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INTRODUCTION
John: Hi everyone, and welcome back to PolishPod101.com. This is Business Polish for Beginners Season 1 Lesson 12 - Giving Information About Office Procedures. John here.
Marzena: Cześć, I'm Marzena.
John: In this lesson, you’ll learn how to give simple instructions about work. The conversation takes place in the office.
Marzena: It's between Marek and Monika.
John: The speakers are acquaintances, therefore, they will speak formal Polish. Okay, let's listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUE
Marek: Moniko, jakie jest nowe hasło do wi-fi?
Monika: Nie jestem pewna. Zapytaj się Karoliny.
Marek: Jaki ona miała numer?
Monika: Oj, Karolina jest teraz u klienta. Może wyślij jej wiadomość.
Marek: Dobra, załatwione. Dzięki.
Monika: Nie ma sprawy.
John: Listen to the conversation one time slowly.
Marek: Moniko, jakie jest nowe hasło do wi-fi?
Monika: Nie jestem pewna. Zapytaj się Karoliny.
Marek: Jaki ona miała numer?
Monika: Oj, Karolina jest teraz u klienta. Może wyślij jej wiadomość.
Marek: Dobra, załatwione. Dzięki.
Monika: Nie ma sprawy.
John: Listen to the conversation with the English translation.
Marek: Monika, what is the new Wi-Fi password?
Monika: I'm not sure. You should ask Karolina.
Marek: What was her number again?
Monika: Oh, Karolina is at the customer's office now. Maybe you should send her a message.
Marek: Okay, done. Thanks.
Monika: You are welcome.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
John: Is there anything more important than the Wi-Fi password?
Marzena: Not in an office there isn’t!
John: It’s definitely something you’ll need to ask for if you don’t know it.
Marzena: Luckily, Polish offices are well organized so if you need to ask someone for help or back up, there should be someone who can help you.
John: So if you need help or ask someone to do something for you, they should be able to?
Marzena: Yes. At least one other person in the office will be able to do the job, even if it’s yours.
John: It’s good to know that you have that backup, there will always be someone with the knowledge to help.
Marzena: There’s usually someone with the spare time, too.
John: What if you ask someone that can’t help for whatever reason?
Marzena: People are quite honest, so they’ll tell you straight away if they can’t help.
John: Then hopefully you can find someone else.
Marzena: Hopefully!
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: nowy [natural native speed]
John: new
Marzena: nowy [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Marzena: nowy [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Marzena: hasło [natural native speed]
John: password
Marzena: hasło [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Marzena: hasło [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Marzena: pewny [natural native speed]
John: sure
Marzena: pewny [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Marzena: pewny [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Marzena: zapytać [natural native speed]
John: to ask
Marzena: zapytać [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Marzena: zapytać [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Marzena: klient [natural native speed]
John: client, customer
Marzena: klient [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Marzena: klient [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Marzena: wysłać [natural native speed]
John: to send
Marzena: wysłać [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Marzena: wysłać [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Marzena: wiadomość [natural native speed]
John: message
Marzena: wiadomość [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Marzena: wiadomość [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Marzena: załatwiony [natural native speed]
John: done
Marzena: załatwiony [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Marzena: załatwiony [natural native speed]
John: And lastly...
Marzena: sprawa [natural native speed]
John: case
Marzena: sprawa [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Marzena: sprawa [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: Jaki ona miała numer?
John: meaning "What was her number again?"
John: Let’s look at this phrase.
Marzena: The first word, jaki, means "what." There is also numer.
John: This means "number" and usually refers to a phone number.
Marzena: You can use this to ask about a phone number you’ve forgotten.
John: How do you say it if it is a man’s phone number that you want?
Marzena: Jaki on miał numer? This phrase is not very formal.
John: Can you give us an example using this word?
Marzena: Sure. For example, you can say... Muszę do niej zadzwonić. Jaki ona miała numer?
John: ...which means "I have to call her. What was her number again?"
John: Okay, what's the next word?
Marzena: nie ma sprawy
John: meaning "you're welcome."
John: This is another phrase.
Marzena: First is nie ma, which means "there is no." Next is sprawa.
John: This usually means "case." This phrase literally means "there is no case."
Marzena: You can use it as "you’re welcome."
John: When can you use this?
Marzena: It’s not very formal, so don’t use it in formal situations.
John: Can you give us an example using this word?
Marzena: It’s pretty straightforward, you can say... - Dziękuję. - Nie ma sprawy!
John: ... which means "- Thank you. - You are welcome!"
John: Okay, now onto the lesson focus.

Lesson focus

John: In this lesson, you'll learn how to give simple instructions about work. How do we give instructions in Polish?
Marzena: We use the Polish imperative or tryb rozkazujący.
John: How do we form the imperative form?
Marzena: By taking the third person singular form and dropping the final -e, -ie, -y, -i, OR by adding -j to the final -a.
John: Let’s hear a couple of examples. Let’s start with the verb "to copy."
Marzena: That is skserować.
John: What is the third person singular form?
Marzena: skseruje
John: And the imperative?
Marzena: skseruj. There are a few exceptions to these rules.
John: Can you tell us a little about some of them?
Marzena: Sometimes o changes into ó. As it does with robić.
John: This is "to do." What is the third person singular form?
Marzena: robi and the imperative is rób.
John: If when you’ve knocked off that last vowel from the third person singular form the last consonant is...
Marzena: n or rz preceded by yet another consonant, then you add -y or -ij. This happens with ciągnąć.
John: "to pull." So the third person form is...
Marzena: ciągnie, and the imperative ciągnij.
John: There are some other exceptions that you can read about in the lesson notes. Now, at work, you’ll often have to ask about "what kind of…"
Marzena: You can use the Polish words jaki, jaka, jakie for "what kind of."
John: What is the difference between the three?
Marzena: Jaki is used with masculine nouns, jaka with feminine, and jakie with neuter.
John: What do you do with plural nouns?
Marzena: You use jacy with masculine nouns, and jakie with non-masculine.
John: And these all change depending on the sentence, so they undergo declension.
Marzena: There is a table listing all of these in the lesson notes.
John: Let’s finish the lesson with some examples.
Marzena: Jaka ma być ta reklama?
John: "What kind of commercial should it be?"
Marzena: Jakie rozwiązanie najbardziej panu odpowiada?
John: "What kind of solution suits you the best?"

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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