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INTRODUCTION
Dana: Hi everyone, and welcome back to RomanianPod101.com This is Beginner Season 1 Lesson 22 - What is the Purpose of Your Visit to Romania? Dana Here.
Mihai: Bună. I'm Mihai.
Dana: In this lesson, you’ll learn some phrases used to express uncertain concepts. The conversation takes place at the border entrance.
Mihai: It's between a person in charge and Andreea.
Dana: The speakers are strangers; therefore, they will speak formal Romanian. Okay, let's listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUE
Responsabil: Bună ziua, bine ați venit în Țara Minunilor!
Andreea: Bine v-am găsit!
Responsabil: Care este scopul călătoriei dumneavoastră?
Andreea: Turism.
Responsabil: Cât veți sta?
Andreea: Timp de aproape 10 (zece) zile.
Responsabil: Aveți vreun lucru de declarat?
Andreea: Nu, domnule.
Responsabil: Totul este în regulă atunci. Să aveți o ședere minunată!
Andreea: Vă mulțumesc mult!
Dana: Listen to the conversation one more time slowly.
Responsabil: Bună ziua, bine ați venit în Țara Minunilor!
Andreea: Bine v-am găsit!
Responsabil: Care este scopul călătoriei dumneavoastră?
Andreea: Turism.
Responsabil: Cât veți sta?
Andreea: Timp de aproape 10 (zece) zile.
Responsabil: Aveți vreun lucru de declarat?
Andreea: Nu, domnule.
Responsabil: Totul este în regulă atunci. Să aveți o ședere minunată!
Andreea: Vă mulțumesc mult!
Dana: Listen to the conversation with the English translation.
Person in charge: Hello, welcome to Wonderland!
Andreea: Nice to be here!
Person in charge: What is the purpose of your trip?
Andreea: Tourism.
Person in charge: How long are you going to stay?
Andreea: For about 10 days.
Person in charge: Do you have anything to declare?
Andreea: No, sir.
Person in charge: Everything is alright then. Have a wonderful stay.
Andreea: Thank you.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Dana: Okay, we had a little fun in that conversation by setting it in Wonderland, but dealing with the authorities is an important thing to learn.
Mihai: It is, especially in Romania. Although we’re part of the EU, the policies and local authorities aren’t quite up to EU standards yet.
Dana: That sounds bad.
Mihai: It’s not that bad, but you’ll need lots and lots of patience.
Dana: Things are a bit slow?
Mihai: Public services are only partially digitalized, so there’s lots of forms to fill out.
Dana: I guess filling them out wrong or missing one will just make things take longer.
Mihai: Yeah, I recommend researching the forms you need before you go to any public services, just to make sure you don’t miss anything.
Dana: How about health service in Romania? How is that doing?
Mihai: The government doesn’t see it as a priority, so a lot of good doctors go abroad.
Dana: How do the people of Romania feel about this?
Mihai: The youth are frustrated and want to change things, but realize that it will take time.
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: bine ați venit [natural native speed]
Dana: welcome
Mihai: bine ați venit[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mihai: bine ați venit [natural native speed]
Dana: Next we have..
Mihai: țară [natural native speed]
Dana: land
Mihai: țară[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mihai: țară [natural native speed]
Dana: Next we have..
Mihai: minune [natural native speed]
Dana: wonder
Mihai: minune[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mihai: minune [natural native speed]
Dana: Next we have..
Mihai: scop [natural native speed]
Dana: purpose
Mihai: scop[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mihai: scop [natural native speed]
Dana: Next we have..
Mihai: călătorie [natural native speed]
Dana: trip
Mihai: călătorie[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mihai: călătorie [natural native speed]
Dana: Next we have..
Mihai: turism [natural native speed]
Dana: tourism
Mihai: turism[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mihai: turism [natural native speed]
Dana: Next we have..
Mihai: a sta [natural native speed]
Dana: to stay
Mihai: a sta[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mihai: a sta [natural native speed]
Dana: And last..
Mihai: ședere [natural native speed]
Dana: stay
Mihai: ședere[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mihai: ședere [natural native speed]
KEY VOCAB AND PHRASES
Dana: Let's have a closer look at the usage of some of the words and phrases from this lesson. The first word is..
Mihai: O ședere minunată
Dana: Meaning "a wonderful stay."
Mihai: This comes from the feminine noun in singular form ședere.
Dana: Which means “stay.” The word before this is the indefinite article “an.”
Mihai: Yes, o. Finally is the feminine singular of the adjective minunat.
Dana: This means “wonderful.” Altogether, it means “a wonderful stay.”
Mihai: You can use this to welcome someone who is staying at your place. And it’s used especially in hotels.
Dana: Can you give us an example using this word?
Mihai: Sure. For example, you can say.. Vă doresc o ședere minunată la noi în hotel.
Dana: ..which means "I wish you a wonderful stay in our hotel."
Dana: Okay, what's the next word?
Mihai: Bine v-am găsit!
Dana: Meaning "It's nice to be here!"
Dana: This is a common expression.
Mihai: First is bine, an adverb of modality meaning "well", then the pronoun v- "you," and finally the verb a găsi
Dana: Which is "to find" in the simple past form for first person. The literal translation is “Well, I found you!” but we translate it to “It’s nice to be here!”
Mihai: This is used by someone who has arrived at a place they intend to stay at.
Dana: It’s also a polite way to greet your host.
Mihai: That’s right.
Dana: Can you give us an example using this word?
Mihai: Sure. For example, you can say.. Bine v-am găsit! Mă bucur că am ajuns în sfărșit să vă văd.
Dana: .. which means "it's nice to be here! I am glad I finally got to see you."
Dana: Okay, now onto the lesson focus.

