"What would you talk about?"
Translation:O czym byś mówił?
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I think it is worth to add, that this contains a phenomenon very specific to Polish language: in 1-st and 2-nd person singular and plural, the ending of verb is moved from the verb to the particle "by", that is why "by" gets endings -m , -ś , -śmy, -ście:
- 1st person singular: by mówiłem -> transformed to bym mówił, by mówiłam - bym mówiła,
- 2nd person singular: by mówiłeś -> byś mówił, by mówiłaś -> byś mówiła,
- 3rd person singular: by mówił; by mówiła; by mówiło - no transformation
- 1st person plural: by mówiliśmy -> byśmy mówili, by mówiłyśmy -> byśmy mówiły,
- 2nd person plural: by mówiliście -> byście mówili, by mówiłyście -> byście mówiły,
- 3rd person plural: by mówili, by mówiły - no transformation
Hm, you made me think a bit. And no, it is not always true.
- You do not usually place a separated particle "-by-" before verbs that do not need a subject, like "padać" (to rain). And you cannot do that if there is nothing else before such verb.
- You have to attach the particle -by- to words "jeśli", "gdyby", "jakby", "żeby", "aby" etc. in conditional mood, see https://prologpublishing.com/blog/zdania-warunkowe-w-jezyku-polskim.html
The verb "gadać" is not exactly "to talk". It is closer to "to schmooze", "to twaddle", "to gab". It is highly colloquial and slightly pejorative. You can say to your friend or family member "Nie gadaj głupot" [Do not twaddle fluff], or scold your child "Nie gadaj, jedz obiad" [Do not gab, eat the lunch]. You can say that some people eating and drinking at the table "Gadają o różnych sprawach" [Are schmoozing on various subjects]. You could comment a politician's speech "Gada głupoty" [He is jawing b*llocks], but you can also jokingly hail someone's speech "Dobrze gada, dajcie mu wódki!" [He is talking right, give him some vodka!]
"O czym bys gadał" could be OK when addressed to a close friend, but when addressed to a stranger, or someone who is preparing an important discourse - it would rather be considered disrespectful.