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INTRODUCTION
Becky:
Hi everyone, and welcome back to RomanianPod101.com. This is Absolute Beginner Season 1 Lesson 25 - Being a Good Samaritan in Romania. Becky here.
Mihai:
Bună. I'm Mihai.
Becky:
In this lesson, you’ll learn language for urgent situations. The conversation takes place downtown.
Mihai:
It's between a man on the street and Masanobu.
Becky:
The speakers are strangers; therefore, they’ll speak both formal and informal Romanian. Okay, let's listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUE
Om pe stradă:
Ajutor!
Masanobu:
Sunteți în regulă, domnule?
Om pe stradă:
Nu mă simt bine.
Masanobu:
Chem ambulanța imediat.
Om pe stradă:
Mulțumesc mult, tinere.
Becky:
Listen to the conversation one time slowly.
Om pe stradă:
Ajutor!
Masanobu:
Sunteți în regulă, domnule?
Om pe stradă:
Nu mă simt bine.
Masanobu:
Chem ambulanța imediat.
Om pe stradă:
Mulțumesc mult, tinere.
Becky:
Listen to the conversation with the English translation.
Man on the street:
Help!
Masanobu:
Are you alright, sir?
Man on the street:
I don't feel well.
Masanobu:
I'm calling the ambulance right away.
Man on the street:
Thank you so much, young man.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Becky:
That was good of Masanobu to help that stranger.
Mihai:
Yeah, I hope he’s okay.
Becky:
Me too! Hopefully it wasn’t anything serious.
Mihai:
Thankfully, Romanians are pretty friendly and open, even with strangers.
Becky:
Oh, so if you need help you’re likely to find it?
Mihai:
Yes. Most Romanians will help if they see an accident.
Becky:
Is that true even in places like Bucharest?
Mihai:
People in the big cities like Bucharest might be more hesitant than people in rural places.
Becky:
So if you see an accident in Romania, you should help!
Mihai:
Yes, but be careful with some road accidents.
Becky:
Why’s that?
Mihai:
There have been reports recently of cars broken down on the side of the road, only for it to be a trick so somebody can steal your car or valuables.
Becky:
Thanks for the warning! Okay, now onto the vocab.
VOCAB LIST
Becky:
Let’s take a look at the vocabulary from this lesson. The first word is...
Mihai:
regulă [natural native speed]
Becky:
rule, normality
Mihai:
regulă [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mihai:
regulă [natural native speed]
Becky:
Next we have...
Mihai:
domn [natural native speed]
Becky:
sir, mister
Mihai:
domn [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mihai:
domn [natural native speed]
Becky:
Next we have...
Mihai:
a chema [natural native speed]
Becky:
to call
Mihai:
a chema [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mihai:
a chema [natural native speed]
Becky:
Next we have...
Mihai:
ambulanță [natural native speed]
Becky:
ambulance
Mihai:
ambulanță [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mihai:
ambulanță [natural native speed]
Becky:
Next we have...
Mihai:
imediat [natural native speed]
Becky:
right away
Mihai:
imediat [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mihai:
imediat [natural native speed]
Becky:
And last...
Mihai:
tânăr [natural native speed]
Becky:
young man
Mihai:
tânăr [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mihai:
tânăr [natural native speed]
KEY VOCAB AND PHRASES
Becky:
Let's have a closer look at the usage of some of the words and phrases from this lesson. The first phrase is...
Mihai:
în regulă
Becky:
meaning "all right." Can you help explain this phrase, Mihai?
Mihai:
Sure. În is Romanian for "in," and regulă means "rule."
Becky:
It literally means “in rule.”
Mihai:
If everything is “in rule,” then it’s “all right.”
Becky:
You can use this to say that something or someone is in a good state.
Mihai:
You can use this in both formal and informal situations, although it’s slightly formal.
Becky:
Can you give us an example using this phrase?
Mihai:
Sure. For example, you can say, Mulțumesc, totul este în regulă.
Becky:
...which means "Thank you, everything is all right."
Becky:
Okay, what's the next phrase?
Mihai:
Nu mă simt bine.
Becky:
meaning "I don't feel well." Can you break this expression down for us?
Mihai:
Nu is "no," and mă means "myself."
Becky:
That’s in accusative case.
Mihai:
simt is the first person singular of a simți, meaning “to feel.” Finally, bine means “good.”
Becky:
We saw that last word in lesson 24.
Mihai:
You can use this to say that you don’t feel well.
Becky:
Can you give us an example using this expression?
Mihai:
Sure. For example, you can say, Stau acasă astăzi pentru că nu mă simt bine.
Becky:
...which means "I'm staying home today because I don't feel well."
Becky:
Okay, now onto the lesson focus.

Lesson focus

Becky:
In this lesson, you'll learn language for urgent situations.
Becky:
Let’s look at a few specific situations. First, how do we call for help when there’s a fire?
Mihai:
Well first, the basic cry for help is Alo!
Becky:
This is “help!”
Mihai:
Then you can say Este un incendiu.
Becky:
“There is a fire.”
Mihai:
Or simply Foc!
Becky:
“Fire!”
Mihai:
Another useful phrase is Vă rog să chemați pompierii.
Becky:
“Please call the firemen.” Now, what should we say when we witness an accident?
Mihai:
Chemați ambulanța acum!
Becky:
“Call the ambulance now!”
Mihai:
You might also need to ask for poliția.
Becky:
“Police.” If you’ve called the police, you’ll probably need to describe the accident.
Mihai:
If it’s a traffic accident, then you might need words like mașină.
Becky:
“Car.”
Mihai:
And tir.
Becky:
“Truck.”
Mihai:
So you can say O mașină s-a lovit cu un tir.
Becky:
“A car hit a truck.”
Mihai:
And hopefully, Nu sunt răniți.
Becky:
“There are no injuries.”

Outro

Becky:
Okay, that’s all for this lesson. Thank you for listening, everyone, and we’ll see you in another series! Bye!
Mihai:
La revedere.

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