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INTRODUCTION
Gabriella: Hello everyone and welcome back to PolishPod101.com. This is Absolute Beginner, season 1, lesson 10, Are You Stressing Over Your Polish Driving Test? I’m Gabriella.
Joanna: And I’m Joanna.
Gabriella: In this lesson you'll learn how to talk about dates.
Joanna: This conversation takes place at home.
Gabriella: It’s between Gosia and Alex.
Joanna: The speakers are friends, so they’ll be using informal Polish.
Gabriella: Let’s listen to the conversation.
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Gabriella: Is getting a driver’s licence in Poland easy?
Joanna: I wouldn’t say it’s easy. First of all, it’s very expensive, especially when you fail the first examination, which happens to most people.
Gabriella: Why is that? Is it because of the difficulty of the exam?
Joanna: Partly yes. The cost increases with every retake of the exam, and then you have to pay again and again…
Gabriella: How long do people practice before taking the exam?
Joanna: It’s 20 hours of theory and from 20-30 hours of driving practice, which includes both driving at the school grounds and in the city
Gabriella: And how old do you have to be to get a driver’s licence in Poland?
Joanna: For smaller vehicles it’s 16, and for regular cars and bikes it’s 18.
Gabriella: Okay, now let’s move on to the vocab.
KEY VOCAB AND PHRASES
Gabriella: Let’s take a closer look at the usage of some of the words and phrases from this lesson. Joanna, what’s the first word?
Joanna: This time we’ll start off with a phrase, and it’s ‘prawo jazdy’
Gabriella: “driving licence”
Joanna: ‘prawo’ means
Gabriella: “right, law or claim”
Joanna: then ‘jazdy’ is a genitive form of the noun ‘jazda’
Gabriella: which means “ride or drive”
Joanna: Just a moment ago I mentioned something called the genitive form.
Gabriella: Yes, what’s that?
Joanna: It is one of the grammatical cases, but please don’t worry about it. We will learn about it in the next series, for now just remember..
Gabriella: that “driving licence” is
Joanna: ‘prawo jazdy’
Gabriella: Ok. What’s the next word?
Joanna: ‘dzisiaj’
Gabriella: “today”
Joanna: there’s one more word in Polish that has exactly the same meaning, and it’s ‘dziś’
Gabriella: So we can use either of them?
Joanna: Yes, it’s completely up to the speaker
Gabriella: How would we say “this morning” in Polish?
Joanna: ‘dzisiaj rano’ or ‘dziś rano’
Gabriella: ...and that literally means “today in the morning”
Joanna: Yes, your Polish understanding is amazing!
Gabriella: I’m really proud of myself!
Joanna: I hope our listeners are doing as well as you are!
Gabriella: (laughs) I think we should hear one or two more useful phrases with the words we’ve just learned
Joanna: Okay. So we’ve learned ‘dzisiaj rano’ or ‘dziś rano’. If you want to talk about another time of the day, start with ‘dzisiaj’ or ‘dziś’ and then add the name of time of the day, for example - ‘dziś wieczorem’
Gabriella: “this evening”
Joanna: Then if you want to say that you’ll start something from today, it will be ‘od dzisiaj’
Gabriella: “from today”
Joanna: For more examples, please refer to the notes of this lesson.
Gabriella: Okay, now onto the grammar.
GRAMMAR POINT
Gabriella: In this lesson, you’ll learn how to talk about dates.
Joanna: We hope that all of you, have mastered numbers perfectly, listeners!
Gabriella: Because that knowledge will come in handy in this lesson!
Joanna: In the dialogue we heard the question - ‘który dzisiaj jest?’
Gabriella: literally meaning “which day is it today?”, but we’ll stick to the English equivalent, which is “what day is it today?”
Joanna: The components of the question are - the pronoun ‘który’
Gabriella: meaning “which”
Joanna: then ‘dzisiaj’
Gabriella: meaning “today”
Joanna: and lastly ‘jest’, which is the third person singular form of the verb ‘być’
Gabriella: meaning “it is”
Joanna: So altogether we have - ‘który dzisiaj jest?’
Gabriella: “what day is it today?”
Joanna: Answering the question is even easier, because all you have to do is give the date, just like you heard in the dialogue!
Gabriella: Let’s go through the first ten numerals, so that we can practice later a little bit
Joanna: Good idea! As always, everyone, try repeating after me.
Joanna: ‘pierwszy’
Gabriella: (pause) “first”
Joanna: ‘drugi’
Gabriella: (pause) “second”
Joanna: ‘trzeci’
Gabriella: (pause) “third”
Joanna: ‘czwarty’
Gabriella: (pause) “forth”
Joanna: ‘piąty’
Gabriella: (pause) “fifth”
Joanna: ‘szósty’
Gabriella: (pause) “sixth”
Joanna: ‘siódmy’
Gabriella: (pause) “seventh”
Joanna: ‘ósmy’
Gabriella: (pause) “eighth”
Joanna: ‘dziewiąty’
Gabriella: (pause) “ninth”
Joanna: ‘dziesiąty’
Gabriella: (pause) “tenth”
Gabriella: As you can see, all the numerals are based on the numbers we went through in the past two lessons.
Joanna: Please note that all the forms given here are in masculine form.
Gabriella: That’s why they end with the vowel “y”
Joanna: Now, let’s get to know the remaining numerals.
Joanna: ‘jedenasty’
Gabriella: “eleventh”
Joanna: ‘dwunasty’
Gabriella: (pause) “twelfth”
Joanna: ‘trzynasty’
Gabriella: (pause) “thirteenth”
Joanna: ‘czternasty’
Gabriella: (pause) “fourteenth”
Joanna: ‘piętnasty’
Gabriella: (pause) “fifteenth”
Joanna: ‘szesnasty’
Gabriella: (pause) “sixteenth”
Joanna: ‘siedemnasty’
Gabriella: (pause) “seventeenth”
Joanna: ‘osiemnasty’
Gabriella: (pause) “eighteenth”
Joanna: ‘dziewiętnasty’
Gabriella: (pause) “nineteenth”
Joanna: ‘dwudziesty’
Gabriella: (pause) “twentieth”
Joanna: ‘trzydziesty’
Gabriella: (pause) “thirtieth”
Gabriella: Good job, everyone! Now let’s try to answer the question we learned a few minutes ago.
Joanna: ‘który dzisiaj jest?’
Gabriella: “what day is it today?”
Joanna: ‘siódmy’
Gabriella: “seventh”
Joanna: Not that hard, is it!
Gabriella: Just learn the numerals and you’ll be able to talk about dates... fluently!

