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Gabriella: Hello everyone and welcome back to PolishPod101.com. This is Absolute Beginner, season 1, lesson 13, Experiencing a Bit of Polish Culture! I’m Gabriella.
Joanna: And I’m Joanna.
Gabriella: In this lesson, you'll revise all you have learned so far.
Joanna: This conversation takes place at the theater’s reception.
Gabriella: It’s between Alex and a receptionist.
Joanna: The speakers are strangers, so they’ll be using formal Polish.
Gabriella: So, Joanna, I want to hear all about the theater in Poland!
Joanna: What do you want to know?
Gabriella: Everything!
Joanna: That’s a lot! But okay, let me tell you that Polish theater dates back to the twelfth century and of course back in those day the main focus of the plays was religion.
Gabriella: How about in more modern times?
Joanna: Poland has a very dramatic history and was greatly affected by both World Wars, which also had a huge influence on theater. Many people, that includes artists too, were killed especially during WWII.
Gabriella: What happened next?
Joanna: Then, the popularization of TV didn’t make it any easier for the theater.. Now it’s not a very popular source of entertainment
Gabriella: I guess it’s the same all over the world..
Joanna: I think so too.. In Poland, many actors who are popular and star in many famous Polish movies, do act in theatrical plays too.
Gabriella: Let's have a closer look at the usage of some of the words and phrases from this lesson. Joanna, what’s the first word?
Joanna: ‘spektakl’
Gabriella: “show”
Joanna: When we talk about ‘spektakl’ in Polish, we are thinking of a theatrical play, or opera or ballet, not just any kind of a show
Gabriella: That’s really important to know!
Joanna: Now let’s practice some useful phrases that use the noun ‘spektakl’
Gabriella: Great idea!
Joanna: let’s start with ‘idę na spektakl’
Gabriella: “I’m going to see a theater play”
Joanna: ‘mam rezerwację na spektakl’
Gabriella: “I have a reservation for a show”
Joanna: the next word we want to tell you about, is ‘recepcjonista’
Gabriella: “receptionist”
Joanna: You will see this word in hotels especially.
Gabriella: We already know that every noun in Polish has gender. What gender is this noun?
Joanna: ‘recepcjonista’ is a masculine noun, so this version of the word refers to a male receptionist
Gabriella: okay...and what if it’s a woman?
Joanna: then we have to say ‘recepcjonistka’, then it’s a feminine noun
Gabriella: and what do we call the area where they work?
Joanna: it’s ‘recepcja’
Gabriella: Let’s practice pronunciation now. Please repeat after Joanna:
Joanna: ‘spektakl’
Gabriella: (pause) “show or theatrical play”
Joanna: ‘recepcjonista’
Gabriella: (pause) “male receptionist”
Joanna: ‘recepcjonistka’
Gabriella: (pause) “female receptionist”
Joanna: ‘recepcja’
Gabriella: (pause) “reception”
Joanna: You did a great job!
Gabriella: Okay, now onto the grammar.
Gabriella: In this lesson, we’ll review everything you’ve learned up to lesson 10.
Joanna: This is a great chance for you to practice, listeners!
Gabriella: Everyone, try to put yourself in this situation - you’re going to meet someone older than you, you’ve never met this person before, so you have to greet that person, introduce yourself and ask them for the same. Can you do that? You have a few seconds to think about it!
Joanna: (pause) Yes, because now I’m about to give you an example of what we should say…
Gabriella: Okay! Ready?
Joanna: ‘Dzień dobry’
Gabriella: “Good morning”
Joanna: ‘Jestem Joanna. Jak ma pani na imię?’
Gabriella: “I’m Joanna. What’s your name, ma’am?”
Joanna: Of course, if it’s happening in the evening, you’d have to say ‘dobry wieczór’
Gabriella: meaning “good evening”
Joanna: Then, if you’re asking a man about his name, then it should sound like this - ‘Jak ma pan na imię?’
Gabriella: “what’s your name, sir?”
Joanna: I hope you got it all right!
Gabriella: Now let’s practice something different. Now you’ll be asking a person around your age, about a country of their origin - later, you’ll ask them for their phone number
Joanna: Sounds like we’re going to prepare a pick up line!
Gabriella: (laughs) It does a little! Let’s get started.
Joanna: Cześć! Skąd jesteś?
Gabriella: “Hi! Where are you from?”
Joanna: Then the person answers, for example - ‘Jestem z Włoch’
Gabriella: “I’m from Italy”
Joanna: ‘Jaki masz numer telefonu?’
Gabriella: “What’s your phone number?”
Joanna: And hopefully the person gives you their number
Gabriella: Try to write it down when Joanna says it!
Joanna: ‘808-923-122’
Gabriella: Did you get it? Now check if you got it correctly - “808-923-122”
Joanna: In the lesson notes, you will have all the versions of asking questions and answering, so practice with a friend, or by yourself, trying to make a dialogue like we just did


Gabriella: Thank you for listening, everyone, and don’t miss the next lesson!
Joanna: It’s going to be fun, because we will learn how to talk about your hobbies!
Gabriella: See you next time!


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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Hello Listeners! Have you ever watched a Polish play?

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Wednesday at 10:19 PM
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Cześć Rafał,

I am not sure if there are subtitles but you can watch a full spektakl in Polish on YouTube. For example, https://youtu.be/6pwkswoAMig which is quite famous.Make your best to understand what actors are saying! :)



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Tuesday at 10:04 PM
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Dobry pomysł. Muszę to spróbować. (spektakl z napisami) Na Youtube ?

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Tuesday at 07:44 PM
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Hi Rafal,

Dzięki za komentarz.

Maybe try to watch spektakl with subtitles? :)

(Może spróbuj obejrzeć spektakl z napisami?)

Keep learning!


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Sunday at 10:52 PM
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Well, I've never seen a polish " spekatkl ", for now. When I will be fluent in polish, (meaning far away in the future) I really would like to.

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Tuesday at 01:25 PM
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Hello Hussam,

Well, as you said everyone has their own pace. It is up to you. If you feel you are fast, you can assess yourself using the self-assessment tests we have in each lesson. Also you can test yourself by watching some Polish shows, or listen to Polish music. If you think you are a bit slow, then you can try studying more lessons in one day.

It's up to you, you can study in a pace that's comfortable for you.

Have a nice day!


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Monday at 04:48 PM
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I know that everyone has their own pace, but generally speaking, is it good or bad that i got here in almost a month?

Thank you

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Thursday at 07:02 AM
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Hi Greg

L actually is and should be pronounced ( https://www.polishpod101.com/learningcenter/reference/dictionary/spektakl ) . Also please be informed that in Polish there are no silent letters. Everything is pronounced as written.



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Friday at 12:05 PM
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13 November 2014

Is the "L" silent in "spektakl"? I ask because it's not pronounced during the slow portion of the dialog.