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INTRODUCTION
Becky: Hi everyone, and welcome back to RomanianPod101.com. This is Absolute Beginner Season 1 Lesson 21 - Taking a Day Trip in Romania. Becky here.
Mihai: Bună. I'm Mihai.
Becky: In this lesson, you’ll learn expressions of rejection. The conversation takes place in a living room.
Mihai: It's between Mihai and Masanobu.
Becky: The speakers are friends; therefore, they’ll speak informal Romanian. Okay, let's listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUE
Mihai: Mă gândesc să mergem într-o excursie cu mașina la mare.
Masanobu: Îmi place ideea. Când?
Mihai: Sâmbata asta. Vine și Andreea și plecăm dimineața la prima oră.
Masanobu: Scuze, sâmbăta asta nu pot, am cursuri de pilotaj.
Masanobu: Nu putem să mergem sâmbăta viitoare?
Mihai: Săptămâna viitoare, da? Ba da.
Masanobu: Ok, atunci așa rămâne.
Becky: Listen to the conversation one time slowly.
Mihai: Mă gândesc să mergem într-o excursie cu mașina la mare.
Masanobu: Îmi place ideea. Când?
Mihai: Sâmbata asta. Vine și Andreea și plecăm dimineața la prima oră.
Masanobu: Scuze, sâmbăta asta nu pot, am cursuri de pilotaj.
Masanobu: Nu putem să mergem sâmbăta viitoare?
Mihai: Săptămâna viitoare, da? Ba da.
Masanobu: Ok, atunci așa rămâne.
Becky: Listen to the conversation with the English translation.
Mihai: I'm thinking of going on a trip by car to the seaside.
Masanobu: I like the idea. When?
Mihai: This Saturday. Andreea is coming too, and we're leaving first thing in the morning.
Masanobu: Sorry, I can't this Saturday; I have flying lessons.
Masanobu: Can't we go next Saturday?
Mihai: Next week, right? Yes we can.
Masanobu: Ok, then it's settled.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Becky: A trip to the seaside sounds good.
Mihai: Right? It sounds nice and relaxing.
Becky: It was nice of them to invite Masanobu, even though he’s busy.
Mihai: Although Romanians separate work and their personal lives, sometimes the two mix and work colleagues can become personal friends.
Becky: And if you’re friends, maybe you’ll get invited to gatherings like this?
Mihai: That’s right. It’s not unusual for colleagues who become friends to go out on weekends together.
Becky: Masanobu couldn’t make the date he was asked about, but he seemed to have a good reason.
Mihai: It can be taken as an insult if you reject without a good reason.
Becky: So you should always give a reason if you say no?
Mihai: Yes, you should. Romanians value honesty, so if you can’t go, just say why.
Becky: It sounds like Romanians really consider who they invite and expect people to say yes.
Mihai: Yes, you don’t get invites out of courtesy or just to be polite in Romania, other than in really formal situations.
Becky: So if someone invites you, you know that they really want you there. Okay, now onto the vocab.
VOCAB LIST
Becky: Let’s take a look at the vocabulary from this lesson. The first word is...
Mihai: excursie [natural native speed]
Becky: trip
Mihai: excursie [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mihai: excursie [natural native speed]
Becky: Next we have...
Mihai: mașină [natural native speed]
Becky: car; machine
Mihai: mașină [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mihai: mașină [natural native speed]
Becky: Next we have...
Mihai: mare [natural native speed]
Becky: sea, seaside
Mihai: mare [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mihai: mare [natural native speed]
Becky: Next we have...
Mihai: oră [natural native speed]
Becky: hour
Mihai: oră [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mihai: oră [natural native speed]
Becky: Next we have...
Mihai: ba da [natural native speed]
Becky: yes (as an answer to a negative clause)
Mihai: ba da [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mihai: ba da [natural native speed]
Becky: And last...
Mihai: așa [natural native speed]
Becky: so, like that
Mihai: așa [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mihai: așa [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: la mare
Becky: meaning "to the seaside." What can you tell us about this phrase?
Mihai: La is an adverb of place. It means “at.”
Becky: And the second word means “sea.”
Mihai: Yes, that’s mare.
Becky: You can use this phrase to say that your destination is the seaside.
Mihai: Yes, it’s used to describe a destination or travel.
Becky: Can you give us an example using this phrase?
Mihai: Sure. For example, you can say, Ei merg la mare în fiecare an.
Becky: ...which means "They go to the seaside every year."
Becky: Okay, what's the next phrase?
Mihai: la prima oră
Becky: meaning "first thing in the morning." We just heard the first word in the last example, but can you explain the others?
Mihai: Sure. Prima is “first” in feminine, and the second word, oră, means “hours.”
Becky: Altogether, it literally means “at the first hour.”
Mihai: It can be used to talk about something that you do just after waking up.
Becky: Can you give us an example using this phrase?
Mihai: Sure. For example, you can say, Mă ocup de aceasta mâine la prima oră.
Becky: ...which means "I'll take care of this first thing tomorrow."
Becky: Okay, now onto the lesson focus.

