but actually means pregnant. Many Spanish students will come across this “friend” at some point. Even professionals can miss it sometimes-  this mistake was made by a pen company whose Spanish advertisements for ballpoint pens translated to: “It won’t leak in your pocket and make you pregnant.”

German and English in particular have a ton of language frienemies to watch out for.

Several English words with very different German meanings:

bald - soon

herb - bitter, harsh;

fast- almost

Mist - dung

Gift - poison

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Polish Songs for Children – Polish Culture for kids

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1. STO LAT

Sto lat, sto lat, niech zyje, zyje nam

Sto lat, sto lat, niech zyje, zyje nam

Jeszcze raz, jeszcze raz niech zyje, zyje nam

Niech zyje nam! /2x/

2. PLUSZOWE NIEDŹWIADKI

Raz uciekły z pozłacanej klatki

Cztery małe, pluszowe niedźwiadki,

Jeden łkał, wracać chciał,

Do ciemnego lasu wejść się bał.

Mały miś, do lasu bał się iść,

Ze strachu drżał jak liść, pluszowy miś.

Ciemny las, tam wilki zjedzą nas,

Wracajmy bracia wraz, dopóki czas!

Nie bój się wilki nie zjedzą cię!

Będziemy bronić się, nie damy się!

Śmiało w przód, po słodki, wonny miód,

Jagody, istny cud, użyjem w bród!

Trzy niedźwiadki, rety, co za heca,

Babę Jagę wsadziły do pieca,

Teraz wieść muszą nieść,

Już nie będzie Baba Jaga dzieci jeść.

Mały miś, do lasu bał się iść,

Ze strachu drżał jak liść, pluszowy miś.

Ciemny las, tam wilki zjedzą nas,

Wracajmy bracia wraz, dopóki czas!

Nie bój się wilki nie zjedzą cię!

Będziemy bronić się, nie damy się!

Śmiało w przód, po słodki, wonny miód,

Jagody, istny cud, użyjem w bród!

3. RUDY RYDZ

Byl sobie las, zielony las,

a w lesie jakby nigdy nic

W zielonej chustce, na jednej nozce,

stal sobie rudy rydz

Rudy, rudy, rudy rydz, jaka piekna sztuka

Rudy, rudy, rudy rydz, a ja rydzow szukam

O rudy, rudy, rudy rydz,mam na rydza smaczek

Rudy, rudy, rudy rydz, lepszy niz maslaczek

O gdyby chcial i gdyby tak

zerwac sie dal, o Boze

Lecz na to rydz nie mowi nic,

bo mowic wszak nie moze

O rudy, rudy, rudy rydz,

tylko spuszcza oczy

Rudy, rudy, rudy rydz,

gniewa sie i boczy

Rudy, rudy, rudy rydz,

boi sie nozyka

Rudy, rudy, rudy rydz,

nie chce do koszyka

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Przez caly czas zielony las,

cos plecie wiatrem trzy po trzy

I nawet nie wie, ze gdzies pod drzewem,

samotny rydzyk spi

O rudy, rudy, rudy rydz, tylko spuszcza oczy

Rudy, rudy, rudy rydz, gniewa sie i boczy

Rudy, rudy, rudy rydz, boi sie nozyka

Rudy, rudy, rudy rydz, nie chce do koszyka

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rudy, rudy, rudy rydz, juz go nie uprosze

Rudy, rudy, rudy rydz, chyba pojde z koszem

Rudy, rudy, rudy rydz, prozne z nim pogwarki

No to, no to, no to nic, pojde na pieczarki

pojde na pieczarki

pojde na pieczarki

4. LATO, LATO

Już za parę dni, za dni parę,

Weźmiesz plecak swój i gitarę,

Pożegnania kilka słów,

Pitagoras, bądźcie zdrów,

Do widzenia wam, canto cantare.

Lato, lato, lato czeka,

Razem z latem czeka rzeka,

Razem z rzeką czeka las,

A tam ciągle nie ma nas.

Lato, lato, nie płacz czasem,

Czekaj z rzeką, czekaj z lasem,

W lesie schowaj dla nas chłodny cień,

Przyjedziemy lada dzień.

Już za parę chwil, godzin parę,

Weźmiesz rower swój no i dalej,

Polskę całą zwiedzisz wszerz,

Trochę rybek złowisz też,

Nie przejmując się niczym wcale.

