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.

 Polish children’s books

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01 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.

02 STARY NIEDZWIEDZ MOCNO SPI

1/

Stary niedźwiedź mocno spi /2x/

My się go boimy, na palcach chodzimy

Jak się zbudzi, będzie zły /2x/

2/

Stary niedźwiedź mocno spi /2x/

Z lasu przywędrował, miodek nam zgotowal,

Utrudzil się, będzie zły /2x/

3/

Stary niedźwiedź Pojdzie w las /2x/

Gracze mu zagraly, wstal niedźwiedź zuchwaly

uciekajmy, zlapie nas /2x/

03 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.

04 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.

05 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.

06 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.

07 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/

08 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.

09 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.

10 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.

Polish language for kids – Polish teaching video

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DINOLINGO The symbol of Warsaw, Poland’s capital, is a mermaid.

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Every hour, the trumpeter of Krakow plays the same melody from the top of a tower in the Krakow Square. However, he abruptly stops the tune in the middle of a note and never finishes. This symbolizes the original Trumpeter of Krakow, who, long ago, from the top of the tower, saw invaders coming and he played his trumpet to warn the citizens of the invasion and to tell them to flee the city. Many citizens heard him play and managed to escape, but as the invaders rode into town, one of them shot an arrow at the trumpeter and killed him while he was playing, interrupting his song. That’s why today the trumpeter never finishes the song either, as a tribute to the trumpeter who saved the people of the city.

Places to Visit in Poland

There are many famous places in Poland. Among them are the cities of Warsaw and Krakow, both of which have castles and Old Towns preserved the way they looked in the past.

Zakopane is a town in the Tatra Mountains in the south of Polands, and it is a small town right at the foot of very tall mountains, where much traditional culture is preserved. Not far from there, you can visit the Wieliczka salt mine, where you can take a tour of the underground caverns and see statues made out of salt. The Baltic Sea borders the north of Poland, where beachgoers visit the cities of Gdansk and Sopot every year.

Polish Stories – Poland

DINOLINGO The founding of Poland is a famous legend in the country. There were three brothers, Lech, Czech, and Rus, who all went hunting together. Each of them followed a different prey, and they each went in different directions. Rus went east and ended up founding Russia, Czech went west and founded Czechoslovakia, and Lech followed his arrow and found himself facing a huge, fierce, white eagle. He took the eagle as a sign and decided to found his country in that place, and it became Poland. He named his city Gniezno (and inPolishgniazdo means “nest”, so the name of the city pays homage to the eagle), which still exists today, and he adopted the white eagle as the country’s coat of arms. The white eagle is still the symbol of Poland today.

Another famous legend surrounds the Dragon of Krakow, who terrorized the land. No one could get rid of him, and the king announced that whoever could kill the dragon would be allowed to marry his daughter, the princess. Knights and soldiers from all over the country came to try to defeat the dragon, but no one could. Finally, a poor peasant boy came and filled sheepskin with poisonous arsenic and set them up along the riverbank so the dragon would think they were real sheep. The dragon saw the sheep and ate them, but the arsenic made him so thirsty, that he drank all the water out of the Vistula River and exploded. The peasant was successful and married the princess, and they lived happily ever after!

Polish Festivals and Holidays – Poland

DINOLINGO The most important holidays in Poland  are Christmas Eve and Easter. Christmas Eve, celebrated December 24th, is called Wigilia, and it celebrates the birth of Jesus. Traditionally, Poles put up a Christmas tree and decorate it with ornaments, stars, candy, and oranges, and presents are placed underneath it. The biggest meal of Christmas is eaten during Wigilia, and it contains no meat, but usually many fish dishes including carp and herring. The Christmas celebrations typically begin at the sighting of the first star in the sky (and the sun sets early in Poland in the winter, so the first star is usually seen around 3 p.m.), and families get together to eat and open presents. December 25th and 26th are considered the “second day of Christmas” and “third day of Christmas” and are celebrated with family get-togethers and holiday meals (this time containing meat). In many cities and villages, there is also usually a Christmas procession where people walk through the streets with candles, and end up in church to celebrate Mass.

Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus, and takes place on a Sunday in March or April. Easter is celebrated in Poland with the dyeing and painting of eggs (called pisanki) and an elaborate meal eaten with the family. A traditional cake called mazurek is made for Easter, and is a flat cake filled with chocolate or a caramel-like filling called kajmak. Common symbols of Easter are eggs, rabbits, and flowers.

The day after Easter is a children’s holiday called śmingus-dingus, in which children pour water on each other, often after planning an elaborate ambush or hiding out to surprise their siblings or friends with the water.

