Welcome to the Polish Tutor blog.
The wait is almost over – my new book “Polish Tutor: Grammar and Vocabulary Workbook” will be published on the 9th March 2017. You can order it here.
It’s the culmination of three years of hard work. Writing the book allowed me to reflect on the profound changes since my first project (co-authoring with Nigel Gotteri Complete Polish) in 1994 in how Polish language and culture are perceived outside Poland. From rather obscure and exotic, Polish has become the second most common language spoken in England (source: 2011 Census). An intention to learn Polish no longer meets with raised eyebrows. What’s more, it is no longer just a domain of those with Polish family roots.
A few years ago, during a language event in Oxford I met some students of Polish, originally from China. I’ve asked them why they were learning Polish – they did not have any family or business connections with Poland. The answer was: why not? For them, choosing a language spoken in a large European country with both a rich history and heritage was obvious. They fell in love with the Polish landscape, Polish literature and Polish music. They were inspired by the music of Fryderyk Chopin and films directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski. Their knowledge of Polish language and culture was truly impressive. In turn, I felt inspired by them.
Hopefully, the new book will help those who have made the first step and would like to develop their knowledge further. I always encourage learners to go beyond the textbook and explore the different aspects of life in Poland, Polish history, culture and tradition. In the past that wasn’t easy – the teaching and learning resources were scarce. The internet has changed everything about the way we live and the way we learn. Today you can visit the most remote parts of Poland at a click of a button. You can watch Polish films and TV programs; listen to Polish radio and music; read Polish newspapers and magazines as they are all on-line.
However, while all this is a great help, it can also be overwhelming and bewildering. Where do you start? How do you know what to watch or read or listen to and how it is going to help you learn Polish? Whilst this blog is loosely based on the Polish Tutor: Grammar and Vocabulary Workbook, it will also cover wide aspects of Polish language and culture.
I hope this blog will prove to be a good guide and companion in your own journey through Polish language, culture, history and tradition and help you discover the secrets of successful learning.