Lesson focus

Becky: In this lesson, you'll learn about expressions of rejection.
Becky: We said earlier that you shouldn’t really reject invitations, but if you do, you should do it in the right way.
Mihai: One helpful phrase is îmi cer scuze. This is one of the most polite expressions used in formal speech.
Becky: It’s literally “I ask for apologies,” but can be translated to “I’m sorry.”
Mihai: It’s common to follow îmi cer scuze with dar, meaning “but,” before giving your reason.
Becky: But, you don’t have to use “but.” Let’s hear an example sentence.
Mihai: Îmi cer scuze, dar am rău de înalțime.
Becky: “I’m sorry, but I’m afraid of heights.”
Mihai: Îmi cer scuze, nu am carnet de conducere.
Becky: “I’m sorry, I don’t have a driving licence.” How do we say “sorry” in informal speech?
Mihai: You still use scuze, but leave out the îmi cer.
Becky: It’s similar to just saying “sorry” instead of “I’m sorry.”
Mihai: Again, you can use this with or without dar.
Becky: Some more examples please, Mihai!
Mihai: Scuze, dar nu pot veni săptămâna viitoare.
Becky: “Sorry, but I can’t come next week.”
Mihai: Scuze, nu știu cum se face.
Becky: “Sorry, I don’t know how it’s done.” Okay, so we’ve rejected the invitation because we’re busy. How do we suggest a new time when we aren’t busy?
Mihai: The most useful phrase in such scenarios is nu putem să?
Becky: This means “can’t we?”
Mihai: You then follow nu putem să with a verb and an adverb of time.
Becky: Let’s finish the lesson with some examples.
Mihai: Nu putem să mergem peste trei zile?
Becky: “Can’t we go in three days?”
Mihai: Nu putem să plecăm mai devreme?
Becky: “Can’t we leave earlier?”

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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RomanianPod101.com
Friday at 6:30 pm
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How do you refuse an invitation politely in your country?

RomanianPod101.com
Wednesday at 9:19 pm
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Bună, Joe,


Thank you for sharing! 👍

We appreciate that you are learning Romanian with us.

We hope that you will soon reach your goal!

Let us know if you have any questions.


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Patricia

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Joe B.
Tuesday at 1:02 pm
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Hi, Team!


In the U.S. it would be something like the

fołowing :


" Sorry, but I have . . . ( Fill in other commitment. ) "


😊 Joe B.🗽


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Thursday at 10:55 pm
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Bună, Dylan,


Thank you for sharing.

That is the first Welsh phrase I've ever learned😁

Let us know if you have any question.


Cheers,

Mihai

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Dylan
Saturday at 4:00 am
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În galeza "Na, dim diolch"