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INTRODUCTION
Dana: Hi everyone, and welcome back to RomanianPod101.com This is Beginner Season 1 Lesson 23 - Finding a Place to Call Home in Romania. Dana Here.
Mihai: Bună. I'm Mihai.
Dana: In this lesson, you’ll learn about negotiating. The conversation takes place at a real estate office.
Mihai: It's between a real-estate agent and Masanobu.
Dana: The speakers are strangers in a customer service context; therefore, they will speak formal Romanian. Okay, let's listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUE
Agent imobiliar: Ce fel de apartament căutați?
Masanobu: Vreau un apartament spațios, cu trei camere.
Agent imobiliar: Avem un apartament cu trei camere, mobilat, în Piața Victoriei.
Masanobu: Cât este chiria?
Agent imobiliar: 600 (șase sute) de euro pe lună. Când doriți să vă mutați?
Masanobu: Începând cu luna viitoare. Dar este prea scump.
Agent imobiliar: Putem negocia.
Masanobu: Atunci aș dori să îl văd, se poate?
Agent imobiliar: Sigur, domnule.
Dana: Listen to the conversation one more time slowly.
Agent imobiliar: Ce fel de apartament căutați?
Masanobu: Vreau un apartament spațios, cu trei camere.
Agent imobiliar: Avem un apartament cu trei camere, mobilat, în Piața Victoriei.
Masanobu: Cât este chiria?
Agent imobiliar: 600 (șase sute) de euro pe lună. Când doriți să vă mutați?
Masanobu: Începând cu luna viitoare. Dar este prea scump.
Agent imobiliar: Putem negocia.
Masanobu: Atunci aș dori să îl văd, se poate?
Agent imobiliar: Sigur, domnule.
Dana: Listen to the conversation with the English translation.
Real Estate Agent: What kind of apartment are you looking for?
Masanobu: I want a spacious apartment with three rooms.
Real Estate Agent: We have a furnished, three bedroom apartment in Victoriei Square.
Masanobu: How much is the rent?
Real Estate Agent: 600 Euro per month. When do you want to move in?
Masanobu: Starting next month. But it's too expensive.
Real Estate Agent: We can negotiate.
Masanobu: Then I would like to see it, can I?
Real Estate Agent: Certainly, sir.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Dana: I hope Masanobu can find a good place to live that is also affordable.
Mihai: Me, too. Maybe he will find a place near to some tourist sites.
Dana: What is a popular urban attraction for tourists?
Mihai: Dracula’s Castle is popular due to the stories around Vlad Dracul Tepes.
Dana: I hear that the Romanian Orthodox churches and citadels are beautiful and popular, too.
Mihai: That’s right. You can see them in cities such as Brasov, Sighisoara, Sibiu, Cluj-Napoca, Alba-Iulia, and Iasi.
Dana: What kind of things are there to see in Bucharest?
Mihai: Tourists can explore the historical city center, visit the Palace of Parliament, and enjoy the colorful nightlife.
Dana: It sounds good! Some people don’t like to visit cities though, and would rather go to the countryside.
Mihai: That’s also an amazing destination for tourists as they can discover the various traditional houses, local traditions, and what it’s like to live as a regular Romanian.
Dana: Are regular Romanians welcoming?
Mihai: Yes, they are. They might even invite you over to dinner if you’re visiting.
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: fel [natural native speed]
Dana: kind
Mihai: fel [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mihai: fel [natural native speed]
Dana: Next we have..
Mihai: a vrea [natural native speed]
Dana: to want
Mihai: a vrea[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mihai: a vrea [natural native speed]
Dana: Next we have..
Mihai: spațios [natural native speed]
Dana: spacious
Mihai: spațios[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mihai: spațios [natural native speed]
Dana: Next we have..
Mihai: cameră [natural native speed]
Dana: room
Mihai: cameră[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mihai: cameră [natural native speed]
Dana: Next we have..
Mihai: mobilat [natural native speed]
Dana: furnished
Mihai: mobilat[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mihai: mobilat [natural native speed]
Dana: Next we have..
Mihai: chirie [natural native speed]
Dana: rent
Mihai: chirie[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mihai: chirie [natural native speed]
Dana: Next we have..
Mihai: euro [natural native speed]
Dana: euro
Mihai: euro[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mihai: euro [natural native speed]
Dana: Next we have..
Mihai: pe [natural native speed]
Dana: per
Mihai: pe[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mihai: pe [natural native speed]
Dana: Next we have..
Mihai: lună [natural native speed]
Dana: month
Mihai: lună[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mihai: lună [natural native speed]
Dana:Next we have..
Mihai: a începe [natural native speed]
Dana: to start
Mihai: a începe[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mihai: a începe [natural native speed]
Dana: Next we have..
Mihai: scump [natural native speed]
Dana: expensive
Mihai: scump[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mihai: scump [natural native speed]
Dana: And last..
Mihai: a negocia [natural native speed]
Dana: to negotiate
Mihai: a negocia [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mihai: a negocia [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 phrase is..
Mihai: ce fel de...
Dana: Meaning "what kind of..."
Dana: This is an interrogative expression.
Mihai: It’s made out of the relative pronoun ce, and the neuter noun fel.
Dana: This noun means “kind” in its singular form.
Mihai: Finally is the preposition de, which means “of.”
Dana: It literally means “what kind of…”
Mihai: You can use this to ask someone about something specific.
Dana: Can you give us an example using this phrase?
Mihai: Sure. For example, you can say.. Nu știe ce fel de haine să își ia la ea.
Dana: ..which means "She does not know what kind of clothes to take with her."
Dana: Okay, what's the next word?
Mihai: pe lună
Dana: Meaning "per month."
Dana: This is an adverbial structure.
Mihai: First is the preposition pe, meaning “on” and then lună.
Dana: This is a feminine noun in singular form, meaning “moon.” It literally means “on month,” but we can say “per month.”
Mihai: It’s used to talk about something that happens on a monthly basis.
Dana: So it can be used for rent.
Mihai: You can also say per lună in more commercial settings.
Dana: Can you give us an example using this word?
Mihai: Sure. For example, you can say.. Câștigă cu două sute de euro mai mult pe lună la noul ei loc de muncă.
Dana: .. which means "She earns two hundred euros more per month at her new job."
Dana: Okay, now onto the lesson focus.