Lato, lato mieszka w drzewach,

Lato, lato, w ptakach śpiewa,

W słońcu każe okryć twarz,

Lato, lato jak się masz.

Lato, lato dam ci różę,

Lato, lato, zostań dłużej,

Zamiast się po krajach włóczyć stu,

Lato, lato zostań tu.

5. JADĄ MISIE

Jadą, jadą misie, tra la la la la,

Śmieją im się pysie, cha cha cha cha cha,

Zajechały do lasu, narobiły hałasu,

Zajechały do boru, narobiły rumoru.

Jadą, jadą misie, tra la la la la,

Śmieją im się pysie, cha cha cha cha cha,

A misiowa jak może, prędko szuka w komorze,

Plaster miodu wynosi, pięknie gości swych prosi.

Jadą, jadą misie, tra la la la la,

Śmieją im się pysie, cha cha cha cha cha,

Zjadły misie plastrów sześć

I wołają: “jeszcze jeść!”

Jadą, jadą misie, tra la la la la,

Śmieją im się pysie, cha cha cha cha cha,

Przyjechały do lasu, narobiły hałasu,

Przyjechały do boru, narobiły rumoru.

6. PIESKI MAŁE DWA

Pieski male dwa, chcialy przejsc sie chwilke,

nie wiedzialy ze,  przeszly cala milke,

i znalazly cos, taka duza biala kosc.

Si bon, si bon, tra la la la la,

Si bon, si bon, tra la la la la

Si bon, si bon,. taka duza biala kosc

Pieski małe dwa chciały przejść przez rzeczkę,

Nie wiedziały jak, znalazły deseczkę,

I choc była zła, przeszly po niej pieski dwa.

Si bon, si bon, tra la la la la,

Si bon, si bon, tra la la la la.

Si bon, si bon,przeszly po niej pieski dwa.

Pieski małe dwa poszły raz na łąkę,

Zobaczyły tam czerwoną biedronkę,

A biedronka ta mnóstwo czarnych kropek ma.

Si bon, si bon, tra la la la la,

Si bon, si bon, tra la la la la.

Si bon, si bon, mnóstwo czarnych kropek ma.

Pieski małe dwa poszly wiec do domu,

O przygodzie swej nie mowiac nikomu,

Wlazły w budę swą, teraz sobie smacznie śpią.

Si bon, si bon, tra la la la la,

Si bon, si bon, tra la la la la.

Si bon, si bon, teraz sobie smacznie śpią teraz sobie smacznie śpią

teraz sobie smacznie śpią

7. HEJ, NA KRAKOWSKIM RYNKU

Hej, na Krakowskim Rynku

maki i powoje, maki i powoje

chłopcy i dziewczęta, malowane stroje.(bis)

Nasz Lajkonik, ten Lajkonik,

po Krakowie ciągle goni,

Lajkoniku laj, laj poprzez cały kraj, kraj,

Lajkoniku laj, laj poprzez cały kraj. /2x/

Hej, na Krakowskim rynku,

kręcą się górale, kręcą się górale

sprzedają serdaki, kupują korale.

Nasz Lajkonik, ten Lajkonik,

po Krakowie ciągle goni,

Lajkoniku laj, laj poprzez cały kraj, kraj,

Lajkoniku laj, laj poprzez cały kraj. /2x/

Hej, na Krakowski Rynek

gołębie zleciały, gołębie zleciały,

słuchac, jak tam grają mariackie hejnały.

Nasz Lajkonik, ten Lajkonik,

po Krakowie ciągle goni,

Lajkoniku laj, laj poprzez cały kraj, kraj,

Lajkoniku laj, laj poprzez cały kraj. /2x/

8. OJCIEC WIRGILIUSZ

ojciec wirgiliusz uczyl dzieci swoje

a mial ich wszystkich 100-20-3-je

hejze dzieci, hejze ha, hejze ha, hejze ha,

robcie wszystko to co ja, to co ja

9. KRAKOWIACZEK JEDEN

Krakowiaczek jeden

miał koników siedem,

pojechał na wojnę,

ostał mu się jeden.

Siedem lat wojował,

szabli nie wyjmował,

szabla zardzewiała,

wojny nie widziała.

Krakowianka jedna

miała chłopca z drewna,

a dziewczynkę z wosku,

wszystko po krakowsku.

