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Gabriella: Hello everyone and welcome back to PolishPod101.com. This is Absolute Beginner, season 1, lesson 9, Don’t be Late for Your Polish Meeting! I’m Gabriella.
Joanna: And I’m Joanna.
Gabriella: In this lesson you'll learn numbers from 11 to 50
Joanna: This conversation takes place in a cafe.
Gabriella: It’s between Gosia and Alex.
Joanna: The speakers are friends, so they’ll be using informal Polish.
Gabriella: In the dialogue, Alex was running late for a meeting. Let’s talk about how punctual the Poles really are.
Joanna: Good idea. I would really like to say that we are punctual, but it all depends on the person and the situation.
Gabriella: Okay, how about being late for work. Is that acceptable?
Joanna: Not at all! We are pretty strict in Poland and according to surveys 49% of Poles consider that unacceptable.
Gabriella: How about when meeting friends?
Joanna: Then it just depends on the person, but recently people are caring less and less about being punctual, so much so that it feels like many are losing respect for the other person’s time.
Gabriella: How about Polish transportation?
Joanna: Oh, well there we can expect lateness almost always! It’s not really surprising when it turns out that the bus just doesn’t arrive on time, or that trains are 30 minutes or even 1 hour late.
Gabriella: So what about our listeners, if they go to Poland, does this mean they shouldn’t panic when their train doesn’t arrive on time?
Joanna: Exactly, just wait and try to get information about the length of the delay.
Gabriella: Okay, keep that in mind, listeners!
Gabriella: Let’s take a closer look at the usage of some of the words and phrases from this lesson. Joanna, what’s the first word?
Joanna: ‘podwozić’
Gabriella: “to give someone a ride”
Joanna: It’s a pretty difficult word to pronounce, so try to repeat after me - ‘podwozić’
Gabriella: .... (pause) Are there any useful phrases with this verb?
Joanna: There are a few, for example: ‘podwieziesz mnie?’
Gabriella: “Can you give me a ride?”
Joanna: As you can see, we use this phrase to ask someone for a ride.
Gabriella: What if we want to offer it to someone?
Joanna: Then the question will sound like this - ‘podwieźć cię?’
Gabriella: Okay, what’s the next word?
Joanna: ‘spóźniony’
Gabriella: “late / to be late”
Joanna: it’s an adjective, which derives from the verb ‘spóźniać się’
Gabriella: Alex used it in this lesson’s dialogue.
Joanna: That’s right. He said - ‘jestem spóźniony na spotkanie’
Gabriella: “I’m late for the meeting”
Joanna: He could also say ‘jestem spóźniony’
Gabriella: “I’m late”
Joanna: If it’s a female speaking, then she would say - ‘jestem spóźniona’
Gabriella: which also means “I’m late”
Joanna: Exactly.
Gabriella: Now that we have learned a few new words, let’s move onto the grammar.
Gabriella: In this lesson, you’ll learn about Polish numbers.
Joanna: We’ll master numbers from 11 - 50.
Gabriella: Does everyone remember the first 10 numbers we talked about in the last lesson?
Joanna: Hopefully everyone does, because it will help a lot in mastering the following numbers.
Gabriella: Let’s do it the same way as last time. Joanna will give you the Polish, then you’ll have a few seconds to repeat after her. After that I’ll give you the English.
Joanna: ‘jedenaście’
Gabriella: (pause) “eleven”
Joanna: ‘dwanaście’
Gabriella: (pause) “twelve”
Joanna: ‘trzynaście’
Gabriella: (pause) “thirteen”
Joanna: ‘czternaście’
Gabriella: (pause) “fourteen”
Joanna: ‘piętnaście’
Gabriella: (pause) “fifteen”
Joanna: ‘szesnaście’
Gabriella: (pause) “sixteen”
Joanna: ‘siedemnaście’
Gabriella: (pause) “seventeen”
Joanna: ‘osiemnaście’
Gabriella: (pause) “eighteen”
Joanna: ‘dziewiętnaście’
Gabriella: (pause) “nineteen”
Joanna: ‘dwadzieścia’
