Lesson 15 – Speaking on the phone

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Street Rejection XV

If you thought so far that I don’t get rejected, then you were sadly mistaken.

 

Girl: Scuze.

Sorry.

Sergiu: Da, serios?

Yes, really?

Girl: O să te las baltă* acum. Scuză-mă.

I’m going to leave you alone now. Excuse me.

Sergiu: Bine.

Fine.

*This expression is rude. If you want to say to someone that you want to leave them in a polite way, just say “O să te las acum” or the simple “Te las”. Baltă means puddle so you can imagine why the person you are speaking to might feel dirty and used after you utter the above expression.

Grammar XV

Verbs

Today is the greatest, since you are going to be learning the past tense of verbs. We’ll take a look at two new verbs and then revisiting all the other verbs from weeks 1 and 2.

 

A zice: To say

ZicI say
ZiciYou say
ZiceHe, she says
ZicemWe say
ZicețiYou say
ZicThey say

A învăța: To learn

ÎnvățI learn
ÎnvețiYou learn
ÎnvațăHe, she learns
ÎnvățămWe learn
ÎnvățațiYou learn
ÎnvațăThey learn

 

Past participles of all the known verbs so far

FostWas
ChematCalled
NumitNamed
VenitCame
PlăcutLiked
ScuzatExcused
RugatBegged
DusWent
AjunsArrived
SpusSaid
PututCould
VorbitSpoke
AscultatListened
ÎnțelesUnderstood
CântatSang
ScrisWrote
CititRead
CumpăratBought
VrutWanted
AvutHad
MâncatAte
AșteptatWaited
GustatTasted
BăutDrank

The very simple way of expressing that somebody drank something in the past is by saying Am/Ai/A/Am/Ați/Au Băut where Am, ai, a…are simplified variants of the verb to have. The verb a avea was shortened so it would be easier to say a gustat (he/she tasted) than are gustat (which should not be used).

Dialogue XV

 

Sergiu: Alo, e acasă Sergiu?

Hello, is Sergiu home?

Daniela: Nu e aici. Cine ești?

He’s not here. Who are you?

Sergiu: Sebi sunt.

I’m Sebi.

Daniela: Ce zici? Nu înțeleg. Învață să vorbești mai tare!

What are you saying? Learn to speak louder!

Sergiu: Sebi sunt. Unde e Sergiu acum?

It’s Sebi. Where is Sergiu now?

Daniela: La mama ta.

At your mother.

Sergiu: Ok, mersi, pa!

Ok, thanks, bye!

Daniela: Apropo, e numărul greșit. Nu știu cine e Sergiu!!

By the way, it’s the wrong phone number. I don’t know who Sergiu is!!

The worst thing you could ever say to me is:

 

Key Vocabulary XV

 

Scuză (f.) – Excuse (Pl. Scuze)

A scuza – To excuse

A lăsa baltă – To abandon, to leave alone

Acum – Now

Alo – Hello (said on the phone)

Acasă – Home

Aici – Here

Cine – Who

Unde – Where

Acum – Now

La mama ta – at your mother

Mersi, pa – Thanks, bye

Apropo – By the way

Număr (n) – number (Pl. numere)

Greșit – wrong

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