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INTRODUCTION
Betsey:Hello everyone and welcome back to PolishPod101.com. This is Beginner series, season 1, lesson 19 - Let’s Have a Bite at a Polish Café. I’m Betsey.
Joanna:And I’m Joanna.
Betsey:In this lesson, you’ll learn some vocabulary and phrases you can use in a cafe or restaurant.
Joanna:The conversation takes place at a cafe.
Betsey:And it’s between Ewa and a waiter.
Joanna:They don’t know each other, so they’ll be using formal Polish.
Betsey:Let’s listen to the conversation.

Lesson conversation

Kelner:Dzień dobry.
Ewa:Dzień dobry.
Kelner:Co dla pani?
Ewa:Proszę kawę z mlekiem i szarlotkę.
Kelner:Czy coś jeszcze?
Ewa:Nie, dziękuję.
Ewa:Proszę rachunek,
Kelner:Oczywiście.
Alisha: Let’s hear the conversation one time slowly.
Kelner:Dzień dobry.
Ewa:Dzień dobry.
Kelner:Co dla pani?
Ewa:Proszę kawę z mlekiem i szarlotkę.
Kelner:Czy coś jeszcze?
Ewa:Nie, dziękuję.
Ewa:Proszę rachunek,
Kelner:Oczywiście.
Alisha: Now let’s hear it with the English translation.
Kelner:Dzień dobry.
Betsey:Good morning.
Ewa:Dzień dobry.
Betsey:Good morning.
Kelner:Co dla pani?
Betsey:What can I get you, ma'am?
Ewa:Proszę kawę z mlekiem i szarlotkę.
Betsey:Coffee with milk and apple pie, please.
Kelner:Czy coś jeszcze?
Betsey:Anything else?
Ewa:Nie, dziękuję.
Betsey:No, thank you.
Ewa:Proszę rachunek,
Betsey:Check, please.
Kelner:Oczywiście.
Betsey:Sure.
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Betsey:Hey Joanna, since the topic of this lesson is restaurants, why not give us some tips for eating out in Poland?
Joanna:Great idea! First of all, in Polish restaurants, water is not served with a meal, so if you want some, you have to ask a waiter for it. And of course, you will be charged for that.
Betsey:Charged for water??
Joanna:Yes, and the funny part is that sometimes a glass of beer costs the same!
Betsey:What do Poles usually drink with a meal?
Joanna:Usually juice, coke or some kind of alcohol - we never order water.
Betsey:What about payment methods? Is using debit or credit cards possible?
Joanna:In most places it’s ok, but before ordering something, I’d strongly advise asking whether it’s ok or not, just to avoid a problem later on.
Betsey:For more tips, please check the lesson notes, because it’s time to learn some new vocabulary now!
VOCAB LIST
Betsey:Let's take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson.
:The first word we shall see is Joanna:proszę [natural native speed]
Betsey:please
Joanna:proszę [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Joanna:proszę [natural native speed]
:Next Joanna:pani [natural native speed]
Betsey:ma’am, ms. mrs
Joanna:pani [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Joanna:pani [natural native speed]
:Next Joanna:dziękować [natural native speed]
Betsey:to thank
Joanna:dziękować [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Joanna:dziękować [natural native speed]
:Next Joanna:z [natural native speed]
Betsey:with
Joanna:z [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Joanna:z [natural native speed]
:Next Joanna:dla [natural native speed]
Betsey:for
Joanna:dla [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Joanna:dla [natural native speed]
:Next Joanna:szarlotka [natural native speed]
Betsey:apple pie
Joanna:szarlotka [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Joanna:szarlotka [natural native speed]
:Next Joanna:coś [natural native speed]
Betsey:anything; something
Joanna:coś [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Joanna:coś [natural native speed]
:Next Joanna:jeszcze [natural native speed]
Betsey:else;still
Joanna:jeszcze [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Joanna:jeszcze [natural native speed]
:Next Joanna:rachunek [natural native speed]
Betsey:check, bill
Joanna:rachunek [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Joanna:rachunek [natural native speed]
:And last Joanna:oczywiście [natural native speed]
Betsey:of course, sure
Joanna:oczywiście [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Joanna:oczywiście [natural native speed]
KEY VOCABULARY AND PHRASES
Betsey:Let's have a closer look at the usuage for some of the words and phrases from this lesson.
Joanna:The first word is ‘szarlotka’
Betsey:“apple pie”
Joanna:This is the dessert Ewa ordered at the cafe. It’s usually served with vanilla ice-cream and whipped cream. In Polish, there’s one more word that means “apple pie”, ‘jabłecznik’
Betsey:And there’s no difference?
Joanna:No difference in meaning, just that ‘szarlotka’ is a word that comes from French and ‘jabłecznik’ is a typical Polish word.
Betsey:Does the Polish word have anything to do with apples?
Joanna:Yes.The name of the cake derives from the noun ‘jabłko’ which means “apple”. So, whether you use ‘szarlotka’ or jabłecznik’, both are perfectly fine.
Betsey:Okay, what’s the next word?
Joanna:‘mleko’
Betsey:“milk”
Joanna:In the dialogue, Ewa ordered a coffee with milk, which is a very common way of drinking coffee in Poland.
Betsey:What if we want to make an adjective? If something has a milk flavor, for example.
Joanna:Then we will get - ‘mleczny’, which is of course the masculine form. The feminine form is ‘mleczna’, and the neuter - ‘mleczne’
Betsey:Listeners, how do you think we say “milk chocolate” in Polish?
Joanna:Good suggestion, since we’ve learned the word for chocolate already! So? Did you figure it out?
Betsey:“milk chocolate” in Polish is
Joanna:‘mleczna czekolada’
Betsey:Good job! Now let’s move on to the grammar.