Lesson focus

Dana: In this lesson, you'll learn some phrases used to express uncertain concepts.
Dana: Let’s look at how to use the word “any.”
Mihai: We can use the indefinite pronouns vreun and vreo. Vreo can also be used as an adverb of approximation.
Dana: In this case, it would mean “some.” Let’s continue looking at “any,” though.
Mihai: There is a full declension table in the lesson notes for vreun, as it changes depending on number, gender, and case.
Dana: How are these pronouns actually used?
Mihai: You can use them when asking for an opinion. Tu ai vreo părere despre contextul politic din România?
Dana: “Do you have any opinions on the political context in Romania?”
Mihai: And also when asking for a specialist. E vreun doctor care să ne ajute aici?
Dana: “Are there any doctors here?” We can also use it for uncertain contexts. For example…
Mihai: Știi vreo avocată bună în București?
Dana: “Do you know any good lawyers in Bucharest?” Hopefully, you’ll never need that one! Next, let’s look at the adverb “about.”
Mihai: This is cam. We can use it to express uncertain numerical quantities. Avem nevoie cam de 10 scaune pentru invitații noștri.
Dana: “We need about 10 chairs for our guests.”
Mihai: We can use it to express an uncertain count. Toarnă cam o jumătate de lingură de smântână în ciorbă.
Dana: “Pour about half a spoon of sour cream in the soup.” We can also talk about uncertain time.
Mihai: Ia o pauză cam pe la ora cinci și apoi întoarce-te la antrenament.
Dana: “Take a break at about five o'clock and then get back to practice.” Finally, let’s look at “for.”
Mihai: This is expressed through the phrase timp de.
Dana: We use it to talk about a specific duration of time in certain circumstances. These circumstances are...
Mihai: Cooking instructions. Fierbe oul timp de 12 minute ca să îți iasă perfect.
Dana: “Boil the egg for 12 minutes for it to be perfect.”
Mihai: Offering directions. Mergi timp de 30 de minute și vei găsi parcul Herăstrău.
Dana: “Walk for 30 minutes and you will reach Herăstrău Park.”
Mihai: And finally, for informational use. Trenul va staționa timp de 5 minute.
Dana: “The train will stand for 5 minutes.”

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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