Halo! Polish is my mother tongue!

Halo! Polish is my mother tongue!

More and more children all over the world are growing up speaking two or more languages. Being bilingual has incredible advantages for children, and speaking a language like Polish means you can read the fairytale ‘The Princess and the Frog’ in the original language or in Polish it is known as ‘The Frog Princess’.

polish is my mother tongue
There are over 50 million polish speakers worldwide, Polish uses most of the same alphabet as English but there are 9 letters that are different. The longest word in polish is 54 letters long Dziewięćsetdziewięćdziesięciodziewięcionarodowościowego that must take ages to write!
In this fun podcast we produced with RTE’ Junior you can hear Klara from Ireland. Her mum is from Poland and her dad is from Ireland. Here she talks about her favourite stories, visiting her granny in Poland and her favourite Polish food.

If you are a Polish speaker living abroad and want your child to keep up your language, here are some tips:

start as early as possible: speak Polish to your baby from birth, or as early as possible. 

make it part of your routines: use Polish regularly in your routines, from preparing breakfast, to walking to the park, to bed-time routines. 

make a plan: plan games and activities to do together in Polish, and check out our website for ideas and resources

identify resources: find books, games and other resources that can help you along the way.

find someone to help you: it is important for children to see that there are other families who speak Polish in their environment. Find a Polish speaking parent and toddler group in your area or arrange meetings with other families who speak Polish. For older children, try to find a language class so your child can experience the language and the culture also outside the home.

– Praise your child’s success: when your child says a new word, when they talk to you in Polish, or when they learn to read, don’t focus on the errors but praise their efforts and show them how much you enjoy speaking Polish to them. 

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