Lesson focus

Dana: In this lesson, you'll learn about negotiating.
Dana: Let’s begin by learning about “starting from…”
Mihai: A fitting way to start! This is începând cu.
Dana: It is a structure with an adverbial function.
Mihai: It is made from the gerund form of the verb a începe, “to start” and the preposition cu “with.”
Dana: Let’s hear some examples.
Mihai: Prețurile mașinilor se reduc începând cu 30 decembrie.
Dana: “The car prices are decreasing starting with the 30th of December.”
Mihai: Hai să reducem din cheltuieli începând cu luna mai.
Dana: “Let’s cut on our expenses starting from May.” Now, let’s move on to “too expensive.”
Mihai: This is prea scump. It is made from the adverb prea “too” and the adjective scump.
Dana: Which means “expensive.” This is a useful phrase when negotiating price.
Mihai: Yes. For example, Această bluză este prea scumpă.
Dana: “This blouse is too expensive.”
Mihai: Buchetul de flori e prea scump. Vă plătesc jumătate din prețul acestuia.
Dana: “This flower bouquet is too expensive. I will pay you half the price.” Finally, let’s look at some vocabulary to help us talk about apartments.
Mihai: For example, you can use adjectives such as mare
Dana: “Big.”
Mihai: mic
Dana: “small.”
Mihai: ieftin
Dana: “cheap”
Mihai: murdar
Dana: “dirty.” Other things that are useful are verbs.
Mihai: Yes, such as a renova
Dana: “to renovate”
Mihai: a vopsi
Dana: “to paint” Also, some nouns.
Mihai: dormitor
Dana: “bedroom”
Mihai: podea
Dana: “floor.” There are many more words in the lesson notes.

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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