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Gabriella: Hello everyone and welcome back to PolishPod101.com. This is Absolute Beginner, season 1, lesson 14, Headbanging to Polish Heavy Metal. I’m Gabriella.
Joanna: And I’m Joanna.
Gabriella: In this lesson you'll learn how to talk about your hobbies.
Joanna: This conversation takes place in the park.
Gabriella: It’s between Gosia and Alex.
Joanna: The speakers are friends, so they’ll be using informal Polish.
Gabriella: In the dialogue, Alex mentioned death metal. Is this music very popular in Poland?
Joanna: It’s quite popular yes, and it’s getting more so these days! Poland is also quite well known for its metal abroad.
Gabriella: What bands exactly?
Joanna: For sure Vader, which play death metal. They’re well known to people who are into this kind of music.
Gabriella: Can you tell us more about that group?
Joanna: They were formed in 1983 and are often called the “Polish Slayer”, since they were precursors of death metal on the Polish scene
Gabriella: Does their name have any connection to the Star Wars’ Darth Vader?
Joanna: Yes! Their name comes from that character.
Gabriella: What are some interesting facts about them?
Joanna: They’re the only death metal band to sell 10,000 copies of a demo. Also they have played concerts in most European countries and also Japan, Peru, Mexico, Colombia, Nepal and Venezuela
Gabriella: ...places that not many bands go to!
Joanna: (laughs) That’s true, but I guess there are fans there!
Gabriella: Let's take a closer look at the usage for some of the words and phrases from this lesson. Joanna, what’s the first word?
Joanna: ‘fotografia’
Gabriella: “photography”
Joanna: The noun ‘fotografia’ has two meanings, the first one was used in the dialogue.
Gabriella: what’s the other one?
Joanna: “photograph” or in other words “picture”
Gabriella: but only the one taken by camera.
Joanna: Polish has quite a few words for the word “photograph”. First we have ‘fotografia’, then ‘zdjęcie’
Gabriella: which can be translated as the English “picture”
Joanna: And the more colloquial one - ‘fota’ or ‘fotka’
Gabriella: Equivalent to the English ‘pic’, as in a photo
Joanna: Another word I want to introduce to you is the noun ‘taniec’
Gabriella: “dance”
Joanna: If we talk about someone whose job is dancing, here again we have different versions for noun when it comes to gender
Gabriella: and so “male dancer” is
Joanna: ‘tancerz’
Gabriella: and “female dancer” is
Joanna: ‘tancerka’
Gabriella: There are many kinds of dances - can you give us a few examples?
Joanna: Of course! Let’s start with ‘taniec towarzyski’
Gabriella: “ballroom dance”
Joanna: Another example could be - ‘taniec ludowy’
Gabriella: “folk dance”
Joanna: The last word to talk about in this vocabulary section is - ‘hobby’
Gabriella: The same as the English “hobby”!
Joanna: Yes, exactly! There is no specific Polish word for hobbies, so we use the English one. There’s a very interesting fact about that word.
Gabriella: I’m all ears!
Joanna: In Polish, it’s form is always singular. It makes no difference whether you are talking about one specific hobby or several hobbies - it’s always just ‘hobby’.
Gabriella: Remember that, listeners! And now, let’s move on to the grammar.
Gabriella: In this lesson, you’ll learn how to talk about your hobbies.
Joanna: Finally something more pleasant, than memorizing Polish numerals, right Gabriella?
Gabriella: [laughter] You’re so right!
Joanna: Does everybody remember how to conjugate the verb ‘być’?
Gabriella: meaning “to be”
Joanna: I hope so, because we will need it to ask about someone’s hobby.
Gabriella: How does it sound?
Joanna: ‘Jakie masz hobby?’
Gabriella: “What are your hobbies?”
Joanna: We start off with the neuter pronoun ‘jakie’
Gabriella: here it means “what”
Joanna: then the verb ‘masz’, the second person singular form of the verb ‘mieć’
Gabriella: meaning “you have”
Joanna: and at the end the neuter noun ‘hobby’
Gabriella: in English “hobbies”
Joanna: We mentioned that in the vocabulary section. In Polish, ‘hobby’ doesn’t change its form. Whether you’re talking about one or many, it’s always the same form - ‘hobby’
Gabriella: Let’s hear the question once more
Joanna: ‘jakie masz hobby?’
Gabriella: “what are your hobbies?”
Joanna: Answering the question is also very easy. All you need to know is 4 simple words! In the dialogue, Alex said - ‘moje hobby to gry komputerowe’
Gabriella: Let’s break down this sentence.
Joanna: It starts with ‘moje’
Gabriella: meaning “my”
Joanna: then there is the noun ‘hobby’, followed by ‘to’
Gabriella: which is the equivalent of the English “is”
Joanna: and lastly something we really like, let’s say ‘gry komputerowe’
Gabriella: “computer games”
Joanna: Of course if you have more than one hobby, you can list a few or link two of them with ‘i’
Gabriella: meaning “and”
Joanna: ‘Moje hobby to gotowanie i muzyka’
Gabriella: “My hobbies are cooking and music”
Joanna: Gabriella, what’s your hobby?
Gabriella: Hmm...reading books!
Joanna: Okay, so if Gabriella was a good student she would say in Polish - ‘moje hobby to czytanie książek’
Gabriella: “My hobby is reading books”
Joanna: Great! Now you can ask and talk about your hobbies!
Gabriella: In the lesson notes, you will find more examples and a list of hobbies to practice with in Polish.


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, what is your hobby? Try to answer in Polish!

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Thursday at 09:13 PM
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Hi Ivy,

Thank you for posting👍


Please pay attention to the grammar case.

There are two ways to say that:

Moje hobby to fotografia i malowanie (Both "fotografia" and "malowanie" in Nominative).


Lubię fotografię i malowanie (Both "fotografię" and "malowanie" in Accusative, because of "lubić").

Let us know if you have any questions!



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Thursday at 09:50 PM
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Moje hobby to fotografię i malowanie.

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Friday at 11:04 PM
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Cześć Betty,

Thanks for posting!

You need Accusative case: fotografię, gram w pokera.

Ja też lubię fotografię i gram w pokera.

Let us know if you have any questions.



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Sunday at 12:41 PM
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Ja też lubię fotografia i gram poker.

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Friday at 11:42 PM
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Cześć Roxanne,

Perfect! 👍



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Wednesday at 01:17 PM
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Cześć! Moje hobby to czytanie książek i malowanie.

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Friday at 10:01 PM
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Cześć Marijo,

Dzięki, że dzielisz się z nami swoimi hobby!

Keep learning Polish 👍



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Friday at 01:52 AM
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Dla mnie są malowanie, czytanie, i mój wnuczek😄

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Friday at 04:07 PM
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Hello Yondu Lynowski,

Thank you so much for kind words. We always try to make courses include every part of daily life!

And as metal fans know - music is big part of life. :smiling_imp:

Keep learning with us!



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Hi Juan,

"Is" - jest

"it" - to

It might be confused but some sentences are difficult to translate them literally. So to keep sense such changes are needed. In polish we don't say 'Moje hobby jest", we say "moje hobby to.." which means "my hobby is.."

If you have questions please let us know.



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