Two latest dictionaries by dr Małgorzata Kowalczyk and professor Maciej Widawski: Podstawowy słownik potocznych frazeologizmów amerykańskich and its twin Podstawowy słownik potocznych frazeologizmów brytyjskich were published by the University of Silesia Press.

These are the first dictionaries in Poland devoted to American and British colloquialisms. Due to their semantic and emotional load, these expressions are extremely useful in everyday communication. Each of the dictionaries includes 500 entries and 1,700 examples. The entries contain grammatical and stylistic information, colloquial Polish equivalents and definitions in standard Polish, as well as contextual examples of use.


The material comes from an extensive database of film, TV, press, internet and conversation quotes collected during field research in the US and UK. Combining functionality with science, dictionaries are a source of practical knowledge about colloquialisms. They will be useful for everyone who wants to be fluent in American and British English and for those who want to improve their functional knowledge of everyday English.

Dr Małgorzata Kowalczyk is a specialist in the field of lexicography and sociolinguistics dealing with language varieties and their description. Conducted research i.a. at Stanford University, Yale University and University of California in Berkeley (as visiting professor). Lecturer in philology at the Pomeranian University and the WSB University in Gdańsk. Author of over a dozen books, including Americanisms (Gdańsk University Press, 2013).


Professor dr hab. Maciej Widawski is a leading Polish sociolinguist and lexicographer dealing with varieties of the English language. A scholarship holder of the Fulbright Foundation and the Polish Science Foundation. Conducted research i.a. at Harvard University and Stanford University. Long-time lecturer in philology at the University of Gdańsk and the WSB University in Gdańsk. Author of several dozen books, including African American Slang (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

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