Another traditional holidays is All Saints’ Day (Dzień Wszystkich Świętych) on November 1, which celebrates the dead and people visit the graves of loved ones, leaving candles and flowers. In the evening, graveyards in Poland are lit up with candlelight and are eerily beautiful.

Polish Clothes – Poland

DINOLINGO Traditional  Polish clothing is very colorful and decorative. In folk costumes, women wear long, colorful skirts with ribbons and printed with large flowers. They may wear white blouses and black or red vests (again embroidered with colorful flowers) and laced up across the front with red ribbon. They also wear necklaces made of red beads and wear their hair in long braids. They might also wear a wreath of flowers around their head. Girls will wear traditional leather or wooden shoes. Men’s folk dress is similar: they wear tight white pants and a white jacket embroidered with red, black, and colored flowers. They wear a white shirt and a red tie, and a flat-topped black-and-red hat.

But while these outfits used to be common, now they are only worn for traditional festivals. Everyday dress in Poland is similar to that all over Europe and the United States. Many people wear jeans, suits, modern dresses, and modern shoes. Warsaw is considered a fashionable European city, so some of the newest fashion trends can be found there.

Polish Food – Poland

DINOLINGO Poland is known for its hearty food, which keeps people warm and full during the long Polish winters. One of Poland’s most famous foods is pierogi, which are large dumplings filled most often with potatoes, cheese, and onions, but they can also have meat or fruit inside. Gołąbki—which means “little pigeons” but is not made out of pigeons!—are large pieces of cabbage stuffed with ground meat and spices and cooked in tomato sauce. Soup is very popular in Poland, especially barszcz or borscht, made out of beets, or żurek, a sour soup with potatoes and vegetables. Potatoes and dark, thick bread are staples ofPolish meals as well.

But Polish food is not all meat and potatoes: the desserts are very popular and can be found all over the country. It’s very common for people in Poland to get together for tea and cakes, where they may eat pączki, which are jam-filled cakes kind of like doughnutseclairs, apple cake, or other cream-filled cakes. In Poland, it is traditional to eat dinner in the afternoon, around 1 or 2 p.m., which is the biggest meal of the day. In the evening, around 7 or 8 p.m., Poles eat “supper” which is a smaller meal, usually consisting of sandwiches or salads.

 

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Polish fun facts – Poland language for children

The symbol of Warsaw, Poland’s capital, is a mermaid.

The symbol of Poland is a white eagle, and throughout the country’s history, the eagle has sometimes been depicted wearing a crown or not wearing a crown, depending on the government and occupying nations of Poland. Currently, the eagle wears a crown.

Every hour, the trumpeter of Krakow plays the same melody from the top of a tower in the Krakow Square. However, he abruptly stops the tune in the middle of a note and never finishes. This symbolizes the original Trumpeter of Krakow, who, long ago, from the top of the tower, saw invaders coming and he played his trumpet to warn the citizens of the invasion and to tell them to flee the city. Many citizens heard him play and managed to escape, but as the invaders rode into town, one of them shot an arrow at the trumpeter and killed him while he was playing, interrupting his song. That’s why today the trumpeter never finishes the song either, as a tribute to the trumpeter who saved the people of the city.

Fast facts: 

Polish is the official language of Poland.
A total of 17 Poles won the Nobel Prize.
Two of the common Polish origin words found in English are schlub and schmuk.

 

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In the house in Polish – W domu – Free online Polish lessons

IN THE HOUSE	W domu
BALL		piłka
BALLOON		balon
TOY		zabawka
BOX		pudełko
BOOK		książka
PICTURE		obrazek
HOUSE		dom
DOOR		drzwi
WINDOW		okno
TABLE		stół
CHAIR		krzesło
BED		łóżko
TELEVISION	telewizor
COMPUTER	komputer
TELEPHONE	telefon
CLOCK		zegar
LAMP		lampa
KITE		latawiec
BAG		torba

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Fruıt and Vegetables in Polish – Owoce i warzywa – Free online Polish lessons

FRUIT AND VEGETABLES	Owoce i warzywa
APPLE		        jabłko
BANANA		        banan
ORANGE		        pomarańcz
STRAWBERRY		truskawka
GRAPES		        winogrona
WATERMELON		arbuz
MELON		        melon
CHERRY		        czereśnia
PEAR		        gruszka
PEACH		        brzoskwinia
LEMON		        cytryna
CARROT		        marchewka
TOMATO		        pomidor
POTATO		        ziemniak
BROCCOLI		brokuły

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