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Gabriella: Hello everyone and welcome back to PolishPod101.com. This is Absolute Beginner, season 1, lesson 12, Let's Ride The Polish Bus! I’m Gabriella.
Joanna: And I’m Joanna.
Gabriella: In this lesson you'll learn how to ask about prices.
Joanna: This conversation takes place at a kiosk.
Gabriella: It’s between Alex and a sales clerk
Joanna: The speakers are strangers, so they’ll be using formal Polish.
Gabriella: How can you get around a Polish city if you don’t have a car?
Joanna: The bus is the best way, and in some cities also trams or even trolleys.
Gabriella: A trolley? Like a shopping trolley?
Joanna: [laughter] No, Gabriella! They are like buses.
Gabriella: And are trolleys quite an unusual sight in Poland?
Joanna: Yes, they are, except for in the cities - Gdynia, Sopot, Lublin and Tychy, where trolleys are a regular mean of transportation
Gabriella: What about tickets? What’s the system in Poland?
Joanna: First of all, there are single tickets - we actually call them “normal tickets”, which in Polish we call ‘bilet normalny’ and half-price tickets, which we call ‘bilet ulgowy’.
Gabriella: Any others?
Joanna: Yes, but I think it would be best if our listeners check the lesson notes for that information.
Gabriella: Okay, let me ask you one more question - is there a metro in Poland?
Joanna: Yes, but only in the capital city - Warszawa.
Gabriella: Okay, those are some good tips.
Gabriella: Let’s take a closer look at some of the words and phrases from this lesson. Joanna, what’s the first word?
Joanna: ‘cały’
Gabriella: “whole, all, full”
Joanna: In the dialogue, the phrase ‘cały bilet’ was used.
Gabriella: Can you remind us what it means?
Joanna: It means “single ticket” for an adult. There are two names for this kind of ticket - ‘normalny bilet’, which literally means...
Gabriella: “normal ticket”
Joanna: and ‘cały bilet’, which literally means...
Gabriella: “whole ticket”
Joanna: There are also some other phrases which include the adjective ‘cały’
Gabriella: Let’s hear them.
Joanna: for example - ‘cały czas’
Gabriella: meaning “all the time”
Joanna: or ‘z całej siły’
Gabriella: meaning “with all strength”
Joanna: another example of a phrase with the adjective would be ‘z calą pewnością’
Gabriella: what does it mean?
Joanna: “certainly”
Gabriella: but the literal meaning is slightly different, isn’t it?
Joanna: yes, it’s “with all certainty”
Gabriella: okay, what’s the next word you’ll tell us about?
Joanna: it’s the adjective - ‘ulgowy’. It derives from the noun ‘ulga’
Gabriella: which means “reduction” or “relief”
Joanna: the adjective ‘ulgowy’ is most commonly used when talking about all kinds of tickets
Gabriella: you mean tickets for means of transportation?
Joanna: not just those - I mean ALL kinds of tickets, for the theater, cinema, football game, amusement park, anything. Most of the time there are two options, a regular ticket and a half-price ticket, which we call ‘ulgowy’ in Polish
Gabriella: Let’s have our listeners repeat after you. single or normal ticket is?
Joanna: ‘cały bilet’
Gabriella: (pause) and “reduced ticket”
Joanna: ‘bilet ulgowy’
Gabriella: Okay, now onto the grammar.
Gabriella: In this lesson, you’ll learn how to talk about prices in Polish
Joanna: Let’s start with the most basic question about price, which is - ‘ile to kosztuje?’
Gabriella: “How much does it cost?”
Joanna: The first component of the question is the pronoun ‘ile’
Gabriella: meaning “how much”
Joanna: then we have ‘to’
Gabriella: meaning “this”
Joanna: and at the end the verb ‘kosztuje’, which is the third person singular form of ‘kosztować’
Gabriella: “to cost”
Joanna: Altogether - ‘ile to kosztuje?’
Gabriella: “how much does it cost?” This way of asking about the price is only good when you can point to the object you’re talking about. If you can’t do that, then the sales clerk won’t know which goods you’re asking about. In that case, you need a more specific question.
Joanna: Exactly. We heard it in the dialogue.
Gabriella: Can you say it for us again?
Joanna: Sure! It was ‘Ile kosztuje bilet autobusowy?’
Gabriella: “how much is a bus ticket?”
Joanna: This question can be used to ask about the price of any kind of object. Just start with ‘ile’
Gabriella: “how much”
Joanna: then say ‘kosztuje’
Gabriella: meaning “costs”
Joanna: and finish with the name of the object you want to know the price of.
Gabriella: Can you give us more examples?
Joanna: Of course! Let’s try asking about the price of tea - ‘Ile kosztuje herbata?’
Gabriella: “how much does the tea cost?”
Joanna: or ‘ile kosztuje barszcz’
Gabriella: “how much is beetroot soup?”
Joanna: Then the answer you will hear will be the price itself.
Gabriella: So make sure you know your Polish numbers!
Joanna: This is very important, because some people may try to take advantage of you if you’re not fluent in Polish.
Gabriella: Yes, sometimes it happens when you go abroad…
Joanna: But we have the solution to that, listeners! Just keep studying with us!


Gabriella: Thanks for listening, and don’t miss the next lesson, when we will revise everything we have learned so far!
Joanna: Papa.
Gabriella: Bye everyone!


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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Hello Listeners, are you ready to go shopping in Poland? Let's practice here!

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Friday at 11:35 PM
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Cześć Roxanne,

Bardzo dobrze 👍

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Sunday at 11:31 PM
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Dzień dobry! Ile kosztuje ta róża? Czy ta cena jest po obniżce?

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Monday at 03:54 PM
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Hi Joe Kussey,

Thank you for posting!

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Thursday at 07:04 AM
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OK, I see what happened. I became a Premium member. Is there a way to do line-by-line recording so I can listen with an mp3 player off line?


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Hi Joe

Thank you for your comment. Kindly have a look at (2) Lesson Materials -> Vocabulary -> Expansion .

We have some sample sentences there.

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Tuesday at 08:18 AM
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To whom it may concern,

I have been very impressed with Polishpod101 so far. The pdf's are very professionally done, nice cultural tips. Not too much is being packed into lessons.

The only thing that would make this site even better would be to provide some practice questions, fill in the blanks or something that allows one to practice what they learned. You have something similar with your flashcards. But this repetition would be useful in sentence formation - using the correct pronouns, adjective endings, etc. If anyone knows of such, let me know. I don't have anyone to speak Polish with, and that would improve my sentence formation skills.

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Hi Angelo

Thank you for your message. Yep, all your sentences are correct!



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Tuesday at 11:27 AM
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Let`s see

Ile kosztuje bilet do Krakowa?

Mam trzy bilety.

Czy masz bilety?