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Beata: All About Polish Lesson 12 - Top 5 Classroom Phrases in Polish
Nick: Hi, everyone, welcome back to the All About series!
Beata: In this lesson, you will learn the top five phrases you will hear in the classroom.
Nick: These are the phrases that both students and teachers alike will use often. You'll get a head start by already knowing these phrases!
Beata: Especially since very often teachers try to speak Polish from the very first class and they expect you to follow and comprehend what's going on in the classroom.
Nick: So in case the teacher is talking to you and you have no idea what's happening, you can say...
Beata: "Nie rozumiem."
Nick: "I don't understand." You'll all agree with me that the phrase "I don't understand" is an absolute must for beginning students!
Beata: If you would like to make the phrase "Nie rozumiem" more polite, you can add the word "przepraszam," meaning "I'm sorry." This way you will have 'Przepraszam, nie rozumiem."
Nick: It translates to "I'm sorry. I don't understand."
Beata: Don't worry that you don't understand something. Your teacher will appreciate the fact that you know the appropriate phrase and that you're trying to speak Polish right from the beginning.
Nick: So now let's imagine that you almost understood completely what the teacher just said. However, you would feel much more comfortable if you could ask the teacher to repeat it, just to make sure you got it all.
Beata: In such a situation, use the phrase…
Beata: "Proszę powtórzyć."
Nick: "Repeat, please."
Nick: The phrase "Repeat, please" is actually great not only for a student, but also for a teacher who, for example, wants you to repeat newly introduced vocabulary or phrases.
Beata: Absolutely. The teacher might point to a word on the board and say "Proszę powtórzyć."
Nick: There are definitely many possible scenarios when the phrase "Proszę powtórzyć" could be used. Okay, let's listen to the next phrase now.
Beata: "Co to znaczy?"
Nick: "To znaczy 'house.'"
Beata: Now let’s hear it with the English.
Beata: "Co to znaczy?"
English: "What does it mean?"
Nick: "To znaczy 'house.'"
Nick: "It means 'house.'"
Beata: Sometimes repetition might not be enough. Sometimes you might just ask for the meaning of a particular word straight away. It doesn't make sense to struggle if you don't know its meaning.
Nick: In such an instance, the phrase "What does it mean?" could definitely come in handy. Beata, could you say this phrase in Polish?
Beata: Sure. The phrase is "Co to znaczy?" So if there's anything you can't comprehend, just ask this phrase, and problem solved.
Nick: What if you would like to ask for the meaning of a specific word. Would you also be able to use this phrase?
Beata: Absolutely, you can use the above phrase. Or you can ask "Co znaczy...?" and then say the word you didn't catch.
Nick: So let's say I don't know what the word "pies" means. So I could say "Co znaczy pies?" which would translate to "What does 'dog' mean?"
Beata: You got it, Nick. Great.
Nick: What if you know the meaning of a word, but you don't know its spelling. What would you say in such an instance?
Beata: I would say to the teacher "Proszę to napisać."
Nick: This phrase means "Write that down, please."
Beata: And, again, this phrase can be used by both the student and the teacher.
Nick: More importantly, you can also use this phrase outside of the classroom. For example, when hanging out with your Polish friends or...
Beata: asking a total stranger to write down the name of a street that you've been looking for for hours.
Nick: Great. The next phrase is going to be "How do you say...in Polish?"
Beata: You're definitely making progress. It's not about repetition and meaning anymore. Now you want to expand your vocabulary.
Nick: You need to know the question that will help you accomplish that. And the phrase "How do you say...in Polish?" is perfect for that. So what's the Polish equivalent of this phrase?
Beata: The Polish equivalent is "Jak się mówi po polsku...?" and then you can say the word you would like to learn. So, Nick, you have no idea how to say the word "book" in Polish. How would you ask me about it, using our phrase?
Nick: "Jak się mówi po polsku 'book'?"
Beata: Great. Well done. By the way, for those who don't know, "book" in Polish is "książka."
Nick: Okay, so can we hear all of those phrases again one more time?
Beata: No problem.
Nick: "I don't understand."
Beata: "Nie rozumiem."
Nick: "Repeat, please."
Beata: "Proszę powtórzyć."
Nick: "What does it mean?"
Beata: "Co to znaczy?"
Nick: "Write that down, please."
Beata: "Proszę to napisać."
Nick: "How do you say 'book' in Polish?"
Beata: "Jak się mówi po polsku 'book?'"
Nick: There you have it, all five phrases for the classroom!
Beata: So what we want to ask everyone is..."Jakieś pytania?" "Any questions?"
Nick: If you do, please leave us a comment and let us know…
Beata: at PolishPod101.com!
Nick: See you next time!

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What did your teacher say when you used these phrases?