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INTRODUCTION
John: Hi everyone, and welcome back to Polishpod101.com. This is Business Polish for Beginners Season 1 Lesson 2 - Introducing Your Colleague to a Client. John Here.
Marzena: Cześć I'm Marzena.
John: In this lesson, you’ll learn about modals. The conversation takes place at the office.
Marzena: It's between Monika, Karolina, and Adam.
John: The speakers are a service provider and customer, therefore, they will speak formal Polish. Okay, let's listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUE
Monika: To jest nasza specjalistka od marketingu, Karolina.
Karolina: Karolina Gąbkowska, miło mi pana poznać.
Adam: Adam Kozłowski, cała przyjemność po mojej stronie.
Monika: Karolino, pan Adam chciałby zobaczyć naszą najnowszą ofertę.
Monika: Czy mogłabyś mu coś o niej opowiedzieć?
Karolina: Ależ oczywiście. Co pana dokładnie interesuje?
John: Listen to the conversation one time slowly.
Monika: To jest nasza specjalistka od marketingu, Karolina.
Karolina: Karolina Gąbkowska, miło mi pana poznać.
Adam: Adam Kozłowski, cała przyjemność po mojej stronie.
Monika: Karolino, pan Adam chciałby zobaczyć naszą najnowszą ofertę.
Monika: Czy mogłabyś mu coś o niej opowiedzieć?
Karolina: Ależ oczywiście. Co pana dokładnie interesuje?
John: Listen to the conversation with the English translation
Monika: This is our marketing specialist, Karolina.
Karolina: Karolina Gąbkowska, nice to meet you.
Adam: Adam Kozlowski, the pleasure is all mine.
Monika: Karolina, Mr. Adam would like to see our new offer.
Monika: Could you tell him something about it?
Karolina: But of course. What exactly are you interested in?
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
John: Marzena, what are the hours of a typical working day in Poland?
Marzena: Most Poles prefer to come to work early, and then leave early.
John: Why is that?
Marzena: Most people used to work 6am to 2pm in factories, but it’s also just a general preference.
John: It’s not 6am to 2pm in offices though, is it?
Marzena: No, it’s typically an eight hour day, 9am to 5pm.
John: That sounds more typical for an office!
Marzena: Companies do give their employees some flexibility though.
John: So they can come in a little earlier, or leave at a different time?
Marzena: That’s right. Generally, people work their full day and do all the work they need to.
John: Does that mean that sometimes, people might need to stay late?
Marzena: Yes, and also that sometimes you can leave early.
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: specjalistka [natural native speed]
John: expert
Marzena: specjalistka [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Marzena: specjalistka [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Marzena: poznać [natural native speed]
John: to meet, to get to know
Marzena: poznać [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Marzena: poznać [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Marzena: chcieć [natural native speed]
John: to want
Marzena: chcieć [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Marzena: chcieć [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
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: produkt [natural native speed]
John: product
Marzena: produkt [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Marzena: produkt [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Marzena: opowiedzieć [natural native speed]
John: to tell
Marzena: opowiedzieć [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Marzena: opowiedzieć [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Marzena: ależ [natural native speed]
John: but!
Marzena: ależ [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Marzena: ależ [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Marzena: oczywiście [natural native speed]
John: of course, sure
Marzena: oczywiście [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Marzena: oczywiście [natural native speed]
John: And lastly...
Marzena: dokładnie [natural native speed]
John: exactly
Marzena: dokładnie [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Marzena: dokładnie [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: specjalistka od marketingu
John: meaning "marketing specialist."
John: Let’s break this down. The first word means "expert."
Marzena: Yes, specialistka is the feminine form, and specialista is masculine. Od means "from."
John: And of course the last word means "marketing."
Marzena: That’s marketingu. The ending of that can change depending on the case.
John: This is used when talking about someone’s job.
Marzena: You usually hear it in business settings.
John: Can you give us an example using this phrase?
Marzena: Sure. For example, you can say... Marek jest specjalistą od marketingu.
John: ...which means "Mark is a marketing specialist."
John: Okay, what's the next word?
Marzena: ależ oczywiście
John: meaning "but of course."
John: What can you tell us about this?
Marzena: First is Ależ, this is an interjection that means "but." The next word is oczywiście.
John: This means "of course."
Marzena: ależ oczywiście is widely used to say that something is okay and not a problem.
John: When would you hear this phrase?
Marzena: It’s slightly formal, so in business or customer service settings.
John: Can you give us an example using this phrase?
Marzena: Sure. For example, you can say... - Czy mogę to sobie wziąć? - Ależ oczywiście.
John: ... which means "- Can I get this? - But of course!"
John: Okay, now onto the lesson focus.

Lesson focus

John: In this lesson, you'll learn about modals. Let’s begin by looking at the modal "want."
Marzena: In Polish, this is chcieć. We usually add the suffix -by to make it more polite.
John: So it becomes something more similar to "would like to."
Marzena: That’s right. And remember that we add -by to the past tense of the verb.
John: What is the past tense?
Marzena: For example, chciałem, chciałam
John: "I wanted" in masculine and feminine.
Marzena: chcieliśmy
John: "We wanted." There are more conjugations in the lesson notes. Now, let’s look at them with that suffix.
Marzena: Please note that for first and second person, singular and plural, it goes within the word.
John: It’s still near the end, just not right at the end. Can you give us an example?
Marzena: chciałbym, chciałabym
John: That’s the masculine and feminine forms of "I would like to…"
Marzena: chcielibyśmy
John: "We would like to…" Again, there are more conjugations in the lesson notes. Now, a few sentences.
Marzena: Chciałby się pan czegoś napić?
John: "Would you like something to drink?"
Marzena: Chcieliby państwo się czegoś napić?
John: "Would you like something to drink?" Next, let’s look at "Could you…?" This is also often used in business settings.
Marzena: This is the past tense of the verb móc, "to be able to", with the suffix -by.
John: Again, with the first and second person, singular and plural, it goes within the word.
Marzena: For example, mógłbym, mogłabym
John: Masculine and feminine forms of "I could…"
Marzena: moglibyśmy
John: "We could…" You can use this for both formal and polite requests, and also asking someone to do something. Marzena, can you give us some examples?
Marzena: Czy mogłabyś mi z tym pomóc?
John: "Could you help me with this?"
Marzena: Czy mógłby pan nam przesłać swoje konto?
John: "Could you send us your account?"

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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