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INTRODUCTION
Dana: Hi everyone, and welcome back to RomanianPod101.com. This is Beginner Season 1 Lesson 15 - Do You Like Your Romanian Neighborhood? Dana Here.
Mihai: Bună. I'm Mihai.
Dana: In this lesson, you’ll learn how to use adjectives to describe places. The conversation takes place at a park.
Mihai: It's between Andreea and Masanobu.
Dana: The speakers are friends; therefore, they will speak informal Romanian. Okay, let's listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUE
Andreea: Ce îmi place cartierul acesta!
Masanobu: Da? Ce îți place la el?
Andreea: Are bibliotecă, supermarket, poștă, un parc și stație de metrou.
Masanobu: Ah, înseamnă că este foarte convenabil.
Andreea: Da, este convenabil, dar este și foarte liniștit. Noaptea nu este gălăgie.
Masanobu: Cu ce mergi în centru de obicei?
Andreea: Iau autobuzul și apoi metroul și durează doar douăzeci de minute.
Masanobu: Ce norocoasă ești!
Dana: Listen to the conversation one more time, slowly.
Andreea: Ce îmi place cartierul acesta!
Masanobu: Da? Ce îți place la el?
Andreea: Are bibliotecă, supermarket, poștă, un parc și stație de metrou.
Masanobu: Ah, înseamnă că este foarte convenabil.
Andreea: Da, este convenabil, dar este și foarte liniștit. Noaptea nu este gălăgie.
Masanobu: Cu ce mergi în centru de obicei?
Andreea: Iau autobuzul și apoi metroul și durează doar douăzeci de minute.
Masanobu: Ce norocoasă ești!
Dana: Listen to the conversation with the English translation.
Andreea: I like this neighborhood so much!
Masanobu: You do? What do you like about it?
Andreea: It has a library, a supermarket, a post office, a park and a subway station.
Masanobu: Oh, that means it's very convenient.
Andreea: Yes, it's convenient, but also very quiet. There's no noise during the night.
Masanobu: What do you usually ride to go downtown?
Andreea: I take the bus and then the subway and it only takes 20 minutes.
Masanobu: You're so lucky!
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Dana: What are considered to be good and convenient Romanian cities to live in?
Mihai: Many expats, and even Romanians, consider Cluj-Napoca, Brasov, Timisoara, Iasi and Bucharest to be good cities.
Dana: Yes, natives of the country often move to these convenient cities, especially if they’ve studied there.
Mihai: That’s right. One thing you need to check on before you decide where to live is transportation.
Dana: What is transportation like in Romania?
Mihai: It’s not very good for private vehicles. You should choose a home close to public transportation or your workplace.
Dana: Where are good places to live for traveling?
Mihai: If you live in Brasov or Cluj-Napoca, you will be closer to the mountains and the countryside.
Dana: What about if you live in Bucharest?
Mihai: You’ll be between mountain resorts and the seaside, so that’s convenient too. Another tip I have for you is to find a place with a supermarket.
Dana: Yes, it’s always good to have a place where you can find food and supplies.
Mihai: Most of the neighborhoods in the big cities have 24/7 shops, too.
Dana: Okay, now onto the vocab.
VOCAB LIST
Dana: Let’s take a look at the vocabulary from this lesson. The first word is..
Mihai: cartier [natural native speed]
Dana: neighborhood
Mihai: cartier[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mihai: cartier [natural native speed]
Dana: Next we have..
Mihai: a plăcea [natural native speed]
Dana: to like
Mihai: a plăcea[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mihai: a plăcea [natural native speed]
Dana: Next we have..
Mihai: bibliotecă [natural native speed]
Dana: library
Mihai: bibliotecă[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mihai: bibliotecă [natural native speed]
Dana: Next we have..
Mihai: poștă [natural native speed]
Dana: post office
Mihai: poștă[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mihai: poștă [natural native speed]
Dana: Next we have..
Mihai: stație [natural native speed]
Dana: station
Mihai: stație[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mihai: stație [natural native speed]
Dana: Next we have..
Mihai: metrou [natural native speed]
Dana: subway
Mihai: metrou[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mihai: metrou [natural native speed]
Dana: Next we have..
Mihai: gălăgie [natural native speed]
Dana: noise
Mihai: gălăgie[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mihai: gălăgie [natural native speed]
Dana: Next we have..
Mihai: a dura [natural native speed]
Dana: to take
Mihai: a dura[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mihai: a dura [natural native speed]
Dana: And lastly..
Mihai: norocos [natural native speed]
Dana: lucky
Mihai: norocos[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mihai: norocos [natural native speed]
KEY VOCAB AND PHRASES
Dana: Let's have a closer look at some of the words and phrases from this lesson. The first word is..
Mihai: Ce îți place la...?
Dana: Meaning "What do you like about...?"
Dana: This is an interrogative structure.
Mihai: First is the invariable pronoun ce, meaning "what,” then is the dative case of the second person singular personal pronoun, îți.
Dana: Which means “you.” This is followed by the verb “to like.”
Mihai: In Romanian this is a place, and finally is the preposition la.
Dana: It means “to.” Altogether the phrase translates literally to “what you like to.”
Mihai: You can use this to ask someone why they like something.
Dana: Can you give us an example using this phrase?
Mihai: Sure. For example, you can say.. Ce îți place la Andreea atât de mult?
Dana: ..which means "What do you like about Andreea so much?"
Dana: Okay, what's next?
Mihai: Ce norocos
Dana: Meaning "So lucky."
Dana: This is an exclamatory expression.
Mihai: First, again, is the invariable pronoun ce.
Dana: Meaning “what.”
Mihai: Then it’s the masculine singular form of the adjective norocos.
Dana: Which means “lucky.” Translated literally, this expression means “what lucky,” or a better translation would be “so lucky.”
Mihai: It’s used when the speaker wants to express their exclamation regarding someone's luck in a certain situation.
Dana: Can you give us an example using this word?
Mihai: Sure. For example, you can say.. Ce norocos am fost să prind trenul acum!
Dana: .. which means "How lucky I was to catch the train now!"
Dana: Okay, now onto the lesson focus.

