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INTRODUCTION
John: Hi everyone, and welcome back to PolishPod101.com. This is Intermediate Season 1 Lesson 21 - Choosing Your Meal at a Polish Restaurant. John here.
Marzena: Cześć. I'm Marzena.
John: In this lesson, you’ll learn about ordering food. The conversation takes place at a restaurant.
Marzena: It's between a waiter and Monica.
John: The speakers are strangers in a customer service context; therefore, they’ll speak formal Polish. Okay, let's listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUE
kelner: Dzień dobry, co pani podać?
Monika: Czy ta sałatka grecka jest z cebulą?
kelner: Tak, ale możemy przygotować ją bez cebuli.
Monika: W takim razie wezmę tę sałatkę i może do tego jakąś rybę.
kelner: Mamy wyśmienitego łososia w sosie koperkowo-krewetkowym.
Monika: Brzmi apetycznie, w takim razie wezmę jeszcze tego łososia.
kelner: A co na deser?
Monika: Czy mają państwo coś mało słodkiego?
kelner: Nasze gorące maliny są bez dodatku cukru. Jedyne w swoim rodzaju na czerwonym winie.
Monika: Dobrze, to poproszę
kelner: A co do picia?
Monika: Wodę mineralną niegazowaną.
John: Listen to the conversation with the English translation.
Waiter: Hi, how can I help you?
Monica: Does this Greek salad come with onions?
Waiter: Yes, but we can prepare it without them.
Monica: Then I will have this salad and maybe fish with it.
Waiter: We have a delicious salmon in a dill and shrimp sauce.
Monica: Sounds delicious. I will have the salmon then.
Waiter: And what about the dessert?
Monica: Do you have something that's not so sweet?
Waiter: Our hot raspberries are without added sugar. They are unique and made with red wine.
Monica: Okay then, I will take these.
Waiter: And what would you like to drink?
Monica: Non-sparkling mineral water.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
John: I’m feeling hungry now.
Marzena: Me too. That salmon sounds good.
John: It does, doesn’t it? Can you tell us a little about Polish restaurants?
Marzena: If you go to Poland, you’ll probably want to eat Polish food. You can get Polish food at many places, such as food stands.
John: What kind of foods do food stands usually sell?
Marzena: You can buy Polish potato pancakes, sometimes Polish-style hot dogs with mushrooms instead of meat, and zapiekanka.
John: What’s that?
Marzena: It’s a long, pizza-like food. It’s an old-fashioned dish from the Communist era.
John: I like food stands, but I also like sit-down places sometimes.
Marzena: You can go to a “milk bar” cafeteria, called a bar mleczny. But there aren’t many of those left.
John: These places are pretty cheap, right?
Marzena: They are. There are also more expensive, sit-down restaurants too.
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: podać [natural native speed]
John: to give
Marzena: podać [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Marzena: podać [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Marzena: sałatka [natural native speed]
John: salad
Marzena: sałatka [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Marzena: sałatka [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Marzena: przygotować [natural native speed]
John: to prepare
Marzena: przygotować [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Marzena: przygotować [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Marzena: łosoś [natural native speed]
John: salmon
Marzena: łosoś [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Marzena: łosoś [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Marzena: brzmieć [natural native speed]
John: to sound
Marzena: brzmieć [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Marzena: brzmieć [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Marzena: apetyczny [natural native speed]
John: appetizing
Marzena: apetyczny [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Marzena: apetyczny [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Marzena: wyśmienity [natural native speed]
John: excellent
Marzena: wyśmienity [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Marzena: wyśmienity [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Marzena: rodzaj [natural native speed]
John: type
Marzena: rodzaj [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Marzena: rodzaj [natural native speed]
John: And lastly...
Marzena: niegazowany [natural native speed]
John: non-sparkling
Marzena: niegazowany [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Marzena: niegazowany [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: brzmieć
John: meaning "to sound." What can you tell us about this verb?
Marzena: This is an intransitive, imperfective verb.
John: What’s it used for?
Marzena: We use it to say that something can be heard.
John: We can also use it when something sounds like something else.
Marzena: And it can be used to talk about a voice literally or as in the "voice of the nation."
John: Can you give us an example using this word?
Marzena: Sure. For example, you can say, To brzmi cudownie!
John: ...which means "This sounds wonderful!"
John: Okay, what's the next phrase?
Marzena: jedyny w swoim rodzaju
John: meaning "unique." There are four words in this phrase. Can you explain them for us please?
Marzena: Jedyny means "the only one" and is followed by the preposition w, meaning "in."
John: What are the other two words?
Marzena: There’s the pronoun swoim, meaning "one's own," and finally the noun rodzaj.
John: This means “kind." Altogether, it literally means “one of its own kind.”
Marzena: You can use this to talk about something unique, usually in a positive way. It’s a set phrase, so don’t change it.
John: Can you give us an example using this phrase?
Marzena: Sure. For example, you can say, Ten komputer jest jedyny w swoim rodzaju.
John: ...which means "This computer is one of a kind."
John: Okay, now onto the lesson focus.

Lesson focus

John: In this lesson, you'll learn about ordering food.
John: First, we need to call over a waiter.
Marzena: Yes, we do. Some set phrases you can use include Przepraszam, czy mogę zamówić?
John: “Excuse me, can I order my meal?”
Marzena: Przepraszam, czy mogę złożyć zamówienie?
John: “Excuse me, can I place my order?”
Marzena: Slightly more demanding is Przepraszam, chciałabym/chciałbym zamówić.
John: “Excuse me, I would like to order.” We also might need to check if there’s something in a meal that we can’t eat.
Marzena: You can say something like Czy ten bigos jest z cebulą?
John: “Does this bigos come with onions?”
Marzena: The ingredient, in this case “onion," is in instrumental case.
John: Do you have any other phrases that will help us?
Marzena: Dostanę….?
John: “Can I get…?”
Marzena: W takim razie wezmę...
John: “Then I will take…” It’s also useful to be able to describe food, so let’s look at some adjectives that will help us.
Marzena: First, wyśmienity.
John: “Superb.”
Marzena: smakowity
John: “Delicious.”
Marzena: delikatny
John: “Delicate.”
Marzena: wędzony
John: “Smoked.”
Marzena: swojej roboty
John: “Homemade.”
Marzena: Some useful verbs include wyglądać. Wygląda smacznie.
John: “To look.” “It looks delicious.”
Marzena: brzmieć. Brzmi dobrze.
John: “To sound…” “It sounds good.”
Marzena: pachnieć. Pachnie wyśmienicie.
John: “To smell…” “It smells superb.”

Outro

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

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Have you ever tried Polish food?