We are meeting again on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 3:30 pm – BUCH D room D307.

We will be screening Pharaoh by Jerzy Kawalerowicz – listed on: Martin Scorsese Presents – Masterpieces of Polish Cinema. The film will be in Polish with English subtitles.

Feel free to forward information to other students.
Hope to see you there!




POLS 200 Term 1 – Presentation Highlights

POLS 200 students (Beginner’s Polish) prepared Polish – English presentations for Term 1 project.


They did an excellent job! Some highlights:

Marta, Emilia, Norman, Olivia – Historia Polski


Polski English Example
Średniowieczny Medieval To jest średniowieczny zamek.
Chrzest Baptism Idę do mojej kuzynki chrzest.
Podział Partition Polska ma podziały.
Konstytucja Constitution Piszemy konstytucję.
Niepodległość Independance Chcemy niepodległości!
Druga Wojna Światowa  Second World War Druga Wojna Światowa była największą wojną w historii świata.
Okupacja Occupation (military) Okupacja Polski przez niemców trwała szejść lat.
Inwazja Invasion Inwazja Polski zaczęła się we wrześniu w 1939 roku.
Przetrwanie Survival Przetrwanie w czasie wojny było bardzo trudne dla większości Polaków
Zmechanizowana Wojna  Mechanized Warfare Zmechanizowana Wojna była nowoczesną strategią.
Opór/Walka  Resistance Polska posiadała silny opór podczas okupacji niemieckie.

Karolina , Adam, Paula, Kris – Famous Polish People

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Sylvia, Emilia, Arek, Eric – Cities of Poland

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Robert, Helen, Alex, Andrea




We will be screening ‘Ida’ by Pawel Pawlikowski (info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ida_%28film%29)


The first meeting was a success and we already received questions about the next one!

We are meeting again on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 3:40 pm – BUCH D room D307.

We don’t have the title yet, but the film will be in Polish with English subtitles.

Feel free to forward information to other students.
Hope to see you there!



UPDATED: First Meeting of the Polish Discussion Club

Updated information for our first meeting:

Room: IBLC 461
Date: Thursday, 15/01/2015
Time: 15:45-17:45

NOTE: The first film will be entirely in Polish without subtitles.
Subsequent meetings will be rotated between Polish-only and Polish-English films and discussions.
Dates, times and room for each meeting will be announced in advance. Please check PLP blog for details.

Hope to see you there!


Polish Films at VIFF – Sept. 25 to Oct. 10, 2014

Reposted from the Vancouver International Film Festival website:  http://www.viff.org

CLICK links for in depth information.
Hope to see you there!

Parasite (Huba)
Oct 03 09:30 pm Vancity Theatre
Oct 07 02:30 pmThe Cinematheque


Field of Dogs (Psie Pole)
Sep 27 08:45 pm Vancity Theatre
Sep 30 02:00 pmVancity Theatre


Sep 25 08:30 pm The Cinematheque
Sep 28 11:00 am International Village #8
Oct 02 10:45 am International Village #8


Sep 27 04:45 pm Vancity Theatre
Sep 29 07:45 pm Vancity Theatre
Sep 30 10:00 am Vancity Theatre


Polskie Radio

Polskie Radio – http://www.polskieradio.pl/

Poland’s national publicly funded radio broadcasting.

Available channels:

Program 1 (Jedynka – One) – information, music
Program 2 (Dwójka – Two) – cultural, classical music
Program 3 (Trójka – Three) – alternative, jazz, rock
Program 4 (Czwórka – Four) – educational, youth

Quo Vadis Conference: August 22 – 24, 2014, Vancouver & Whistler

2014 International Polonia Youth Leadership Conference

August 22 – 24, 2014 – Vancouver & Whistler, BC, Canada

For more information visit: http://www.quovadisvancouver.com


The Quo Vadis Conference Series is an annual, weekend-long gathering of young adults, students, and professionals of Polish heritage, aimed to foster leadership skills, reflect on one’s roots, and to sustain a world-wide network of like-minded individuals. The age range of delegates is 18-40 years of age. The conferences allow delegates to participate in leadership challenges, professional networking sessions, skill-building workshops, engrossing events, and engaging lectures and panel discussions with prominent and inspirational guest speakers of local, national, and international Polonia communities, all while meeting and mingling with like-minded Polish youth from around the world.


The Quo Vadis movement first began in Ottawa, Ontario back in 2009, by a group of young and ambitious university students of Polish descent. The conference was proven a success and was deemed a crucial event for today’s young Polonia to engage in, in order to foster a sense of heritage, unity, and leadership within our Polish communities.

After the initial conference in Ottawa, Canadian editions of Quo Vadis were then held in Windsor, Ontario (2010), Toronto, Ontario (2011), Calgary and Canmore, Alberta (2012), Montréal, Québec (2013), and now, Vancouver, British Columbia.

In 2012, the movement branched out to the United States, with the first ever US-edition of Quo Vadis held in Chicago, Illinois, followed by New Britain, Connecticut (2013). The first Australian edition was held in Sydney (2013), followed by Melbourne this year.

Welcome to the Polish Language Program at UBC Vancouver!

Witamy Serdecznie!

Why study Polish at UBC?

  • The Polish language courses (POLS) focus on formal acquisition of the Polish language through interactive practice in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  • Access to printed as well as on-line resources provide a variety of ways for students to learn.
  • We use advanced learning materials and methods, allowing students to find their path to second language acquisition through self-expression in a class environment.

Why study Polish?

Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag. (Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn)
By learning a foreign language we expand our world. We learn new words and idioms, but also to see the world in a different way.
  • Polish is spoken by almost 40 million people in Poland and around the world. Many more claim their cultural heritage and roots in Poland.
  • Poland is a member of the European Union (EU). Polish provides access to the European professional and business community.
  • Poland has a very rich literary and cultural tradition. It was the native language of Joseph Conrad, Henryk Sienkiewicz, Czeslaw Milosz and Wislawa Szymborska.
  • Poland was the birthplace of Frédéric Chopin and Roman Polanski. Ideas of many world-renowned scientists like Nicolaus Copernicus, Stefan Banach, Marie Curie and Bronisław Malinowski were also written in Polish.
  • Knowledge of Polish opens educational and professional opportunities for you. Participate in exchange programs through UBC Go Global to study at Warsaw University, and join the Polish club at UBC.

Courses are offered in Terms 1 and 2 in alternate years:

  • POLS 200 – Beginner’s Polish (6 credits)
  • POLS 300 – Intermediate Polish (6 credits)

The courses are designed to welcome students from a variety of backgrounds with a wide range of interests.

Check out the Polish Language Program website.