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INTRODUCTION
John: Hi everyone, and welcome back to Polishpod101.com. This is Business Polish for Beginners Season 1 Lesson 11 - Making Small Talk in Poland. John here.
Marzena: Cześć, I'm Marzena.
John: In this lesson, you’ll learn how to make business-related small talk. The conversation takes place in a restaurant.
Marzena: It's between Monika and Tomek.
John: The speakers are professional acquaintances, therefore, they will speak formal Polish. Okay, let's listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUE
Monika: Panie Tomku, miło mi było pana znowu zobaczyć.
Tomek: Mnie również. Cieszę się, że interesy idą dobrze.
Monika: Tak, ostatnio mamy dużo pracy.
Tomek: Następnym razem zapraszam do naszej firmy. Pokażę pani linię produkcyjną.
Monika: Dziękuję. Brzmi bardzo ciekawie.
Monika: Czy możemy prosić o rachunek?
Tomek: Proszę mi pozwolić zapłacić.
John: Listen to the conversation one time slowly.
Monika: Panie Tomku, miło mi było pana znowu zobaczyć.
Tomek: Mnie również. Cieszę się, że interesy idą dobrze.
Monika: Tak, ostatnio mamy dużo pracy.
Tomek: Następnym razem zapraszam do naszej firmy. Pokażę pani linię produkcyjną.
Monika: Dziękuję. Brzmi bardzo ciekawie.
Monika: Czy możemy prosić o rachunek?
Tomek: Proszę mi pozwolić zapłacić.
John: Listen to the conversation with the English translation.
Monika: Mr. Tomek, it was nice to see you again.
Tomek: Same here. I'm glad your business is going well.
Monika: Yes, lately we have a lot of work.
Tomek: Next time, please visit our company. I will show you our production line.
Monika: Thank you. That sounds very interesting.
Monika: Can we get the bill, please?
Tomek: Let me pay.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
John: It sounds like Mr. Tomek runs his own business.
Marzena: Yeah, that could be the case.
John: What other working options are there in Poland?
Marzena: Freelancing is becoming more common in Poland.
John: It’s becoming pretty popular?
Marzena: More people are registering as freelancers each year.
John: Why is it becoming more popular?
Marzena: Unfortunately, some have no choice.
John: Why is that?
Marzena: Because companies won’t hire them full time.
John: I suppose that if you can’t get enough hours to be full time in one place, you’re left with no choice.
Marzena: That’s right.
John: Okay, now onto the vocab.
VOCAB LIST
John: Let’s take a look at the vocabulary from this lesson. The first word is...
Marzena: zobaczyć [natural native speed]
John: to see
Marzena: zobaczyć [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Marzena: zobaczyć [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Marzena: również [natural native speed]
John: too
Marzena: również [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Marzena: również [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Marzena: interes [natural native speed]
John: business
Marzena: interes [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Marzena: interes [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Marzena: następny [natural native speed]
John: next
Marzena: następny [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Marzena: następny [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Marzena: firma [natural native speed]
John: company
Marzena: firma [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Marzena: firma [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Marzena: ciekawie [natural native speed]
John: interestingly
Marzena: ciekawie [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Marzena: ciekawie [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Marzena: rachunek [natural native speed]
John: check, bill
Marzena: rachunek [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Marzena: rachunek [natural native speed]
John: And last...
Marzena: zapłacić [natural native speed]
John: to pay
Marzena: zapłacić [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Marzena: zapłacić [natural native speed]
KEY VOCAB AND PHRASES
John: Let's have a closer look at the usage of some of the words and phrases from this lesson. The first word is...
Marzena: Czy możemy prosić o rachunek?
John: meaning "Can we get the bill, please?"
John: Let’s break down this phrase a little.
Marzena: First is czy, a question particle. Możemy is next, and means "can we." After that is prosić o.
John: This means "to ask for." The final word means "bill."
Marzena: That is rachunek.
John: This is useful in a restaurant or bar.
Marzena: It sounds formal but can be used in many different settings.
John: Can you give us an example using this phrase?
Marzena: Sure. For example, you can say... Przepraszam, czy możemy prosić o rachunek?
John: ...which means "Excuse me, can we get the bill, please?"
John: Okay, what's the next word?
Marzena: Proszę mi pozwolić zapłacić.
John: meaning "Let me pay."
John: This is a phrase.
Marzena: First is Pozwolić.
John: This means "to let," in the context of letting someone do something.
Marzena: There is also zapłacić a perfective form of the verb płacić.
John: "to pay." This phrase can be used when you want to pay for someone.
Marzena: It’s rather formal, so you wouldn’t use it with your friends.
John: Can you give us an example using this phrase?
Marzena: Sure. For example, you can say... Ależ proszę mi pozwolić zapłać.
John: ... which means "But please, let me pay."
John: Okay, now onto the lesson focus.

Lesson focus

John: In this lesson, you'll learn about business small talk. Can you give us a phrase that you think would be useful when making small talk in a business setting?
Marzena: cieszę się, że
John: This means "I’m glad that."
Marzena: It’s quite formal, and cieszę się, że can be used by both men and women in that form.
John: You would then add a sentence after it to show what you are glad of. Can you give us an example?
Marzena: Cieszę się, że przyjęła pani moje zaproszenie.
John: "I’m glad that you accepted my invitation." How about one more?
Marzena: Cieszę się, że transakcja się udała.
John: "I’m glad that the transaction went well." Now, let’s look at invitations.
Marzena: In informal settings you can use verbs such as przyjedź.
John: This means "come." Although business invitations are usually formal, there are some situations when you don’t need to be too formal.
Marzena: In a business setting you can use the verb zapraszać.
John: "To invite"
Marzena: You’ll use it as either zapraszam, "I invite" or zapraszamy
John: "we invite." The verb is usually followed by a preposition, which changes depending on whether it is a place or an event.
Marzena: We usually use do with a place and na with an event.
John: Let’s look at the sentence pattern.
Marzena: Zapraszam do naszej firmy.
John: "I invite you to our company." Here, the noun is in genitive case.
Marzena: Zapraszamy do zwiedzania.
John: "We invite you to go sightseeing." This is also in genitive case.
Marzena: Zapraszam na kawę.
John: "I invite you for a coffee." Here, the noun is in accusative case.
Marzena: Zapraszamy na uroczyste otwarcie naszego sklepu.
John: "We invite you for the grand opening of our shop." This is also in accusative case. Let’s finish this lesson by looking at how to accept or decline the invitations.
Marzena: Będzię mi bardzo miło.
John: "It will be a great pleasure."
Marzena: Bardzo dziękuję za zaproszenie, ale niestety nie dam rady.
John: "Thank you for your invitation, but sadly I will not make it."

Outro

John: Okay, that’s all for this lesson. Thank you for listening, everyone, and we’ll see you next time! Bye!
Marzena: Do zobaczenia!

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Try answering this question: I jak idzie interes? - "How is the business going?"