Dialogue

Vocabulary

Learn New Words FAST with this Lesson’s Vocab Review List

Get this lesson’s key vocab, their translations and pronunciations. Sign up for your Free Lifetime Account Now and get 7 Days of Premium Access including this feature.

Or sign up using Facebook
Already a Member?

Lesson Notes

Unlock In-Depth Explanations & Exclusive Takeaways with Printable Lesson Notes

Unlock Lesson Notes and Transcripts for every single lesson. Sign Up for a Free Lifetime Account and Get 7 Days of Premium Access.

Or sign up using Facebook
Already a Member?

Lesson Transcript

Romanian Survival Phrases. Season 2. Lesson 8: May I Take Your Picture? in Romanian
INTRODUCTION
Salut, and welcome to Romanian Survival Phrases, brought to you by RomanianPod101.com
This course is designed to equip you with the language skills and knowledge to enable you to get the most out of your visit to Romania. You'll be surprised at how far a little Romanian will go.
Now before we jump in, remember to stop by RomanianPod101.com.
There, you’ll find the accompanying PDF lesson notes and additional info in the post. If you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment.
How many times have you been on a trip with your camera, trying to immortalize an epic moment? In Romania, there are so many amazing landscapes and people to tempt your camera that you won’t be able put it away! I know you don’t want to jeopardize your marvelous album in Romania. That’s why we’ll be devoting this lesson to more photo phrases.
BODY
In the last lesson we learned how to ask someone to take your picture:
Puteți să îmi faceți o poză?
But what can you do if you want to take someone else’s picture? Sometimes with people that you don’t know this request can be bothersome. That’s why you must be as nice as you can.
“Excuse me, can I take your picture, please?” in Romanian is
Mă scuzați, pot să vă fac o poză, vă rog?
Let’s break it down:
(slow) Mă scu-zați, pot să vă fac o po-ză vă rog?
Once more:
Mă scuzați, pot să vă fac o poză, vă rog?
You definitely know the meaning of Mă scuzați and Vă rog, so let’s explain the rest of our phrase.
Pot is a form of the verb that means “to be able to”.
(slow) Pot.
Pot.
Next comes să vă fac, which means “to make you.”
(slow) Să vă fac.
Să vă fac.
After that comes o poză, which means “one picture” or “a picture”.
(slow) O po-ză.
O poză.
Altogether, we have
(slow) Mă scu-zați, pot să vă fac o po-ză vă rog?
Mă scuzați, pot să vă fac o poză, vă rog?
In situations that don’t call for politeness, such as if you’re asking to take a young person’s photo, you can ask
Pot să îți fac o poză?
(slow) Pot să îți fac o po-ză?
Pot să îți fac o poză?
The only thing we changed here was the word îți, which is the singular “you.” We changed it to Să îți fac.
(slow) Să îți fac.
Să îți fac.
Once again the whole question is
Pot să îți fac o poză?
Other situations where you’ll need permission to take pictures are when you are at museums, art galleries, churches, and shops.
“Can I take pictures in here?” in Romanian is
Pot să fac poze aici?
Let’s break it down:
(slow) Pot să fac po-ze a-ici?
And once again:
Pot să fac poze aici?
The first words pot să fac are translated as “I am able to make”.
The second word, poze, is the plural form of the word poză meaning “picture” and aici means “here”.
(slow) A-ici
Aici
So the whole question is
(slow) Pot să fac po-ze a-ici?
Pot să fac poze aici?
REVIEW
Okay, to close out this lesson, we'd like you to practice what you've just learned. I'll provide you with the English equivalent of the phrase and you're responsible for saying it aloud. You have a few seconds before I give you the answer, so mult noroc , which means "Good luck!" in Romanian.
“Excuse me, can I take your picture?” (formal)
(3 sec) Mă scuzați, pot să vă fac o poză, vă rog?
(slow) Mă scu-zați, pot să vă fac o po-ză vă rog?
Mă scuzați, pot să vă fac o poză, vă rog?
“Can I take your picture?” (informal)
(3 sec) Pot să îți fac o poză?
(slow) Pot să îți fac o po-ză?
Pot să îți fac o poză?
“Can I take pictures here?”
(3 sec) Pot să fac poze aici?
(slow)Pot să fac po-ze a-ici?
Pot să fac poze aici?

Outro

All right, that's all for this lesson!
Remember to stop by RomanianPod101.com and pick up the accompanying PDF lesson notes.
If you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment.
Pa!

3 Comments

Hide
Please to leave a comment.
😄 😞 😳 😁 😒 😎 😠 😆 😅 😜 😉 😭 😇 😴 😮 😈 ❤️️ 👍
Sorry, please keep your comment under 800 characters. Got a complicated question? Try asking your teacher using My Teacher Messenger.

RomanianPod101.comVerified
Monday at 6:30 pm
Pinned Comment
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

Hi listeners! Do you like to take pictures of people in the streets when you travel? 

RomanianPod101.com
Saturday at 2:40 am
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

Hello Jason,


Thank you for posting.

We are sorry for the inconvenience caused.

We’ll consider your feedback for our future development.

Let us know if you have any question.


Mihai

Team RomanianPod101.com

Jason
Sunday at 8:46 pm
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

I had to search for this! The link you sent in the email led me to an error page! 😞