Polish Language and Culture
The Polish language belongs to an old family of Slavic languages spoken traditionally in Eastern Europe. It is used by about 38 million Polish speakers living in Poland and several millions more all over the world.
Like all Slavic languages, Polish is distinctively different from English. Its pronunciation and complex grammar could be daunting, but many people have taken up the challenge of learning it and have achieved astonishing results. The Polish language is beautiful in its complexity and intricacies; learning it will allow you to discover a fascinating universe of Polish literature, films, and the rich history of the country itself.
This list is a compilation of free online resources which can assist you in studying Polish depending on the degree of your linguistic knowledge of and experience with this language. Some of the links are in English and offer an interesting insight into Polish culture, history, and language to beginner learners while others are aimed at advanced or fluent speakers of Polish who want to experience the language and practice its day-to-day use.
This is a free comprehensive course of the Polish language. The website contains grammar tips, a guide to Polish phonetics and morphology, pronunciation, and other useful information, for example, telling Windows users how to configure their computers and keyboards to be able to type freely in Polish!
A set of 54 free Polish lessons, composed of sentences and their English translations. This website introduces a method of learning Polish by memorizing and repeating key phrases and sentences.
This is the official website of University of Pittsburgh’s Polish Institute. Contains an abundance of grammatical references, lessons, tip, and examples created by Dr. Oscar Swan. University of Pittsburgh’s website also offers countless links and other resources aimed at helping prospective students of the Polish language.
All Polish grammar in a nutshell. This website offers free grammar lessons and enables you to complete exercises to check how much you have learned and remembered. Very useful to beginner learners and experienced speakers.
This website contains at least 18 free Polish audio lessons (new content seems to be developed slowly but surely), conveniently grouped into categories, like travelling, shopping, conversations with friends, etc. All in MP3 format, easy to play, easy to listen to.
Polish Governmental and State Owned Websites
This is the official website of the President of the Republic of Poland. Contains the most recent updates on state visits and diplomacy, photos, and links to various pieces of legislation and European Union matters. The website is available in both Polish and English versions.
This is the official website of the Polish Prime Minister. It brings forth news and updates on governmental decisions and policies. Contains photos, movie clips, and a press center. Website available in both Polish and English languages.
RCL is an acronym for the Governmental Legislation Center. This link provides access to the vast database of Polish law. It not only covers contemporary legislation, but enables access to all Polish acts enacted during the political history of the Republic. (Its beginnings date back to 1918.. English version is also available.)
Basic information, statistics, and plenty of useful links to upcoming cultural events in the whole of Poland. The website is very clearly navigable and is available in nine different language versions.
Official website of the Polish Parliament. Here you can read about the functioning of the Parliament and all of its members. The website can be viewed in four language versions and contains a massive amount of useful information, including links to all major governmental agencies, departments, and organizations in Poland.
History of Poland from the ancient times, compiled and interestingly presented by Lonely Planet. In English only.
A very content-rich Polish language website, containing huge amounts of information on Polish history. New history books reviewed regularly, mesmerizing photo galleries.
This website allows you to view various maps of Poland throughout the centuries — check out the Polish nobility’s crests, analyze connections between royal dynasties, and take a look at Polish cities and towns as they were hundreds of years ago.
Polish Art and Culture
A very solid website providing practical information on Polish culture, art, tradition, and lifestyle. It provides hours of reading and absorbing information for any eager student. This website is in English.
This link promotes the Polish TV channel focused on culture and sophisticated entertainment. Here you can look up a TV guide for shows and theatre performances, listen to some music, or read about the latest Polish literature bestsellers.
This website gives an introduction to Poland and its history, culture, and art. Read about all the interesting places in Poland, plan your trips, and learn how to get there!
An interesting website containing factual information about Poland, its traditions, literature, art, science, business, food, and entertainment. Version for English speakers only.
Website created by the Polish Cultural Institute in New York. It contains a very rich composition of links to all major landmark locations in Poland, and also to a vast number of art galleries, museums, theatres, cinemas, cultural institutions, and many, many more. Very interesting links to the history of Poles in North America. A real goldmine of information!
Polish Book Institute will give you a broad spectrum of Polish literature, offering reviews of the most recent books, information on authors, publishers, and the current literature-related events in the country. Available in four language versions.
The Virtual Library of Polish Literature will allow you to get familiar with hundreds of books, their authors, and the authors’ biographies. The website offers access to some of the most renowned, classical literary works by Polish authors. The Virtual Library is available in four different languages.
Polish Online Newspapers and Media
Gazeta Wyborcza is the largest daily newspaper in Poland. The website contains news from Poland and from the world, offering a huge number of articles on anything from news broadcasts, political debates, sports updates, and photography exhibitions to blogs and chat forums. Polish language version only.
Polityka.pl is the Internet version of the Polish weekly paper, focused mainly on politics and social and economic issues in Poland. It contains exclusive political commentaries by Poland’s most popular journalists and experts.
Rzeczpospolita offers news and interesting commentary columns on Polish day-to-day life. Plenty of links to be explored, all in Polish language.
The largest Polish Internet portal for news and updates. Contains links to press releases, photos, reportages, blogs, chats, online games, and even Polish online dating!
Another Internet portal containing news and gossip, updated 24/7. Interesting articles on new technologies and tourism.
A culinary website containing hundreds of recipes and Polish food and drink reviews and recommendations. The food looks really tasty in those photos!
This website offers a lot of food-related information, particularly movie clips instructing the viewers how to make Polish food step by step. Create your own Polish dinner, from starters to desserts!
An abundance of recipes and culinary-related articles, all in Polish.
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