Krakowiaczek ci ja

Krakowiak z natury,

Kto mi wejdzie w droge

Ja na niego z gory

10. JINGLE BELLS /POLISH VERSION

Poprzez biały trakt, z mrozem za Pan Brat

pędzą, pedza nasze sanie, szybkie niby wiatr.

Biegnij koniu nasz, przez uśpiony las

my wieziemy świerk zielony, i śpiewamy tak.

Pada śnieg, pada śnieg, dzwonią dzwonki sań

co za radość gdy saniami /tak/ można jechać w dal

pada śnieg, pada śnieg, dzwonią dzwonki sań

a przed nami i za nami swieci tyle gwiazd.

Biegniesz drogo nam, nie wiadomo jak,

ale nie ma tu nikogo, ktoby znaczył ślad.

Tylko sani ped, tylko szybki koń

tylko gwiazdy roześmiane i piosenki ton.

Pada śnieg, pada śnieg, dzwonią dzwonki sań

co za radość gdy saniami /tak/ można jechać w dal

pada śnieg, pada śnieg, dzwonią dzwonki sań

a przed nami i za nami swieci tyle gwiazd.

11. JESTEM SOBIE PRZEDSZKOLACZEK

Jestem sobie przedszkolaczek,

Nie grymaszę i nie płaczę,

Na bębenku marsza gram,

Ram tam tam, ram tam tam.

Mamy tu zabawek wiele,

Razem bawić się weselej,

Bo kolegów dobrych mam,

Ram tam tam, ram tam tam.

Mamy klocki, kredki, farby,

To są nasze wspólne skarby,

Bardzo dobrze tutaj nam,

Ram tam tam, ram tam tam.

Kto jest beksą i mazgajem,

Ten się do nas nie nadaje,

Niechaj w domu siedzi sam,

Ram tam tam, ram tam tam.

12. STARY NIEDZWIEDZ MOCNO SPI

Stary niedźwiedź mocno spi /2x/

My się go boimy, na palcach chodzimy

Jak się zbudzi, będzie zły /2x/

Stary niedźwiedź mocno spi /2x/

Z lasu przywędrował, miodek nam zgotowal,

Utrudzil się, będzie zły /2x/

Stary niedźwiedź Pojdzie w las /2x/

Gracze mu zagraly, wstal niedźwiedź zuchwaly

uciekajmy, zlapie nas /2x/

13. JEDZIE POCIĄG Z DALEKA

Jedzie pociąg z daleka,

Ani chwili nie czeka,

Konduktorze łaskawy,

Zabierz nas do Warszawy,

Konduktorze łaskawy,

Zabierz nas do Warszawy.

Konduktorze łaskawy,

Zabierz nas do Warszawy,

Trudno, trudno to będzie,

Dużo osób jest wszędzie,

Trudno, trudno to będzie,

Dużo osób jest wszędzie.

Pięknie pana prosimy,

Jeszcze miejsce widzimy,

A więc prędko wsiadajcie,

Do Warszawy ruszajcie,

A więc prędko wsiadajcie,

Do Warszawy ruszajcie.

14. MY JESTEŚMY KRASNOLUDKI

My jesteśmy krasnoludki,

Hopsa sa, hopsa sa,

Pod grzybkami nasze budki,

Hopsa, hopsa sa,

Jemy mrówki, żabkie łapki,

Oj tak tak, oj tak tak,

A na głowach krasne czapki,

To nasz, to nasz znak.

Gdy ktoś zbłądzi, to trąbimy,

Trutu tu, trutu tu,

Gdy ktoś senny, to uśpimy,

Lulu lulu lu,

Gdy ktoś skrzywdzi krasnoludka,

Ajajaj, ajajaj,

To zapłacze niezabudka,

Uuuuu.

15. TA DOROTKA

Ta Dorotka ta malusia, ta malusia,

Tańcowała dokolusia, dokolusia,

Tańcowała ranną rosą, ranną rosą

I tupała nóżką bosą, nóżką bosą.

Ta Dorotka ta malusia, ta malusia,

Tańcowała dokolusia, dokolusia,

Tańcowała i w południe, i w południe

Kiedy słońce stało cudnie, stało cudnie.

Ta Dorotka ta malusia, ta malusia,

Tańcowała dokolusia, dokolusia,

Tańcowała wieczorami, wieczorami,

Kiedy słonko za górami, za górami.

