There are a number of ways you can learn more about Polish language and culture at UCLan.
Apart from attending the Elective/Certificate classes for Beginners' Polish, there is a whole host of things you can do at this portal: play with the very informative tests on Polish language and culture, check out the latest news about Poland, Polish cultural events in the UK and about UCLan's relations with Poland.
Here you can also find out how you could meet with Polish students studying a variety of subjects at UCLan so you could exchange ideas about both countries. And if you have already been to Poland or have some experience of Polish culture and language, do share your ideas with us.
Poland is genuinely a country of diverse heritages, the crossroads where many civilisations have been living together: Jewish, German, Islamic, Eastern Slavonic, Italian, French, and many more. You can see a sample of how these peoples contributed to Polish culture by watching the Presentation ' A Commonwealth of Diverse Cultures' prepared by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.
The population of Poland is around 38 million. The World War II toll on Poland was a staggering 6 million-including 3 million Jews slaughtered in the Nazi death camps. At present, more than 98 per cent of the people are Poles, with small groups of Ukrainians, Belarusians, Germans, Slovaks and Lithuanians.
The Poles speak a Slavic language and have a special fondness for English. In fact, English is the most popular foreign language in Poland. The Polish population is largely urban centric with 60% of the population living in cities. There are a number of large cities, including five with populations of more than 500000. Warsaw, the capital, is the largest with a head count of 1.7 million inhabitants. Krakow (Cracow), Wroclaw, Poznan, Gdansk, Szczecin and Lodz are some other large metropolises.
Poland's national culture emerged as a synthesis of Latin and Byzantine influences and was further engendered by the numerous European occupations, throughout its history. Customs, traditions and mores display a diverse mix of the East and the West - a colourful cohabitation of the vibrant Eastern ornamental style and the sombre Islamic influence.
Literary and artistic figures have played a major role in public life throughout Poland's history. Poles are reputed to be avid readers and can be said to have a keen interest in the arts. Polish writers and filmmakers in particular are internationally renowned. Poland has a lively cultural scene with around 280 arts festivals taking place across the country covering all types of music, film, video, theatre and the visual arts. Poles are particularly keen on jazz music with around 30 jazz festivals taking place each year.
All sounds of Polish (the alphabet with example) are available as audio files for listening online.
A slightly bizarre interactive course in German, French and Polish but may be interesting for computer game fans. Contains natural language and a lot of information about the three countries.
BBC: A Touch of Polish
A soap style language activity with the scenario written ‘on the go’ by the listeners.
Contains some useful everyday phrases.
University of Pittsburgh Polish Language Website
Polish-English dictionary in PDF format, a reference grammar of Polish, course for beginners, many other materials and useful links.
Polish Cultural Institute
Polish cultural events in the UK, Poland and other countries. Useful links to Polish language websites.