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Gina: Hello everyone and welcome back to PolishPod101.com. This is Absolute Beginner, season 1, lesson 2, First Meetings in Poland. I’m Gina.
Joanna: And I’m Joanna.
Gina: In this lesson, you'll learn how to introduce yourself.
Joanna: This conversation takes place in a cafe.
Gina: It’s between Gosia and Alex.
Joanna: The speakers are around the same age, so they’ll be using informal Polish.
Gina: Let’s listen to the conversation.
Gina: Let’s talk some more about Polish names. What’s interesting about them?
Joanna: Well there’s a few things. A lot of people might think Polish names are confusing though.
Gina: Why?
Joanna: Because almost every Polish name has one or sometimes even two or more diminutives, which very often look completely different than the full, original name.
Gina: Okay, now I understand why it can be confusing.
Joanna: Let me give you an example anyway.
Gina: That would be good!
Joanna: There’s the female name ‘Aleksandra’. It would be used in official situations and in documents.
Gina: I bet it changes drastically if a friend or a relative addresses Aleksandra though...
Joanna: It does! The name will become ‘Ola’ or ‘Olka’
Gina: But that sounds completely different!
Joanna: So sometimes it can be tricky, but as long as you use the version of name the person introduces himself or herself with, you’ll be fine.
Gina: For more examples of Polish names and their diminutives, be sure to check the lesson notes. For now, let’s move on to the vocab.
Gina: Let’s take a closer look at the usage of some of the words and phrases from this lesson. Joanna, what’s our first word?
Joanna: ‘fajny’
Gina: it has quite a few meanings, like “cool, nice, neat, and extra”.
Joanna: It’s one of those words that can be used only among your friends or family.
Gina: Is it a common word?
Joanna: Yes, it’s very common, especially among young people. Basically, everything we like or enjoy can be ‘fajny’.
Gina: This is the masculine form, right?
Joanna: That’s right.
Gina: Can you give us all three forms?
Joanna: Sure. Masculine is ‘fajny’, feminine is ‘fajna’ and neuter is ‘fajne’.
Gina: Okay, what’s next?
Joanna: A very useful question which is - ‘a ty?’.
Gina: which means “and you?”.
Joanna: It can also be translated as the English “how about you?”.
Gina: When do you use it?
Joanna: Whenever someone asks you something, and you’d like the person to answer too. Instead of repeating the question again, you can just say - ‘a ty?’.
Gina: What’s another situation where you can use that question?
Joanna: When you share some information about yourself, for example - ‘Lubię lody waniliowe’
Gina: “I like vanilla ice-cream”.
Joanna: if you want to know about your friends’ preference, just say - ‘a ty?’ - after the statement...
Gina: “how about you?” Okay, now onto the grammar.
Gina: In this lesson, you’ll learn about how to ask what somebody’s name is, and how to answer that question by yourself.
Joanna: Let’s start by learning how to say your name first. To do that you need to know the verb “być”.
Gina: Which means “to be”.
Joanna: The first person singular form of the verb “być” is ‘jestem’, so when you want to introduce yourself you simply say ‘jestem..’ and then give your name.
Gina: Ok...‘jestem Gina’.
Joanna: Perfect!!
Gina: Thank you!
Joanna: In the dialogue, after Gosia introduced herself with ‘Jestem Gosia’, she said ‘a ty?’
Gina: Meaning “and you?”.
Joanna: It’s the easiest way of asking somebody something, but to use it, you have to give the same information first. Just like Gosia did. First she told Alex her name and then asked for his, using the simple phrase ‘a ty?’.
Gina: But there’s also a more complex way of asking for someone’s name, isn’t there?
Joanna: Of course. We heard it in the dialogue. It goes like this - ‘jak masz na imię?’.
Gina: meaning “what’s your name?”
Joanna: listeners, repeat after me - ‘jak masz na imię?
Gina: (pause) “what’s your name?” It isn't a literal translation, right?
Joanna: No. The difference is that in Polish we use the verb ‘mieć’
Gina: which means “to have”. Let’s break down this question so the listeners know exactly how it’s done.
Joanna: We start off with the question word - ‘jak’.
Gina: Which literally means “how”, but we’ll stick to the English equivalent “what”.
Joanna: Then it’s followed by the second person form of the verb “to have”, which is ‘masz’. Next is the preposition ‘na’
Gina: which means ‘for’.
Joanna: And lastly ‘imię’
Gina: meaning “name”
Joanna: Altogether, it’s - ‘jak masz na imię?’
Gina: “what’s your name?”
Joanna: You can answer with your name only, or you can use ‘jestem...’ and then give your name
Gina: There’s another way of answering this question, but to find out what that is, be sure to check the notes for this lesson.


Gina: Okay, that’s it for this lesson. Thanks for listening everyone. And we’ll see you next time!
Joanna: Papa


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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Hello Listeners! Are you ready to introduce yourself in Polish?

Thursday at 04:12 AM
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Cześć! Jestem Katrina (or Kasia, speaking of diminutives looking/sounding nothing like the original name!) So grateful for this resource. I want to mention that the lesson transcripts have been incomplete for both lessons so far. I don't mean to complain, but as a hearing-impaired person trying to learn a (very challenging) language, the transcript is invaluable for comprehension.

Dziekuje bardzo!

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Cześć Alvin,

Thank you so much for your positive message! 😇❤️️

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

We wish you good luck with your language studies.



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Tuesday at 10:29 PM
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Cześć! Jestem Alvin.

Loving these lessons so far!

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Monday at 11:57 PM
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Cześć Lauren,

Witamy na pokładzie :) Niezmiernie miło Cię poznać :) Jesteśmy przekonani, że z PolishPod101.com nauka języka polskiego będzie dla Ciebie świetną zabawą.



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Monday at 06:43 AM
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Cześć, mam na imię Lauren. Jestem Amerikanką i mowię po angielsku. Jestem z Nowym Jorku ale mieszkam w Nowy Orlean. Jestem sekretarzą prawną. Uczę się jezyk polski od wielu lat. To jest bardzo trudny.

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Sunday at 06:37 PM
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Cześć Esther :)

Bardzo miło Cię poznać. Życzymy ciekawej przygody z językiem polskim!



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Sunday at 04:28 AM
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Cześć! Jestem Esther. :)

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Friday at 04:39 AM
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Hi Alyssa,

Thank you for posting.😄

It is not necessary to change your real name,

but if you really would like to pick up a name that sounds more Polish,

what about Alicja?



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Thursday at 01:13 PM
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Dzień dobry! Jestem alyssa a jestem dobrze. Jestem też z SIngapur.

(i am alyssa and i am well. I am albo from SIngapore)

Cześć! Do u mind suggesting a polish name from my name? (My name is alyssa)

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Thursday at 03:12 AM
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Cześć Leth,

It seems you figured the answer out by yourself. Great job 😄👍

"Jak masz na imię?" asks about your name, while "Jak się nazywasz?" asks about your first and last name.

- Jak masz na imię?

- Mam na imię Anna.

- Jak się nazywasz?

- Nazywam się Anna Nowak.

Hope that helps.



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