A teraz śpi w kolebusi, w kolebusi,

Na różowej swej podusi, swej podusi,

Chodzi senek koło płotka, koło płotka:

Cicho, bo już śpi Dorotka, śpi Dorotka.

16. NA WOJTUSIA Z POPIELNIKA

Na Wojtusia z popielnika

Iskiereczka mruga,

Chodź, opowiem ci bajeczkę,

Bajka będzie długa.

Była sobie Baba Jaga,

Miała chatkę z masła,

A w tej chatce same dziwy,

Cyt, iskierka zgasła.

Była sobie raz królewna,

Pokochała grajka,

Król wyprawił im wesele

I skończona bajka.

17. MAM CHUSTECZKĘ HAFTOWANĄ

Mam chusteczkę haftowaną,

Co ma cztery rogi,

Kogo kocham, kogo lubię,

Rzucę mu pod nogi,

Tego kocham, tego lubię, tego pocałuję,

A chusteczkę haftowaną tobie podaruję.

Oj nie nie, moje kochanie,

bo mnie mama bije  za calowanie /2x/

18. BIEDRONECZKI

Biedroneczki są w kropeczki i to chwalą sobie,

U motylka plamek kilka służy ku ozdobie,

W drobne cętki storczyk giętki liliowe tuli płatki,

Ty mój grzybku też masz łatki i śliczny kapelusik,

Więc niech stale cię nie smuci ten drobny biały rzucik.

Uskarżał się mały muchomor,

Pod brzózką się tuląc do mamy,

Dlaczego, choć piękny rzekomo,

Czerwony kapelusz ma w plamy.

Biedroneczki są w kropeczki i to chwalą sobie,

U motylka plamek kilka służy ku ozdobie,

W drobne cętki storczyk giętki liliowe tuli płatki,

Ty mój grzybku też masz łatki i śliczny kapelusik,

Więc niech stale cię nie smuci ten drobny biały rzucik.

Marysia błękitne ma oczy,

A w bródce dołeczek uroczy,

Lecz w sercu ma smutek po brzegi,

Bo nosek Marysi jest w piegi.

Biedroneczki są w kropeczki i to chwalą sobie,

U motylka plamek kilka służy ku ozdobie,

W drobne cętki storczyk giętki liliowe tuli płatki,

Bo na kropki widać moda, więc trzeba dojść do wniosku,

Że w tym właśnie jest uroda, że piegi są na nosku.

19. BYŁ SOBIE KRÓL..

Już ksiezyc zgasl, zapadla noc, sen zmorzyl ma laleczke,

Wiec oczka zmruż, i zasnij już , opowiem ci bajeczke

Wiec oczka zmruż, i zasnij już , opowiem ci bajeczke

Był sobie król, był sobie paź i była też królewna.

Żyli wśród mórz, nie znali burz, rzecz najzupełniej pewna.

Żyli wśród mórz, nie znali burz, rzecz najzupełniej pewna.

Kochał się król, kochał się paź, kochali się w królewnie.

I ona też kochała ich, kochali się wzajemnie.

I ona też kochała ich, kochali się wzajemnie.

Lecz srogi los, okrutna śmierć w udziale im przypadła,

Króla zjadł pies, pazia zjadł kot, królewnę myszka zjadła.

Króla zjadł pies, pazia zjadł kot, królewnę myszka zjadła.

Lecz żeby ci nie było żal dziecino ukochana,

Z cukru był król, z piernika paź, królewna z marcepana,

Z cukru był król, z piernika paź, królewna z marcepana.

20. ZUZIA LALKA NIEDUŻA

Zuzia lalka nieduża

I na dodatek cała ze szmatek

W kratkę stara spódniczka

Łzy na policzkach

A w główce marzeń sto

Refren:

Lecz kocham ją najbardziej ze wszystkich moich lal

Choć nie ma sukni złotej

Zabiorę ją na bal

Zuzia lalka nieduża płaszczyk za krótki

Zbyt duże butki

Fartuch biały z kieszonką

w kieszonce słonko

A w główce marzeń sto

Refren:

Lecz kocham ją najbardziej ze wszystkich moich lal

Choć nie ma sukni złotej

Zabiorę ją na bal.

Zuzia lalka niewielka

Bródka malutka

Nos jak muszelka

Oczy ma jak pięć złotych

wełniane loki a w główce marzeń sto.

