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How to prepare for the B1 exam? - how to pass
and not overwork yourself
1 Lip | 2023
Hello, dear reader! Are you planning to take the Polish language B1 level certified exam? If so, you've come to a great place! In this article, we will share with you 12 reliable tips that will help you successfully prepare for the exam and get the coveted certificate.
We assure you that learning Polish can be both effective and enjoyable!
We invite you to read more!
Gather your set of „weapons”: Get Polish language textbooks for B1 level, a collection of sample tests and a dictionary. These are your basic tools to help you get used to the exam requirements.
Polish language textbooks at B1 level we recommend:
- Z polskim na Ty, Podręcznik do nauki języka polskiego B1, Ewa Lipińska
- Polski na B1. Ćwiczenia przygotowujące do egzaminu certyfikatowego z języka polskiego jako obcego na poziomie B1, Berenika Wilczyńska
- Zdaj się na polski! Podręcznik przygotowujący do egzaminu na poziomie B1 książka, Barbara Lukaszewicz
Create a plan of action: Develop a study schedule that includes daily study sessions, repetition of material, test taking and time to relax. Also, a tasty coffee and a piece of pie* can prove invaluable 😊.
*Homemade apple pie – perfect for increased mental work 😊!
The Power of Vocabulary: Build your thematic vocabulary by exploring different areas such as food, travel, culture and more. Learn new expressions and idioms, then use them in everyday conversations. Surprise your friends!
Useful books for practicing vocabulary from A2 – B2 level:
- Słownictwo polskie w ćwiczeniach dla obcokrajowców, Anna Seretny
- Testuj swój polski. Słownictwo 2. Poziom A2-B1, Justyna Krztoń
- Słowa i słówka. Podręcznik do nauki języka polskiego, Rybicka Elżbieta
„Citizen” of Poland: Immerse yourself in the Polish language by watching movies and TV series in Polish, listening to Polish music and reading Polish texts. Learn about Polish culture and gain knowledge in the process.
Recommended Polish series (great for learning Polish):
– Ranczo – a cult comedy series about the Polish countryside and its inhabitants
– Wataha – about officers of the Polish border guards
– Rodzinka.pl – a funny production depicting the fate of one Warsaw family
Talk, talk, talk: Don’t be afraid to use the Polish language. Practice talking to other course participants, friends or even to yourself in the mirror. The more you talk, the more confident you will be during the exam.
And remember: if you try to speak Polish and someone responds to you in English, don’t give up, ask the interlocutor to address you in Polish.
Make friends with Polish grammar: Practice forming sentences, use different tenses and structures. Grammar lessons can be difficult, but just like with math – practice makes perfect!
We recommend videos on YouTube that explain grammar rules in Polish in an accessible way, e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaMDsNxgxto
Be like a detective: When you read texts, look for key information and details. Make reading an interactive adventure where you solve puzzles and uncover secrets.
Magic headphones: Listen to a variety of audio materials in Polish, such as recordings, podcasts, and songs. Let the sounds of the Polish language influence your ears and mind.
Recommended podcasts in Polish:
– „WojewódzkiKędzierski” podcast – cult conversations of famous influencers
– Karolina Korwin Piotrowska – has been looking at media, culture and the world of pop culture gossip for years.
– Joanna Okuniewska and her podcast „Me and my idiot friends”.
Find these and other podcasts at the link: https://nano.komputronik.pl/n/najlepsze-polskie-podcasty/
Master the art of writing: Practice creating texts on a variety of topics. Practice written essays, letters, descriptions of pictures. Use your imagination and creativity, and even add a dash of humor!
Books to practice writing:
- Zdaj się na polski. B1, Barbara Łukaszwicz
- Wypowiedzi ustne i pisemne. Karty pracy. Poziom 3, Zyta Czechowska
Try with impunity! Find available sample tests from previous years of the state certificate exam and solve them. It’s a great way to familiarize yourself with the exam format and evaluate your skills.
Don’t forget to rest: Remember that rest is as important as learning. Relax, do what you love, hang out with friends, take a trip. Your mind needs moments to breathe in order to work well on the exam!
Our recommended „green” places in Krakow? Here you go: you can find out everything from here!
And one last, very important piece of advice:
PUT YOURSELF IN THE HANDS OF SPECIALISTS: Enroll in a special Polish language course for foreigners that will prepare you for the exam. It is important that the course is conducted by experienced teachers who are also examiners, have in-depth knowledge of the exam requirements and will be able to prepare you accordingly.
If you want to take advantage of our offer – you are welcome! The B1 certificate exam preparation course at Varia Polish Language Center is designed not only to give you the necessary knowledge, but also to increase your confidence and language competence. Through a variety of classes, written and oral exercises, you will have the opportunity to improve your reading, listening, speaking and writing skills in Polish.
And Remember, the most important thing is to enjoy the learning process, be curious, experiment and laugh at your mistakes.
Good luck with your B1 certification!
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