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INTRODUCTION
Betsey: In each lesson of this 25 part series, you'll master a common question for Polish learners, and then learn how to answer it like a native. You'll learn how these key phrases work by breaking them down into each component. Then through repetition and new vocabulary, you'll expand your understanding of the question, its answers, and any variations.

Lesson focus

Betsey: In this lesson, you'll learn how to respond to the common question What do you do? In Polish this is
Joanna: Czym się zajmujesz?
Betsey: The first word in the question is
Joanna: czym
Betsey: which is the word “what”, in the locative case.
Joanna: (Slow, by syllable) czym
Betsey: Listen again and repeat.
Joanna: czym
{Pause}
Betsey: This pattern of first introducing a word at natural speed, providing the translation, breaking it down, and then giving it again at natural speed will be repeated throughout the series. Try to speak aloud as often as possible. The next word in the question is
Joanna: się
Betsey: meaning “oneself.”
Joanna: (Slow, by syllable) się
Betsey: Now repeat.
Joanna: się
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 2 words of the question and repeat.
Joanna: czym się
{pause}
And after that
Joanna: zajmujesz
Betsey: meaning “occupy yourself”.
Joanna: (Slow, by syllable) zajmujesz
Betsey: Now repeat.
Joanna: zajmujesz
{Pause}
Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Joanna: czym się zajmujesz
{pause}
Betsey: You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies. Master the following pattern and responses to the question “What do you do?”
Joanna: Jestem nauczycielem.
Betsey: "I'm a teacher.” Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Joanna: (Slow) Jestem nauczycielem.
{pause}
Betsey: Let's break it down from the beginning. The first word:
Joanna: jestem
Betsey: meaning “I am. “
Joanna: (Slow, by syllable) jestem
Betsey: Now repeat
Joanna: jestem
{Pause}
Betsey: And after that
Joanna: nauczycielem
meaning “teacher.”
Joanna: (Slow, by syllable) nauczycielem
Betsey: Now repeat.
Joanna: nauczycielem
{Pause}
Betsey: Listen to the speaker say, I'm a teacher., and then repeat.
Joanna: Jestem nauczycielem.
{pause}
Betsey: To expand on the pattern, replace teacher with doctor.
Joanna: lekarzem
Betsey: doctor
Joanna: (slow) lekarzem (regular) lekarzem
Betsey: Listen to the phrase again, this time with doctor
Joanna: Jestem lekarzem.
Betsey: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace teacher. Say I'm a doctor.
{pause}
Joanna: Jestem lekarzem.
Betsey: To expand on the pattern, replace doctor with student.
Joanna: studentem
Betsey: student
Joanna: (slow) studentem (regular) studentem
Betsey: Listen to the phrase again, this time with student
Joanna: Jestem studentem.
Betsey: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace doctor. Say I'm a student.
{pause}
Joanna: Jestem studentem.
Betsey: To use a different phrase, replace student with businessman.
Joanna: biznesmenem
Betsey: businessman
Joanna: (slow) biznesmenem (regular) biznesmenem
Betsey: Listen to the phrase again, this time with businessman
Joanna: Jestem biznesmenem.
Betsey: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace student. Say I'm a businessman.
{pause}
Joanna: Jestem biznesmenem.
QUIZ
Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting Poland and someone asks what you do. You are a teacher. Respond to the question.
Joanna: Czym się zajmujesz? (five seconds) Jestem nauczycielem.
Betsey: Imagine you are a doctor Respond to the question.
Joanna: Czym się zajmujesz? (five seconds) Jestem lekarzem.
Betsey: Imagine you are a student. . Answer the speaker's question.
Joanna: Czym się zajmujesz? (five seconds) Jestem studentem.
Betsey: Imagine you're businessman. Respond to the question.
Joanna: Czym się zajmujesz? (five seconds) Jestem biznesmenem.
Betsey: You want to learn what that person does. Ask the question
(5 seconds)
Joanna: Czym się zajmujesz?
{pause}
Betsey: Now it's time to answer the question with actual information about yourself.

Outro

Betsey: This is the end of Lesson 4

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Please give your answer to the question below! You can check the question in the lesson.

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Saturday at 06:56 AM
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Cześć Anirudh,


Dziękuję za cierpliwość.

Yes, in that case sentence ”Jestem studentem w Indiach“ is correct.

Również dwa kolejne zdania są poprawne.


Cheers!

Hanna,

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Anirudh
Tuesday at 07:48 PM
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Witaj Pani ,


Since I am a student in India, I would say , " Jestem studentem w Indiach ".

Czy zdania są poprawne ?

Mieszkam obecnie w Ukrainie.

Oni pracują w Francji / Włoszech.


Dziękuję za pomoc !

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Tuesday at 05:48 AM
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Witaj Anirudh,


"Jestem studentem w Indiach" means "I am a student in India".

"Jestem studentem z Indii" means "I am a student from India".

Which one is correct if it is about you?


Pozdrowienia,

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Anirudh
Friday at 12:21 PM
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Witaj ,


Jestem studentem w Indiach.

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Tuesday at 06:27 AM
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Cześć Daniel,


Dzięki za komentarz!

Yes, it is correct to say "Jestem programistą".

You can say "programista" (man), "programistka" (woman) or "twórca oprogramowania" (man).


Cheers! :)

Hanna

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Daniel
Friday at 10:22 PM
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Cześć!

I am a software developer, is it correct to say

Jestem programistą

Is there a difference between male and female on the professions?

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Tuesday at 05:06 AM
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Hi Elaine


'Spanish teacher' in Polish is 'nauczycielka hiszpańskiego' (fem.). If you would like to say: 'I am a Spanish teacher' you would say: 'Jestem nauczycielką hiszpańskiego.'


Cheers,

Basia

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Elaine
Saturday at 12:40 PM
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How do you say "spanish teacher" (female)

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Monday at 10:16 PM
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Hi Jules


It's always nice to meet fellow teacher:)

The correct female form is: Jestem nauczycielką niemieckiego.


Cheers,

Basia

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Jules
Monday at 08:33 PM
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Jestem nauczycielce niemieckiego.

Is this correct for "I'm a German teacher (female)"?