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INTRODUCTION
Becky: Hi everyone, and welcome back to RomanianPod101.com This is Absolute Beginner Season 1, Lesson 19 - Stocking up on Groceries in Romania. Becky here.
Mihai: Bună. I'm Mihai.
Becky: In this lesson, you’ll learn about nouns and shopping. The conversation takes place at a grocery store.
Mihai: It's between Masanobu and a salesperson.
Becky: The speakers are strangers in a customer service context; therefore, they’ll speak formal Romanian. Okay, let's listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUE
Mihai: Bună ziua, cât este șunca?
Vânzător: Cincisprezece lei kilogramul.
Mihai: Trei sute de grame, vă rog.
Vânzător: Sigur. Altceva?
Mihai: Și două franzele de pâine și un kilogram de făină.
Vânzător: Poftiți. O zi bună!
Becky: Listen to the conversation one time slowly.
Mihai: Bună ziua, cât este șunca?
Vânzător: Cincisprezece lei kilogramul.
Mihai: Trei sute de grame, vă rog.
Vânzător: Sigur. Altceva?
Mihai: Și două franzele de pâine și un kilogram de făină.
Vânzător: Poftiți. O zi bună!
Becky: Listen to the conversation with the English translation.
Mihai: Hello, how much is the ham?
Salesperson: 15 lei per kilogram.
Mihai: 300 grams, please.
Salesperson: Sure. Anything else?
Mihai: And 2 bread loaves and a kilogram of flour.
Salesperson: Here you are. Have a nice day!
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Becky: I want to ask you about something that isn’t related to the conversation we just heard. Is that okay, Mihai?
Mihai: Of course! As long as it’s something nice...
Becky: It is! I was just wondering what foreign languages are taught in Romania.
Mihai: Good question! Before 1989, learning English in Romania was pretty limited. The most popular foreign language was French.
Becky: What about after 1989?
Mihai: Since then, English has become more widespread.
Becky: Can Romanian people speak English?
Mihai: Most people up to the age of around 40 or 45 can speak conversational English.
Becky: And older people speak a bit of French?
Mihai: Usually, yes.
Becky: So, will shop staff speak to you in English?
Mihai: Even if they can’t, they might try.
Becky: That’s very kind of them! Okay, now onto the vocab.
VOCAB LIST
Becky: Let’s take a look at the vocabulary from this lesson. The first word is...
Mihai: șuncă [natural native speed]
Becky: ham
Mihai: șuncă[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mihai: șuncă [natural native speed]
Becky: Next we have...
Mihai: kilogram [natural native speed]
Becky: kilogram (2.2 lbs)
Mihai: kilogram[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mihai: kilogram [natural native speed]
Becky: Next we have...
Mihai: gram [natural native speed]
Becky: gram
Mihai: gram[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mihai: gram [natural native speed]
Becky: Next we have...
Mihai: a pofti [natural native speed]
Becky: to receive
Mihai: a pofti[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mihai: a pofti [natural native speed]
Becky: Next we have...
Mihai: franzelă [natural native speed]
Becky: loaf
Mihai: franzelă[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mihai: franzelă [natural native speed]
Becky: Next we have...
Mihai: pâine [natural native speed]
Becky: bread
Mihai: pâine[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mihai: pâine [natural native speed]
Becky: And last...
Mihai: făină [natural native speed]
Becky: flour
Mihai: făină[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mihai: făină [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: Cât este...?
Becky: Meaning "How much is the...?" What do the words in this phrase mean?
Mihai: Cât is an adverb meaning "how much." Este is 3rd person singular of a fi.
Becky: This means “to be.”
Mihai: You can use this phrase whenever you want to know the price of something.
Becky: Is it a formal expression?
Mihai: It’s pretty neutral, so you can use it anytime.
Becky: Can you give us an example using this phrase?
Mihai: Sure. For example, you can say, Cât este această carte?
Becky: ...which means "How much is this book?"
Becky: Okay, what's the next word?
Mihai: Poftiți.
Becky: Meaning "Here you are." What can you tell us about this word?
Mihai: The original verb is a pofti, meaning "to receive."
Becky: This word literally means “please receive.”
Mihai: You can use it whenever you want to give someone something.
Becky: Is it a formal word?
Mihai: Yes, it is. In casual situations, you should say uite.
Becky: Can you give us an example using this word?
Mihai: Sure. For example, you can say, Poftiți, aceasta este comanda dumneavoastră.
Becky: ...which means "Here you are, this is your order."
Becky: Okay, now onto the lesson focus.

Lesson focus

Becky: In this lesson, you'll learn about nouns and shopping.
Becky: I love shopping, so let’s learn some words and phrases to help us shop in Romania!
Mihai: I love the enthusiasm! A useful word for shopping is Vreau..
Becky: This means “I want…”
Mihai: Also, Cât costă...? will be useful.
Becky: This is “how much is…?” Let’s hear a couple of sentences.
Mihai: Nu vă supărați, cât costă această pâine?
Becky: “Excuse me, how much does this bread cost?”
Mihai: Vreau un litru de lapte, vă rog!
Becky: “I’d like a liter of milk, please.” Do you have any phrases to help find the items you need? It can be difficult to find things in big supermarkets.
Mihai: Yes, it can! You can say Unde este
Becky: “I’m looking for…”
Mihai: Or Caut….
Becky: “I’m looking for…” Let’s hear an example.
Mihai: Unde este farmacia?
Becky: “Where is the drugstore?”
Mihai: Bună ziua, aveți ouă aici?
Becky: “Hello, do you have eggs here?”
Mihai: Another type of store you may have to go to is a health and beauty store.
Becky: Or a hair salon.
Mihai: Yes, knowing the right words in a hair salon is important, or you might end up with a horrible haircut!
Becky: How do you say “I want it shorter on the sides.”
Mihai: Vreau mai scurt pe lateral.
Becky: And lastly, “No thank you, that’s enough.”
Mihai: Nu, mulțumesc, este destul.

Outro

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

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