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Polish Songs for Kids – Polish Culture for Kids

These are two popular children’s songs translated to English.  (Click on the song

title in blue and you can hear the melody.)

 

Krakowiaczek jeden

Polish

Krakowiaczek jeden

mial koników siedem.

Pojechal na wojnę,

Zostal mu się jeden.

Krakowianka jedna

miala chlopca z drewna

i dziewczynke z wosku,

wszystko po krakowsku.

English

One man from Cracow

Had seven horses.

But after he went to war

Only one of them was left.

One woman from Cracow

Had a boy made of wood

And a girl made of wax,

Both dressed like Cracovians

 

Kotek

Polish

Miauczy kotek “miau”,

“Coś ty kotku miał?”

“Miałem ja miseczkę mleczka,

Teraz pusta jest miseczka,

A jeszcze bym chciał,

A jeszcze bym chciał”.

Wzdycha kotek: “O”,

“Co ci kotku, co?”

“Śniła mi się wielka rzeka,

Wielka rzeka pełna mleka,

Aż po samo dno”.

Pisnął kotek “pii”,

“Spij koteczku, spij”,

Stulił ogon żmrozył żlipie,

Spi i we snie mleczko chlipie,

Bo znów mu się śni,

Bo znów mu się śni “.

English

Little kitten says “miau.”

“What did you want, little kitten?”

“I had a bowl of milk,

Now the bowl is empty,

And I would like some more,

And I would like some more.”

Sighs little kitten: “O”.

“What’s the matter little kitten?”

“I dreamt of a huge river,

Huge river full of milk,

All the way to the bottom.”

Little kitten says: “Pii”.

“Sleep little kitten sleep.”

He tucked in his tail

Closed his eyes and sleeps.

And in his sleep he drinks the milk.

In his sleep he drinks the milk.

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Polish Songs for Kids – Polish Culture for Kids

These are two popular children’s songs translated to English.

Click on the song title to hear the melody!

Krakowiaczek jeden

Krakowiaczek jedenmial koników siedem.Pojechal na wojnę,

Zostal mu się jeden.

Krakowianka jedna

miala chlopca z drewna

i dziewczynke z wosku,

wszystko po krakowsku.

One man from CracowHad seven horses.But after he went to war

Only one of them was left.

One woman from Cracow

Had a boy made of wood

And a girl made of wax,

Both dressed like Cracovians

Kotek

Miauczy kotek “miau”,”Coś ty kotku miał?”"Miałem ja miseczkę mleczka,

Teraz pusta jest miseczka,

A jeszcze bym chciał,

A jeszcze bym chciał”.

Wzdycha kotek: “O”,

“Co ci kotku, co?”

“Śniła mi się wielka rzeka,

Wielka rzeka pełna mleka,

Aż po samo dno”.

Pisnął kotek “pii”,

“Spij koteczku, spij”,

Stulił ogon żmrozył żlipie,

Spi i we snie mleczko chlipie,

Bo znów mu się śni,

Bo znów mu się śni “

Little kitten says “miau.”"What did you want, little kitten?”"I had a bowl of milk,

Now the bowl is empty,

And I would like some more,

And I would like some more.

Sighs little kitten: “O”.

“What’s the matter little kitten?”

“I dreamt of a huge river,

Huge river full of milk,

All the way to the bottom.”

Little kitten says: “Pii”.

“Sleep little kitten sleep.”

He tucked in his tail

Closed his eyes and sleeps.

And in his sleep he drinks the milk.

In his sleep he drinks the milk.

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Polish Baby Names – Polish Culture for Kids

The Polish Alphabet

The Polish Alphabet (lowercase): a, ą, b, c, ć, d, e, ę, f, g, h, i, j, k, l, ł, m, n, ń, o, ó, p, r, s, ś, t, u, w, y, z, ź, ż

The Polish Alphabet (uppercase): A, Ą, B, C, Ć, D, E, Ę, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, Ł, M, N, Ń, O, Ó, P, R, S, Ś, T, U, W, Y, Z, Ź, Ż

Polish is the official language of Poland. The Polish language is used throughout Poland and by other Polish people who live in other countries.  It is a Slavic language like Russian. It is the second largest spoken Slavik language after Russian. The Polish alphabet has 9 letters which are not in the English alphabet. These nine letters look like English letters, but they have marks above or below them.  The 9 upper and lower case letters are: Ą ą, Ć ć, Ę ę, Ł ł, Ń ń, Ś ś, Ó ó, Ź ź, Ż ż.  The leters q, v and x are not considered part of the Polish alphabet, but these letters are used for foreign words and names.

