“Wrocław na językach świata” means literally “Wrocław on tongues of the world”. “To be on tongues” (być na językach) is a Polish idiomatic expression meaning “to be talked about by many people”. People who meet in couples or groups and talk about their everyday life, about opinions and interests or differences and similarities there are between them.
These conversations lie at the heart of the Wrocław na językach świata campaign.
During this campaign, it is our city – Wrocław, a place connecting the indigenous Polish people with the foreigners, who have just come here and try to get familiar with Polish culture – that is talked about by many people – foreigners that have come to Wrocław in the pursuit of happiness, work or friendship – using their mother tongues. Their ability to understand the way the Polish people think and act, their mentality and tradition, namely the social integration of Wrocław inhabitants and the foreigners, relies on the Polish language skills of the latter ones and the acceptance of them by the Polish people.
The project of the Municipality of Wrocław, carried out by Wrocławskie Centrum Integracji (Wrocław Integration Centre), namely the campaign Wrocław na językach świata addresses the needs of Wrocław inhabitants, who want to get to know and understand their neighbours coming from various countries, as well as needs of foreigners, who want to understand the Polish people and get to know their culture, so as to feel as a legitimate part of the Polish society.
The campaign aims to:
- support the foreigners living in Wrocław in Polish language learning,
- help the foreigners to improve their language skills, which will enable them to benefit from the city’s offer and to participate in the active life of local community,
- get the Wrocław inhabitants involved in the process of social integration of foreigners living in Wrocław.
It takes two to tango – tandem meetings
We encourage Volunteers (Wrocław inhabitants) and Participants (foreigners) to meet in couples (so-called tandem meetings). If you’re interested, fill out the Application Form. Using the Volunteers Database and the Participants Database wen can find a partner for you and choose the right place and time. The volunteer can, if necessary, borrow books, exercises or flash cards to learn the language from us. All the activities are free of charge.
Two is already a crowd? Not for us!
If you want to meet in a larger group, we allow you to do so. The only thing you have to do is to contact us and let us know about the number of people, time and place of meetings, so that we can adjust the materials to the greater group’s needs. We can also offer organized classes led by one of our Partners. All the activities are free of charge.