Gabriella: (pause) “twenty”
Gabriella: Great job, everyone!
Joanna: You may have noticed that numbers - ‘jedenaście, dwanaście, trzynaście, siedemnaście and osiemnaście
Gabriella: in English - eleven, twelve, thirteen, seventeen and eighteen...
Joanna: ...are created from the numbers you’ve learned in the last lesson and the ending - naście
Gabriella: Let’s break up “seventeen”
Joanna: there is ‘siedem’ and the ending ‘-naście’, which gives us ‘siedemnaście’
Gabriella: That’s so easy! Just like in English!
Joanna: In the remaining numbers there are a few changes though, please pay extra attention to that
Gabriella: In the lesson notes you will find a detailed explanation of where and what changes were made.
Joanna: Now let’s learn the following numbers.
Joanna: ‘dwadzieścia’
Gabriella: (pause) “twenty”
Joanna: ‘dwadzieścia jeden’
Gabriella: (pause) “twenty-one”
Joanna: dwadzieścia dwa
Gabriella: (pause) “twenty-two”
Joanna: ‘dwadzieścia trzy’
Gabriella: (pause) “twenty-three”
Joanna: ‘dwadzieścia cztery’
Gabriella: (pause) “twenty-four”
Gabriella: As you can see, these numbers are very easy.
Joanna: Finally you agree with me, that Polish is easy!
Gabriella: Only sometimes!
Joanna: Anyway, just remember “twenty” in Polish - ‘dwadzieścia’ and add the numbers you’ve learned last time! like “twenty one” - ‘dwadzieścia’ and ‘jeden’ - ‘dwadzieścia jeden’
Gabriella: Let’s move on to the bigger numbers now.
Joanna ‘trzydzieści’.
Gabriella (pause) “thirty”
Joanna: ‘czterdzieści’
Gabriella: (pause)“forty”.
Joanna: ‘pięćdziesiąt’
Gabriella: (pause) “fifty”
Gabriella: Here again the general rule is the same as in English.
Joanna: Yes, let’s do a bit of small practice.
Gabriella: How do we say “forty-seven” in Polish?
Joanna: ‘czterdzieści siedem’. First we have ‘czterdzieści’
Gabriella: meaning “forty”
Joanna: and ‘siedem’
Gabriella: meaning “seven”
Joanna: “forty-seven” - ‘czterdzieści siedem’
Gabriella: You can also find instructions on how to talk about and ask for the time in the lesson notes, so make sure you check it and learn them!


Gabriella: Okay, that’s it for this lesson.
Joanna: Thanks for listening, and don’t miss the next lesson in which we will learn…
Gabriella: … how to talk about dates.
Joanna: I can’t wait!
Gabriella: All will be revealed in the next lesson - see you then!


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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Hello Listeners! Is punctuality important in your country?

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Tuesday at 07:45 PM
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Hi Carline

Lol, I agree with you, Germans are always very punctual and expect punctuality too, which is nothing bad really!:)



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Tuesday at 07:43 PM
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Hi Greg

Thank you for your feedback. Very often in everyday Polish (and not only in Polish!) people pronounce words quickly and not perfectly correct, which may sound a little bit 'blurry'. It is good to listen to that kind of pronunciation to get used to it. It's very common and 'natural' way to speak (especially in everyday situations, between frinds etc.) though it may seem careess and a little bit challenging to understand (especially for non-natives!).

Good luck!



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Monday at 01:50 AM
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In Germany is punctuality EVERYTHING!?

Wednesday at 03:44 AM
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The very first time through the dialog, "Alex" is supposed to say, "Jestem spóźniony na spotkanie," but not even my Polish friends can make out the "jestem." It's more like "jjżż." Why is that?