Lesson focus

Betsey:In this lesson you’re going to learn all the necessary vocabulary and phrases you’ll need whenever you go to a restaurant or cafe.
Joanna:First of all, after entering the place, just go to the table you like the best, sit down and wait for a waiter to bring the menu, unless it’s already on the table.
Betsey:So Poles never wait for the waiter by the entrance?
Joanna:Never. Unless it’s some super expensive restaurant, where such manners are required.
Betsey:Okay, so we choose the table, we go there by ourselves, we choose what we want to order...and what comes next?
Joanna:Then, after some time, a waiter should appear and ask you what you’d like to have.
Betsey:What will they ask you in Polish?
Joanna:There are a few options. Let’s start with the one we heard in the dialogue - ‘Co dla pani?’
Betsey:“What can I get you, ma’am”?
Joanna:The question starts with the interrogative pronoun ‘co’
Betsey:...which means “what”.
Joanna:Then we had the preposition ‘dla’
Betsey:...which means “for”.
Joanna:And lastly the official form of addressing a lady - ‘pani’
Betsey:which stands for the English “ma’am”
Joanna:Listeners, please repeat after me - ‘co dla pani?’
Betsey:[pause] The literal translation of this question is “what for you, ma’am?” but if course we’ll stick to the English equivalent - “What can I get for you, ma’am?”
Joanna:Of course, if a customer is a man, the question will sound slightly different - ‘co dla pana?’
Betsey:“What can I get for you, sir?”
Joanna:And if there are a few people at the table, the waiter will probably say - ‘co dla państwa?’
Betsey:“What can I get you (plural)”.
Joanna:In Polish, if we address a group of people which consists of both women and men, we use the word ‘państwo’.
Betsey:Ok, that sounds pretty simple. Is there any other way the waiter might ask this question?
Joanna:Yes, one more. It’s ‘co podać?’
Betsey:“What can I get you?”
Joanna:Ok, let’s move on. When the waiter asked Ewa ‘co dla pani?’, she said - ‘Proszę kawę z mlekiem i szarlotkę’
Betsey:“Coffee with milk and apple pie, please”
Joanna:The response is composed of the first person singular form ‘proszę’
Betsey:Meaning “please”...
Joanna:...and the items she wanted to order - ‘kawę z mlekiem’
Betsey:“coffee with milk”
Joanna:...and ‘szarlotkę’
Betsey:“apple pie”.
Joanna:The word ‘proszę’ requires the accusative case of the nouns it’s followed by.
Betsey:Listeners, if you don’t remember the accusative case very well, please review lesson 14. So, what should we say when we want to pay and leave?
Joanna:It’s very easy, because you can just say ‘Rachunek proszę’
Betsey:...which means “check please”
Joanna:Then on your way out, it’s good manners to say ‘do widzenia’...
Betsey:...which simply means “Goodbye”. Okay, that about does it for this lesson.
Joanna:In the lesson notes, you’ll find a list of words that will be useful at cafes and restaurants.
Betsey:So be sure to check it out!
Betsey:Thanks for listening, everyone! We’ll see you next time!
Joanna:Do widzenia.

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Hi everyone,

What's your favourite Polish tea or Polish dishes?

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Tuesday at 10:20 PM
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Cześć Kyle,


Thank you for posting.

That's right, When ordering something, will we always refer to the item/s in the accusative form.

When you ask about the price, you use nominative case.


Hope it helps.


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Kyle
Tuesday at 07:37 PM
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Cześć!


Bardzo lubię pierogi, pierogi jest móje ulubione danie.


When ordering something, will we always refer to the item/s in the accusative form? I am asking because that doesn't seem to be the case with asking for price? "Ile kosztują te pierogi?" for example.


Dzięki,

Do widzenia :)

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PROSZE IS SAID TO BE STUDENT'S IN #2 on one of the quizzes

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Hi Tatiana


Może to były krówki, lub ptasie mleczko?


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Lubie Polska czekolade. Tez probowalabym w Polsce jakis pyszne slodycze, niestety, ne pomientam, co to bylo.