Polish I

In this introductory course, you develop a strong foundation in the Polish language through the study of grammar, vocabulary and speaking skills. The course covers key grammar concepts such as noun case, gender and adjective agreement, while expanding your vocabulary with common objects. The speaking component focuses on mastering the alphabet and basic counting.

As the course progresses, you delve into pronouns, verb conjugations, greetings, colors and features of people. You also learn the instrumental case, engage in small talk about family and professions, and cover topics like the accusative case, hobbies, telling time and ordering food. A comprehensive review of noun cases and verb conjugation is conducted, accompanied by vocabulary related to clothing. By the end of the course, you will have a solid understanding of grammar, a diverse vocabulary and the ability to communicate in various everyday situations.

Required Textbook (CD or MP3 not required)
“Hurra Po Polsku 1,” Volume 1 by Aneta Szymkiewicz and Malgorzata Malolepsza
ISBN 978-8360229385

Recommended Textbooks
“Czesc Jak Sie Masz” by Wladyslaw Miodunka
ISBN 978-8324231089

“Polish Verbs and Essentials of Grammar” by Oscar Swan
ISBN 978-0071597463


Margaret Naczek

Margaret Naczek

Margaret Naczek, a dual citizen of the United States and Poland, completed her undergraduate degree in Polish language and journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2017. She has also studied Polish language at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as well ... read more

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Expand your vocabulary to include family members and professions, counting, colors, features of people, hobbies, food and drinks, clothing and more!
  • Develop conversational skills by learning common greetings and goodbyes, engaging in small talk, building relationships and practical conversation.
  • Learn essential verb conjugations, improving sentence formation and expression including present tense verb conjugation patterns (-m, -sz) and “być” (to be), “mieć” (to have), “isć” (to go) and “chcieć” (to want) for common verbs.
  • Acquire proficiency in using the accusative case for indicating direct objects.
  • Gain a solid understanding of Polish noun cases, including gender agreement and instrumental case usage.


This course is for beginning Polish speakers; there is no prerequisite.


This is a noncredit enrichment program. Progress and courses completed are marked by Continuing Education Units. CEUs are not transferable to college or university transcripts.

Date: 10 Sun, Sept 8-Nov 10, 2024

Delivery Method: Live Online

Time: 6-7:30pm CT

Platform: Canvas

Instructor: Margaret Naczek


$229 by Aug 25, 2024
$249 after Aug 25, 2024

Discounts Available

Discount CodeDescription
Early Registration Discount Register by Sun, Aug 25, 2024 and receive $20 off.

ACTIVE Osher members receive 10% discount on Language courses. Contact the the Languages Department at languages@uwm.edu for any questions.


As an ACTIVE member of the Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee Organization (HPGM) receive a 10% discount on this language program.

Early registration discounts will subtract automatically from the fee if the registration is submitted prior to the deadline. All other discounts require the code in the left column to be entered on the registration form. Only one discount code can be entered on a registration form.


Discounts Available

CEUs: 1.5

Enrollment Limit: 20

Program Number: 7781-16375

Registration Deadline: Sept 6, 2024

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