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INTRODUCTION
John: Hi everyone, and welcome back to Polishpod101.com. This is Business Polish for Beginners Season 1 Lesson 13 - Asking for Help in a Difficult Business Situation. John Here.
Marzena: Cześć, I'm Marzena.
John: In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask for a favor. The conversation takes place at the office.
Marzena: It's between Karolina and Marek.
John: The speakers are co-workers, therefore, they will speak informal Polish. Okay, let's listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUE
Karolina: Pomożesz mi z tym rozliczeniem?
Marek: Jasne, tylko muszę odpowiedzieć na kilka maili.
Na kiedy to masz?
Karolina: Na wczoraj, ale wiesz jak to jest "lepiej późno niż wcale."
Marek: Dobrze, prześlij to na mój adres. Usiądę do tego po lunchu.
Karolina: Świetnie! A możesz jeszcze mi pomóc z tym raportem finansowym?
Marek: A ty to trochę nie przesadzasz?
John: Listen to the conversation one time slowly.
Karolina: Pomożesz mi z tym rozliczeniem?
Marek: Jasne, tylko muszę odpowiedzieć na kilka maili.
Na kiedy to masz?
Karolina: Na wczoraj, ale wiesz jak to jest "lepiej późno niż wcale."
Marek: Dobrze, prześlij to na mój adres. Usiądę do tego po lunchu.
Karolina: Świetnie! A możesz jeszcze mi pomóc z tym raportem finansowym?
Marek: A ty to trochę nie przesadzasz?
John: Listen to the conversation with the English translation.
Karolina: Would you help me with this settlement?
Marek: Sure, I just need to answer some emails. When is the deadline?
Karolina: Yesterday, but you know, "better late than never."
Marek: Okay, send it to my email, please. I will look at it after lunch.
Karolina: Great! Could you also help me with this financial report?
Marek: Aren't you asking for a little bit too much?
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
John: Wow, Karolina had a few things that she needed help with in that conversation!
Marzena: Yes, she was already late with the settlement, so maybe that put strain on her other jobs.
John: I guess so. At least Marek can help with the settlement for her.
Marzena: Teamwork is very important in Polish companies.
John: Do the companies do anything to help promote teamwork? Are there regular team meetings for example?
Marzena: Yes, there’s usually a team meeting every month.
John: It’s good for teams to get together and discuss performance and any issues.
Marzena: I think so too. More and more of these meetings are in English, too.
John: Oh? Why are they in English?
Marzena: Because of the increase in foreign workers in Poland.
John: Even so, it’s still important to learn Polish if you want to do business in Poland.
Marzena: Yes, it is! So keep studying!
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: pomóc [natural native speed]
John: to help
Marzena: pomóc [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Marzena: pomóc [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Marzena: rozliczenie [natural native speed]
John: settlement
Marzena: rozliczenie [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Marzena: rozliczenie [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Marzena: jasne [natural native speed]
John: sure
Marzena: jasne [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Marzena: jasne [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Marzena: odpowiedzieć [natural native speed]
John: to reply
Marzena: odpowiedzieć [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Marzena: odpowiedzieć [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Marzena: email [natural native speed]
John: e-mail
Marzena: email [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Marzena: email [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Marzena: późno [natural native speed]
John: late
Marzena: późno [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Marzena: późno [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Marzena: przesłać [natural native speed]
John: to send
Marzena: przesłać [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Marzena: przesłać [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Marzena: usiąść [natural native speed]
John: to sit down
Marzena: usiąść [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Marzena: usiąść [natural native speed]
John: And lastly...
Marzena: przesadzać [natural native speed]
John: to exaggerate
Marzena: przesadzać [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Marzena: przesadzać [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: lepiej późno niż wcale
John: meaning "better late than sorry."
John: Let’s look at this phrase.
Marzena: Lepiej means "it's better" and is followed by późno.
John: That’s an adverb that means "late." The last word in the phrase means "not at all."
Marzena: wcale. We use niż to compare two things.
John: So altogether it means "it’s better to be late than not at all," or "better late than sorry."
Marzena: It’s a famous proverb you can use in most settings, but maybe not in high level business talks.
John: Can you give us an example using this phrase?
Marzena: Sure. For example, you can say... No nic, lepiej późno niż wcale.
John: ...which means "Well, better late than never."
John: Okay, what's the next word?
Marzena: usiąść do
John: meaning "to sit down to (doing something)."
John: This is also a phrase.
Marzena: Usiąść is a verb that means "to sit down." It is followed by do.
John: This is a preposition meaning "to."
Marzena: You can use this to say that you are going to start doing something.
John: Or that you’re going to start doing it seriously.
Marzena: Yes, it works in that scenario too.
John: Can you give us an example using this phrase?
Marzena: Sure. For example, you can say... Muszę dzisiaj do tego usiąść.
John: ... which means "I have to sit down to this."
John: Okay, now onto the lesson focus.

Lesson focus

John: In this lesson, you'll learn about asking for a favor. Is it okay to ask a coworker for a favor in Poland?
Marzena: Yes, it’s totally fine!
John: So, this is something very important to know.
Marzena: Yes. To ask a favor, we must change the verb into future tense.
John: We will use perfective verbs in present tense. Let’s look at an example using the verb for "to pay."
Marzena: The perfective of this is zapłacić. If you change that to the present tense, it is zapłacę.
John: And that is a future tense meaning "I will pay," or "I’m going to pay."
Marzena: The big difference is the aspect. This can be difficult for learners, but the common prefixes for perfective are: wy-, za-, po-, na-, do-, od-, o-.
John: Also remember that when we ask for a favor, we need the verb in the second person singular form. Let’s hear some examples.
Marzena: Pójdziesz za mnie na spotkanie?
John: "Will you go to the meeting for me?"
Marzena: Pomożesz mi w tym?
John: "Will you help me with this?" Next let’s check a few time expressions. This will be important in many situations in the office, so we’ll hear them in some sentences.
Marzena: Przedwczoraj mieliśmy zebranie.
John: "We had a meeting the day before yesterday."
Marzena: Jutro przyjeżdża klient.
John: "The customer will come tomorrow."
Marzena: Wyślij mi to do jutra.
John: "Send me this by tomorrow." There’s a full list in the lesson notes. We’ll finish with some financial expressions that you will probably hear no matter what your role in the company is.
Marzena: księgowość
John: "accounting"
Marzena: księgowy, księgowa
John: That’s "accountant", first is the masculine and then the feminine.
Marzena: rachunek
John: "bill"
Marzena: wypłata
John: "salary." Let’s finish on a sentence example that might be important!
Marzena: Kiedy dostanę wypłatę?
John: "When will I get my salary?"

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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