Outro

Gabriella: Okay, that’s it for this lesson.
Joanna: We hope you enjoyed this lesson, and join us for the next one!
Gabriella: Yes, so be sure to check the lesson notes and we’ll see you next time!
Joanna: Papa.
Gabriella: Thanks for listening, bye!

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Hello Listeners! Have you ever driven in a foreign country, such as Poland?

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Saturday at 06:53 PM
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Cześć Gabriel Volpe,


Thank you for posting.


Yes, you're right - we say "szósty grudnia" (Genitive), not "szósty grudzień".

In this lesson, the focus is put on Polish ordinal numbers, and probably this is why the authors of this lesson decided not to complicate it more. By the way, many Poles tell dates without using Genitive, even though it is incorrect, so it is good to know both expressions!


Should you have any questions, please let us know.


Sincerely,

Hanna

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Gabriel Volpe
Sunday at 10:48 PM
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The lesson says, for example, that "szósty grudzień" means "Sixth December". I guess that's the literal way of expressing each individual word but not how you put them together, is it?


In English, you would say either "Sixth of December" or "December Sixth". Isn't it in Polish "Szósty grudnia"?


Thanks!

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Saturday at 05:38 PM
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Hi Larry,


Dziękuję, to miłe!


Dziewiąty (oridinal) sierpnia - to tell dates

Dziewiątego (Genitive) sierpnia - to tell when something takes place, occurs

Can you give us an example with the locative form of numbers?

You can use locative case with the month, for example - "w sierpniu" - to tell when something takes place or happens


Dzisiaj jest dziewiąty sierpnia.

Dziewiątego sierpnia jadę do Chin.

W sierpniu jadę do Chin.


Let us know if you need a more detailed explanation or have other questions.



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Hanna

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Larry
Tuesday at 04:42 AM
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Cześć. Świetna odpowiedź! Dziękuję bardzo.


Depending on what one wants to say, speaking and writing dates can use ordinal, genitive or locative forms of numbers. I haven’t been able to find consistent information about when each form is used. Could you either give or advise where we could see some examples? Your explanations are always good and make me feel like I’m really learning Polish.

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Friday at 07:39 PM
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Hi Larry,


Thank you for posting.

"Dziewiąty sierpień" is incorrect, because it means "the ninth August", not "the ninth of August". It sounds like there would be nine Augusts.

Many Polish people do this mistake and use the nominative form of the month, but it is incorrect. It's a very common mistake.

You should use the Genitive form of the month, like sierpnia, września, grudnia, not the nominative (sierpień, wrzesień, grudzień).


Should you have any questions, please let us know.


Sincerely,

Hanna

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Larry
Sunday at 11:30 PM
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Cześć. I’m confused. The assessment asked “How do you say ninth august in Polish.” I answered dziewiąty sierpień but the quiz answer given is dziewiąty sierpnia which would seem to be ninth of August. When would one use dziewiąty sierpień instead of dziewiąty sierpnia? Thank you.

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Wednesday at 11:00 PM
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HI Erik


It is interesting to find out how it works in different countries, isn't it? Thank you for your comment!


Cheers:sunglasses:

Basia

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Erik Herndon
Sunday at 01:02 AM
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It is hard to generalize for America as a whole but most folks value punctuality. I live in Atlanta, GA so there are often unexpected traffic delays and so part of our culture is working with the commutes. Often if I have an important meeting I leave quite early and I give my colleagues an early arrival time prior to the actual start (say 10:30 for a 11:00 start). Anyways, a very helpful lesson!

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Thursday at 10:52 AM
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Hej Hussam


Faktycznie jest ;-)


Pozdrawiam

Piotr

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Hussam
Monday at 03:35 AM
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Dziś jest piękny dzień :smile: