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Television to learn Polish/English. What should I be watching?

19 Sep 2006 /  #1
Your views on TV please.

What programmes do you watch ?
What do you recommend ?
Can I learn English or Polish from it ?

Please, tell me anything that comes to mind regarding TV.
19 Sep 2006 /  #2
biased; owned by people/corporations as maniplulative tool :)
19 Sep 2006 /  #3
CNN and BBC Prime :)

TVP international channel which shows polish soaps and movies with english subtitles. Actually the only channel which is really helping me with my polish exposure..
19 Sep 2006 /  #4
I watch TVN24 a lot. Monika Olejnik show and Szkło kontaktowe. Also BBC, CNN and Deutche Welle (to learn German) and TV3Monde for pretty, well dressed French female anouncers and the sound of French. I watch some sports channels, too. Soccer and sometimes speedway.
19 Sep 2006 /  #5
Wroclaw...maybe you'll read this, our regional TV station called Ulster TV in N Ireland is doing a programme about Wroclaw on Thursday nite coming, 7.30pm local time about the mass exodus of people from your city and the mayor wanting them to come back.......!!

It is beautiful, and unique...has lots going for it.....hope to visit again in November!
OP Wroclaw  
19 Sep 2006 /  #6

It's a programme I'd love to see. I've heard stories of people being offered a bounty to come back. Also, some of the people here are more than a little pi**ed off because those who return are being offered higher wages than those who stayed. There are a lot of people here who don't want them back for this reason.

When you come in November I'll buy you a beer in Kelly's bar.

I remember when I lived in Ireland [age 5] my mum used to get annoyed with me because
every second word was "sure" or "surrrrre'
19 Sep 2006 /  #7
One of my favorite tv shows is available to see at TVP Niezła jazda
It's about bikes, bicycling. In polish. Recommended!
20 Sep 2006 /  #8
I know I am asking for the impossible, but is there any english online listing of the tv programs that I can refer to...

Okie.... now something very possible, is there any polish listing of tv programs online? Can some one please give a link for the same ?
20 Sep 2006 /  #9

I know of bbc world listing for Poland - here
20 Sep 2006 /  #10
When you come in November I'll buy you a beer in Kelly's bar.

Wroclaw - are you going to buy me one in December??
OP Wroclaw  
20 Sep 2006 /  #11

Yes. Just let me know a few days before you get here.

For those learning English, who have BBC Prime, use Teletext page 888 for English subtitles. Then you can listen and read. It will help you to catch some of the vocabulary. I don't know if this works with cable TV. We have satellite TV.

Rafal Dutkiewicz appears on BBC World - Hardtalk, 9th October.

He will be talking about the EU and work/jobs.

Check your TV listings for programme info.
8 Oct 2006 /  #12
This guy is so often on bbc recently that I start wondering if they are not paying for this PR promotions.
8 Oct 2006 /  #13
I quite like springwatch programs with Billy O - I suppose krysia would like it as she likes animals.
OP Wroclaw  
8 Oct 2006 /  #14

I don't know these programmes. Please, tell us more.
14 Oct 2006 /  #15
Wroclaw.. is it possible to get english subtitles by teletext for any other channels ? zone euopa would be great, but anything that I can have in english subtitles would be great.
OP Wroclaw  
14 Oct 2006 /  #16

Please tell me what system you have. Is it satellite: Canal +, Polsat. Or terrestrial. Or do you have cable.

The Canal + package has programmes in English. You just hit a button on the remote.

Polsat has some programmes in English. But I never watch it, so I can't help you much with that.

I think we need input from other posters on this subject. There are Polish programmes with English subtitles and English programmes with Polish sutitles. It's just a matter of finding them.
14 Oct 2006 /  #17
I love to watch Dragon Den, London tonight, news, home & away
14 Oct 2006 /  #18
On Polish TV they have their version of Strictly Come Dancing. It's called Taniec Gwiazdami.

I only watch it to see the beautiful women dressed in skimpy clothes !
14 Oct 2006 /  #19
English TV has tooooo many reality & Z list celebrity programs not all of them are bad but most :)

Celebrity come dancing ------> only thing worth watching it for is as spiritus said
Celebrity ice skating
Celebrity horse jumping ------> ffs about as good as what comes out of a horses ****
Celebritity big brother ------> Boring
Celebrity darts -------> really getting desperate now
Celebrity farm --------> same as horse jumping
Celebrity masterchef
Celebrity stars in their eyes
Celebrity fame academy
Celebrity the Match .........
Celebrity driving school
there are others , but for me these are some of the worst
14 Oct 2006 /  #20
Reality TV is the worst. That's all people watch in the US too. Sad how no one lives their own lives now. We resort to watching others.
14 Oct 2006 /  #21
Wroclaw - I have cable and I get a package of channels

Some being

TVP1, TV Polonia and all the TVP channels
Zone Europe
Ale Kino
Via Sat Explorer
TVN Siedem
Tele 5
TVN Turbo
OP Wroclaw  
14 Oct 2006 /  #22

Some of those are German so you won't be able to change anything.
But, if you have Bloomberg it might be the English version and Deutsche Welle has an English version. Polonia 1 has English subtitles [I think.] Zone Europe, try to change language on the decoder remote control.

Sometimes it's hit and miss. I've found good Arabic movies with English subtitles. At other times nothing.

Not much help am I. Sorry.
15 Oct 2006 /  #23
I think TV Polonia is aimed at Poles who live outside the country so many of their programs and serials are subtitled in English.

I suppose if you record the programme and play it back then it's a pretty good way to pick up the language.
22 Jan 2007 /  #24
For the ones with Cyfra+: CanalPlus and HBO have Polish subtitles on teletext. So you can listen to the original and watch the Polish subtitles. It's better than this narrator, anyway.
22 Jan 2007 /  #25
im in the uk and looking for a satellite system that doesnt cost the earth ie dish/receiver and card to be able to receive polish tv channels?

Have looked on Cyfra and Polsat websites but this doesnt give any info as to where to purchase in the UK from??

Im in Doncaster South Yorkshire if anyone can say who to contact in the area for a qoute??
OP Wroclaw  
22 Jan 2007 /  #26
Find the channel you want, then find the satellite which provides it, then find a company which uses that satellite.

Sometimes a company will only advertise the channels they think you want. But there maybe extra channels [not mentioned], which are the ones you want.

Ask a neighbour to check their system. Have them go through all the channels to see if they've got what you want. And take it from there.
22 Jan 2007 /  #27
My current neighbours are english wroclaw but i know they receive the german channels i only have sky digital at the minute, but would like the tv channels for polish tv when i move house to assist and aid in my understanding and learning of the language :)

I cant remember the system a friend of mine had in the shared house she was in that aired polish channels :)

the satellite systems i notice when i am out and about on houses are ISS ... PolSat .. Cyfra mainly ... i know i would not be interested in the sports channels lol as i dont watch them on sky digital ... i do watch entertainment channels for comedies and dramas ... music channels ... movie channels mainly my daughter watches all the cartoon ones but esp disney channel :)
OP Wroclaw  
22 Jan 2007 /  #28
Check PolSat and Cyfra

Polsat should carry: Polonia, TVPI, TVP2.

We need a bigger dish to get Sky, so you might need a bigger dish to get some or all of the channels you want.

Even with the same decoder a bigger dish will pick up more channels.

When you move house. Do you mean in England or do you mean to Poland ? Just checking.
22 Jan 2007 /  #29
move house in the UK not going to Poland till 2008 if i can find the work there :)

will check polsat and cyfra wroclaw ... i have a sky digital standard box receiver and the mini dish.
OP Wroclaw  
22 Jan 2007 /  #30
find out if a bigger dish will help. DON'T ask the Sky people. Ask someone else.

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