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INTRODUCTION
John: Idioms for Warnings
John: Hi everyone, and welcome back to PolishPod101.com. I'm John.
Marzena: And I'm Marzena!
John: This is Must-Know Polish Slang Words and Phrases, Season 1, Lesson 15. In this lesson, you'll learn idioms for warnings.
John: These expressions are warnings. Don't be afraid to use them in any situation.
SLANG EXPRESSIONS
John: The expressions you will be learning in this lesson are...
Marzena: Nie wywołuj wilka z lasu.
Marzena: Nie dziel skóry na niedźwiedziu.
Marzena: Nie mów hop, dopóki nie przeskoczysz.
Marzena: Co za dużo to nie zdrowo.
John: Marzena, what's our first expression?
Marzena: Nie wywołuj wilka z lasu.
John: It literally means "Do not call the wolf out of the woods," but when it's used as a slang expression, it means "Let sleeping dogs lie."
Marzena: [SLOW] Nie wywołuj wilka z lasu. [NORMAL] Nie wywołuj wilka z lasu.
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Marzena: Nie wywołuj wilka z lasu.
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: Use this expression when you or someone else said something or is about to say that something bad will happen.
John: Now, let's hear an example sentence.
Marzena: [NORMAL] -A co jeżeli mama zauważy?
-Ej! Nie wywołuj wilka z lasu. [SLOW] -A co jeżeli mama zauważy?
-Ej! Nie wywołuj wilka z lasu.
John: "-And what if mom notices it?
-Hey! Just let sleeping dogs lie."
Marzena: [NORMAL] -A co jeżeli mama zauważy?
-Ej! Nie wywołuj wilka z lasu.
John: Okay, what's the next expression?
Marzena: Nie dziel skóry na niedźwiedziu.
John: It literally means "Don't split the skin on a bear," but when it's used as a slang expression, it means "Don't count your chickens before they're hatched."
Marzena: [SLOW] Nie dziel skóry na niedźwiedziu. [NORMAL] Nie dziel skóry na niedźwiedziu.
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Marzena: Nie dziel skóry na niedźwiedziu.
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: Use this expression when you want to warn somebody that he or she should not count their profits before actually getting them.
John: Now, let's hear an example sentence.
Marzena: [NORMAL] Chyba idziesz trochę za bardzo do przodu. Nie dziel skóry na niedźwiedziu! [SLOW] Chyba idziesz trochę za bardzo do przodu. Nie dziel skóry na niedźwiedziu!
John: "I think you are thinking a little bit too forward. Don't count your chickens before they're hatched."
Marzena: [NORMAL] Chyba idziesz trochę za bardzo do przodu. Nie dziel skóry na niedźwiedziu!
John: Okay, what's our next expression?
Marzena: Nie mów hop, dopóki nie przeskoczysz.
John: It literally means "Don't say ‘hop’ before you jump," but when it's used as a slang expression, it means "Look before you leap."
Marzena: [SLOW] Nie mów hop, dopóki nie przeskoczysz. [NORMAL] Nie mów hop, dopóki nie przeskoczysz.
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Marzena: Nie mów hop, dopóki nie przeskoczysz.
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: Use this expression when you want to warn someone that they shouldn't be happy about something that hasn't happened yet.
John: Now, let's hear an example sentence.
Marzena: [NORMAL] -To zwycięstwo mamy praktycznie w garści.
-Nie mów hop, dopóki nie przeskoczysz. [SLOW] -To zwycięstwo mamy praktycznie w garści.
-Nie mów hop, dopóki nie przeskoczysz.
John: "- So, we have basically won.
- Don’t count your chickens. (lit. Don't say "hop" before you jump.)"
Marzena: [NORMAL] -To zwycięstwo mamy praktycznie w garści.
-Nie mów hop, dopóki nie przeskoczysz.
John: Okay, what's the last expression?
Marzena: Co za dużo to nie zdrowo.
John: It literally means "What is too much is not healthy," but when it's used as a slang expression, it means "more than enough is too much."
Marzena: [SLOW] Co za dużo to niezdrowo. [NORMAL] Co za dużo to niezdrowo.
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Marzena: Co za dużo to nie zdrowo.
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: Use this expression when you want to warn someone that they should not do something or have too much of something.
John: Now, let's hear an example sentence.
Marzena: [NORMAL] No dość już tych słodkości. Co za dużo to niezdrowo [SLOW] No dość już tych słodkości. Co za dużo to niezdrowo
John: "Okay, you should stop with these sweets. More than enough is too much."
Marzena: [NORMAL] No dość już tych słodkości. Co za dużo to niezdrowo
QUIZ
John: Okay listeners, are you ready to be quizzed on the expressions you just learned? I'll describe four situations, and you choose the right expression to use in your reply. Are you ready?
John:Your friend is already counting his potential profits, but you want to warn him that this is not the best practice.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Marzena: Nie dziel skóry na niedźwiedziu.
John: "Don't count your chickens before they're hatched."
John:Now, somebody had just said that this person you don’t like may come. What would you tell this person?
[pause - 5 sec.]
Marzena: Nie wywołuj wilka z lasu.
John: "Let sleeping dogs lie."
John: Now, your friend has just had too much of these wonderful sweets. How would you warn him about it?
[pause - 5 sec.]
Marzena: Co za dużo to nie zdrowo.
John: "more than enough is too much"
John: Your friend said this should be easy. You want to warn him that it’s not wise to decide that something will go well before he tries.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Marzena: Nie mów hop, dopóki nie przeskoczysz.
John: "Look before you leap."

Outro

John: There you have it; you have mastered four Polish Slang Expressions! We have more vocab lists available at PolishPod101.com so be sure to check them out. Thanks everyone, and see you next time!
Marzena: Cześć.

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