The Polish language is one of the most beautiful in the world, yet it is a language that doesn’t attract anywhere near the quantity of first-time learners as it should. Most tourists to Poland barely get beyond a few sentences and some ex-Patriots who have lived in Poland for over five years can still not even order a meal in a restaurant without having to use some English. However, there are no shortage of options and learning Polish can be organised easily and professionally at any of these language schools. So challenge yourself – try a Polish course and get to grips with one of the most poetic languages in the world.
Klub Dialogu, Warsaw
Situated on Ulica Ordynacka just off Warsaw’s swanky “Nowy Świat” (New World), Klub Dialogu is one of the best Polish language schools in the country. The organisation is superb with a bumper timetable for students with extra curricular activities such as barbecues by the river, invites to theatrical performances and cinema screenings, cycling events and presentations by staff and students. The school also uses their own books and has a range of teachers from basic level right up to those on the verge of fluent Polish. There is an impressive blog on their website, which is often written by their students.
Learn Polish in Gdańsk, Gdańsk
The location of Learn Polish in Gdańsk couldn’t be sweeter. Straight through the beautiful Złota Brama of Gdańsk’s Old Town and onto Ulica Długa, and you take a right onto Ulica Garbary and right at the end of the street, in front of you, you will find “Learn Polish in Gdańsk”, housed in a traditional building which also boasts a cosy and cheap restaurant. This is one of the warmest and friendliest Polish language schools in the country, mainly due to the management and skills of Director Pani Alina. Past students and friends of the school have gone onto become successful in many industries.
Teach Me Polish, Poznań
The best option for learning Polish for those based in and around Poznań is Teach Me Polish. This is a language school which continues to attract students from every continent. They do group lessons, individual lessons and Polish for business. With its central location in Poznań, this is also a beautiful place to learn, in the vicinity of one of the prettiest old town squares in all of Poland. Teach Me Polish also offer online courses.
Varia Polish Language Center, Krakow
Krakow has quite a few Polish language schools so it can be hard to choose the right one. However, Varia has received acclaim because they specialise in only one language and therefore have cornered a niche. They only teach Polish and have been teaching it since before Poland even joined the EU, in 2004. Varia Polish Language Center has groups within all language levels: from A1 to C2. Similarly to Klub Dialogu, Varia prides itself in helping students bond as well as learn and they often have extra curricular events and days or nights out in what is one of Poland’s most beautiful cities.
Polish is My Love, Szczecin
This Polish Language School, Polish is My Love actually has two venues, one in Warsaw and one in Szczecin. The Szczecin option is excellent due to its proximity to Germany and the easy day trip availability to Berlin or Magdeberg. This is a great option for those who are in Poland for business purposes and may have regular trains and buses to nearby countries. They only employ staff of the highest level, ensuring that a Polish Philology graduate will teach you (not an English or German teacher who is a Pole). Their teachers have long-term experience in teaching Polish as a foreign language and they work in accordance with the latest trends in methodology of teaching Polish as a foreign language. After completing the course you will receive The School Certificate, proof of your fond memories from studying Polish in Szczecin.
Polish World, Wrocław
The city of Wrocław is Poland’s latest up-and-coming tourist resort, taking the sparkle briefly off the historically more obvious cities of Warsaw, Gdańsk and Poznań. The city itself is famous for its beautiful Old Town Square and the hundreds of gnomes on the streets, so it makes a perfect base for foreigners to learn Polish. The highly recommended Polish World was founded over 10 years ago, building up a fantastic reputation for teaching Polish as a foreign language. Highly-trained teachers help the students understand the most complicated issues connected with what is a tricky language. Polish World also promise to fit the programme to the group needs in order to make studying more effective. The school also offers a friendly and relaxed atmosphere at school.
Conrad Polish School, Olsztyn
At Conrad Polish School in Olsztyn, they believe a foreign language is a tool rather than an end in itself and insist they do not teach a language, but they teach how to communicate in a language. The school is situated in the city of Olsztyn which is the gateway to Poland’s glorious Warmia-Masuria province, famous for its tranquil lakes and idyllic forests. This is a great option for those wishing to study Polish in a more unusual city with a higher percentage of local Polish residents, away from the hustle and bustle of cities like Warsaw and Kraków, which attract a lot more foreigners. The school offers a free of charge written test or interview, and with a pedigree of well-trained teachers, the school also specialises in Professional Business Polish, translation and interpretation.
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