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INTRODUCTION
Gina: Hello everyone and welcome back to PolishPod101.com. This is Absolute Beginner, season 1, lesson 3, Have You Lost Something in Poland? I’m Gina.
Joanna: And I’m Joanna.
Gina: In this lesson you'll learn how to say thanks.
Joanna: This conversation takes place in the street.
Gina: It’s between Alex and a pedestrian.
Joanna: The speakers are strangers, so they’ll be using formal Polish.
Gina: Let’s listen to the conversation.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Gina: Okay Joanna, let’s talk about courtesy towards strangers in Poland.
Joanna: Okay. What would you like to know?
Gina: Are there any special words or phrases that Poles use when they’re talking to a person they don’t know?
Joanna: Not really. The only ones are those used when addressing the person. They’re exactly the same as in English, for example, Mr. and Ms.
Gina: What are those Polish?
Joanna: Mr is ‘pan’, Ms. is ‘pani’. Or if there are many people, you would say ‘państwo’ when you’re addressing all of them.
Gina: And is ladies first a common custom in Poland?
Joanna: Yes. Even if a man and a woman are strangers, the man would let the woman go through the door first, or hold it for her.
Gina: That’s a nice thing to do!
Joanna: Definitely! There is more information about courtesy to strangers in Poland in the lesson notes, so be sure to check them out.
Gina: Okay, now let’s move on to the vocab.
KEY VOCAB AND PHRASES
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: ‘rękawiczka’
Gina: “a glove”
Joanna: The word I gave you a moment ago is a noun in its singular form, but it’s most commonly used in its plural form, which is ‘rękawiczki’.
Gina: “gloves”
Joanna: There are quite a few phrases and sayings that use this noun.
Gina: Ok, what are some examples?
Joanna: Well first of all there are a few kinds of gloves, right? So in Polish there are, for example - ‘skórzane rękawiczki’
Gina: “leather gloves”
Joanna: ‘męskie rękawiczki’
Gina: “men’s gloves”
Joanna: ‘damskie rękawiczki’
Gina: “women’s gloves”
Joanna: There’s also this very interesting saying - ‘załatwić coś w białych rękawiczkach’
Gina: which literally means “to do something in white gloves”
Joanna: It means to do something tactfully, quietly or without getting unnecessary attention.
Gina: That’s an interesting saying! What’s our next word?
Joanna: ‘proszę’
Gina: There are many different situations in which we can use that word
Joanna: Yes, it can be used like the English “please”, or when you hand something to someone, just like the English “here you are”.
Gina: In the dialogue, when Alex gave the glove to the lady, he said...
Joanna: ‘proszę’.
Gina: All right, what’s the last word?
Joanna: ‘naprawdę’
Gina: “really”
Joanna: In the dialogue it was used as a question. Here, the intonation is very important, because we have to express our surprise - ‘naprawdę?’.
Gina: Can it be used in affirmative sentences too?
Joanna: Yes, especially when you want to emphasize a feeling.
Gina: Like to mean “very very much”?
Joanna: Yes, for example - ‘naprawdę lubię lody owocowe!’
Gina: “I really like fruit ice cream!”
Joanna: For more information and interesting examples of sentences and phrases with the words we discussed here, please check the lesson notes
Gina: Okay, now onto the grammar.
GRAMMAR POINT
Gina: In this lesson, you’ll learn how to express thanks in Polish.
Joanna: Manners are important wherever you go, so pay attention, listeners!
Gina: How do we say “thank you” in Polish?
Joanna: ‘dziękuję’
Gina: Is this the formal or informal way?
Joanna: There’s no difference - it can be used in both situations.
Gina: I think in the dialogue the lady who dropped the glove said something more complex though.
Joanna: That’s right! You've got a good memory! The lady said ‘dziękuję bardzo’.
Gina: Meaning “thank you very much”.
Joanna: Listeners, feel free to add ‘bardzo’ if you think it’s more appropriate.
Gina: Now what if you want to be a little bit more specific, and say something like “thank you for help”.
Joanna: Then in Polish it would go like this - ‘dziękuję za pomoc’.
Gina: Let’s go through these phrases once more. Listeners, please repeat after Joanna.
Joanna: ‘dziękuję’ [pause]
Gina: (pause) “thank you”
Joanna: ‘dziękuję bardzo’ [pause]
Gina: (pause) “thank you very much”
Joanna: ‘dziękuję za pomoc’ [pause]
Gina: (pause) “thank you for help”
Joanna: Great job, everyone!
Gina: Are there any ways of expressing thanks when you’re in an informal situation?
Joanna: Sure, you can use ‘dzięki’
Gina: meaning “thanks”.
Joanna: But you should be careful about using ‘dzięki’.
Gina: Why?
Joanna: Because sometimes it’s simply not enough to say only ‘dzięki’, so you should choose the correct form wisely. We usually use ‘dzięki’ when someone helped us with something small, or not very important. And most importantly, try to avoid saying ‘dzięki’ to older people or strangers.
Gina: Listeners, did you hear that? That’s some important advice!
Joanna: There are also a few ways of responding to thanks.
Gina: For example?
Joanna: One of the most common responses is - ‘proszę bardzo’ or simply ‘proszę’.
Gina: It can be translated as the English “here you are”.
Joanna: yes and the most basic meaning of the word ‘proszę’ is “please”, but we also use it as a response to someone’s thanks.
Gina: What about “you’re welcome”?
Joanna: In Polish it is - ‘nie ma za co’.
Gina: What’s the literal meaning?
Joanna: it means something like “there’s nothing to thank for”.
Gina: In the lesson notes, you will find more popular responses to someone thanking you.
Joanna: So please check them out.

Outro

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

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Cześć Josh,


Great to hear! 😇 Thank you for being here with us and feel free to let us know if you have any questions along the way!

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Josh
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Cześć!

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I am trying to become fluent! This is helping a lot for an absolute beginner! Thank you for your help!😁

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Dzięki, że uczysz się z nami polskiego! 👍



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Josh Kiss
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We are very happy to hear that, thank you! ❤️️

Please let us know if you have any questions, we are here to help.


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Dylan Jones
Friday at 10:38 AM
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Cześć PolishPod101,

Dziękuję bardzo!


According to another app that I use, I know 152 Polish words including the ones I have learnt on this course. However, with the help of the course I have been able to improve my listening and pronunciation of the words so that I can say certain words and sentences to a Polish colleague.


I have also just finished lessons 1-3 and printed all the resources for them so that I can always get to them.


Thank you for boosting my Polish knowledge so quickly and I am definitely recommending this to a friend.

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Cześć Olu and Donald,


It is always great to hear from our students therefore your feedback is highly valuable to us. Thank you for sharing! 😇


We took note of them and will consider for the future development of our materials.


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Donald Delpeche
Wednesday at 07:16 PM
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Not a comment, but actually a suggestion. Someone should be able in the word bank to type a word in and input its meaning. Sometimes I find that I want to remember a certain word but it is not in the vocabulary..

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Or "the" help even 😜