 

Names in Poland

Polish names have the first name of a person (a imię) followed by a last name (nazwisko).

Polish children are usually given one or two first names.  Most Polish people are Catholics so they also adopt a third name of a Saint on their confirmation.

Most Common Polish Baby Names (2010)

Names for Girls

1. JULIA

2. MAJA

3. ZUZANNA

4. LENA

5. WIKTORIA

6. AMELIA

7. OLIWIA

8. ALEKSANDRA

9. NATALIA

10. ZOFIA

 

Names for Boys

 

1. JAKUB

2. SZYMON

3. KACPER

4. FILIP

5. MICHAL

6. MATEUSZ

7. BARTOSZ

8. WOJCIECH

9. ADAM

10. WIKTOR

 

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Polish Travel Destinations – Polish Culture for Kids

Poland has many beautiful national parks and natural areas. Two well-known mountain areas forclimbing, hiking, camping and touring include the Tatra Mountains in the south and the Krkonoše Mountains in the southwest of Poland  The small town of Zakopane at the foot of the Tatra Mountains is a popular spot to see traditional culture. Not far from here, you can visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine and take a tour underground.

The Dunajec River Gorge in the south, the Białowieża Forest in the east and Wigry Lake in the northeast are beautiful places to tour.  You can have fun with many recreational activities like hiking, swimming and camping. The Masurian Lakeland area has more than 2,000 beautiful lakes to enjoy.

There are also many historic castles in Poland.  The Royal Castle in the medieval Old Town area of Poland’s capital of Warsaw is a popular travel spot. Malbork in northern Poland has a large medieval fortress built by knights.

In the city of Krakow, visitors can travel on the Royal Road through the Old Town to Wawel Castle.  Krakow is the second largest city in Poland.

Gdansk is an important port city on the southern edge of the Baltic Sea. It is also located at the mouth of the Motlawa River.  If you travel on the river you can get to Warsaw, the capital.   At the port city of Gdansk, you can see many boats.  There are boats used for shipping products.  There are also boats used for fun and recreation.

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Polish Clothing – Polish Culture for Kids

On festivals and special occasions, Polish people wear traditional folk costumes.  These are different in each of the regions of Poland, but most are brightly colored and embroidered.  The women wear long, colorful skirts with ribbons and white blouses with an embroidered vest.  They may wear their hair in braids or a wreath of flowers around their heads.  Girls wear wooden shoes.

Men’s folk dress is similar.  They wear white pants and a white embroidered jacket.  They wear a white shirt with a red tie and a flat-topped black and white hat. Traditionally, the szlachta (Polish nobles) wore a kind of robe called a kontusz tied with a sash (pas kontuszowy).

Everyday dress in Poland is similar to what people would wear in other countries of Europe and the United States.  Blue jeans are popular, along with other trends in modern day fashion.

                                          Costumes from the Eastern Krakow Region

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Polish Cuisine and Traditional Foods – Polish Culture for Kids

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Sausage is an important traditional food in Poland.  There are many different varieties of Polish sausage. Kielbasa sausage is a national dish of Poland.

Hunter’s Stew or Bigos is another national dish of Poland.  It is made of meat and sauerkraut.  This dish is usually served with bread or potatoes.

Other Polish national dishes include pierogi (dumplings filled with potatoes, cheese and onions or even with meat or fruit), barszcz (beet soup) and gołąbki (stuffed cabbage rolls).

Potatoes and dark breads are eaten daily.  It is common to eat dinner in the afternoon around 1 or 2 p.m. In the evening, a smaller meal is served of sandwiches and salads for “supper”.

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Polish Culture and Heritage – Polish Culture for Kids

Poland is a country in Central Europe.  Poland is made of sixteen regions or voivodeships.  Warsaw is the capital of Poland.  Poland has a long history that has existed since the tenth century.  In 1795, Russia, Austria, and the Kingdom of Prussia divided up Poland and it was no longer a country.  In 1918, Poland officially became an independent country again.

Poland’s National Anthem is Polish composer Dąbrowski’s Mazurka.  This song is also known as “Poland Has Not Perished Yet”.  A white eagle wearing a crown is the national symbol of Poland.

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