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novice question pan and panni

hi just starting out but have listened to an audio learning cd and in every instance the lady on there uses pan and panni addressing male and female . ie panni ma , pan ma ect so how often would this method be used ,its just that i feel im starting from scratch again . on the plus side alot of my workmates here in cornwall are polish (the reason im here) so can get alot of help when im back at work

2 years ago

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pan/pani (single n) + 3rd sg. is the polite form. ty (2nd sg.) is for friends, family, people you are on a first name basis with. everyone else is pan or pani. I guess as a learner you'd be forgiven for not sticking to this, but generally this rule is always valid.

2 years ago

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ah many thanks for that

2 years ago

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"Pan" and "pani" are used in formal situations, to your boss, teacher (in Poland teachers are like bosses) etc. "Pan" is used for men (in context "males") and "pani" for women. Do you call your workmates by their name or by "Mr./Mrs./Miss"? If you call them by their names, you'll use 2nd singular "ty" form and don't use "pan" or "pani". If you call them by "Mr./Mrs./Miss", you'll use "pan" or "pani" their name or surname (in very formal situations you use surnames, like "pan Nowak", "pani Kowalska"; in less formal you use names, like "pan Jan", "pani Anna/Ania" [1st one is full name, the 2nd is a short name]) and 3rd singular. I hope you understand ;)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sowhatif

thanks ,yes i understand i call them all by their first name ,the audio course is great as i dont have too much time at the moment and ive a 30 min drive to work when i can absorb a bit of polish,but it all seems to be formal so far .anyway thanks for the reply looking forward to getting back on this ,would love to speak polish

2 years ago

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You're welcome <3 You can ask me if you don't understand something ;)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sowhatif

yes thanks again the informal stuff came about cd3 . havnt been on here for a while but i am on the michel thomas advanced course and find myself speaking polish quite alot at work now I need a lot more vocabulary but this course builds the engine of the polish language while drip feeding very important words and im really enjoying it (my polish friends at work are very helpful) tbh i struggle with the spelling here and this causes me to get frustraited and not finish the lesson but anyway im going to finish this course and get back here eventually

2 years ago