Lesson focus

Dana: In this lesson, you'll learn how to use adjectives to describe places.
Dana: First, let’s look at the adjective “convenient.”
Mihai: This has a flexible form which depends on the noun that it’s describing. For example there is convenabilă.
Dana: That is the feminine singular form. What is the feminine plural form?
Mihai: convenabile. The masculine singular form is convenabil, and the plural is convenabili.
Dana: Let’s hear some example sentences.
Mihai: Mi s-a părut un preț convenabil pentru acest televizor.
Dana: “It seemed to me a convenient price for this TV set.”
Mihai: Aceasta este piscina publică cea mai convenabilă din oraș.
Dana: “This is the most convenient public swimming pool in the city.” Next, let’s look at the adjective “quiet.”
Mihai: This adjective comes from the verb a (se) liniști.
Dana: Which means “to reassure” or “to be quiet.” You can use this adjective to talk about quiet places and temperaments as well as to encourage someone.
Mihai: It can also be used as an adverb of modality. For example, El merge liniștit spre gara de Nord.
Dana: “He goes quietly to the North Station.” Again, this adjective conjugates depending on the noun. Mihai, What is the feminine singular form?
Mihai: liniștită. The feminine plural form is liniștite.
Dana: What about the masculine forms?
Mihai: The singular is liniștit, and plural is liniștiți.
Dana: Again, let’s hear some sentences.
Mihai: Am ales să mă mut într-un cartier mai liniștit.
Dana: “I chose to move to a quieter neighborhood.”
Mihai: Îmi place să vin aici pentru că e un loc foarte liniștit.
Dana: “I love to come here because it is a very quiet place.” Let’s finish this lesson by hearing some example sentences that use other adjectives.
Mihai: Am ajuns într-un cartier cu clădiri vechi frumoase.
Dana: “We have come to a neighborhood with beautiful old buildings.”
Mihai: Mi-am cumpărat multe ghivece mov pentru florile din casă.
Dana: “I bought many purple pots for the flowers in the house.”
Mihai: Vecinul meu Mihai și-a construit un garaj foarte grotesc.
Dana: “My neighbor Mihai built himself a very grotesque garage.”

Outro

Dana: 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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