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"My mamy ciasteczka."

Translation:We have cookies.

December 10, 2015



For anyone who can't understand it, "it means come to the dark side, we have cookies!". :)


Great! One question though: is "ciasteczka" the diminutive for cookies?


Cake -> cookie -> small cookie = ciasto -> ciastko -> ciasteczko


I love the Duolingo community so much :')


a lingot for you :D


Where did you find this polish star wars meme? I'm trying to save to my phone but that option isn't available in the app


How did I miss this before? You win the Internet for that lmao.


Wow what a beautiful word for cookies. I'll never bake the same way again! :)


"Частичка" means "a tiny thing/part/particle" in Russian. So this word is twice as confusing for me.


Surely related to "тесто" (dough, pastry) though.


Oh, that clears out the origin of the word now, thank you.


Частичка is cząsteczka in polish


I sat at my computer for 5 minutes trying to remember how to pronounce "ciasteczka"


Heres how i remember it (CHEST-ITCH-KA


I can speak Polish nearly fluently but trying to turn that into text really makes me think for a while.


My problem is that I've lived in Poland for 25 years, never took any lessons (when I was younger and it was easier to learn a language) and spent all my time in an environment where someone spoke English (I was training English teachers) so I never really 'had to' learn Polish to survive. Now I understand a LOT (depending on the context and how fast someone speaks), but ask me to respond or take part in a conversation and.... pffft. I sound like a child raised by wolves or something, and it's quite stressful. So my problem is that it's too easy just to translate the sentences correctly into English and move on. I need to slow down and really learn the Polish, and especially work on practices where I have to write it in Polish and say it. I'm hoping that by the end of this course, I won't be such a total embarrassment to myself when someone who has only been here a year has to do all the talking just to order in a cafe. Sheesh!


I can't decide if that's encouraging - because someone who can speak it still struggles with the writing - or depressing/terrifying, as a learner LOL 8-o


if you need help feel free to ask me bcause i am a native speaker


Join the dark side, we have cookies!


Can "ciasteczka" be translated as biscuits?


Yes ciasteczko can be translated to biscuit. Cookie is an American word!


That makes sense, I don't always know when they're synonymous XD

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"Biscuit" is "herbatnik" in Polish :)


That must be the translation of the American meaning of "biscuit"? In Britain "biscuit" means "cookie".


Yes, it is.


I would say Ciastka. But yes its same i think


In Hungarian is similar tészta = ciastka. We use it for pasta and cakes/cookies. I normally can find a little mod to make Polish words easy to remember here just had to swap the first letter the rest is pronounced very similarly


Is there a difference between plural cookie and singular?


Is the my in 'my mamy' not too much? Mamy already says 'we have', so isn't it like 'we we have'?


Absolutely! Since conjugation of the verb says it all, the repetition of the same information serves no purpose. Most of the Polish sentences in this course are unfortunately literal, word for word, translations from English...

It is a pity, because it's really easy to learn one very basic and simple rule:

English: NO verb conjugation - personal pronoun is necessary
Polish: verb conjugation - personal pronoun is NOT necessary

I have - mam
you have - masz
he/she/it has - ma (exception to the "no verb conjugation" rule)

we have - mamy
you have - macie
they have - mają

Educated Polish speakers do not use pronouns and conjugated verbs
together, unless they want to emphasize or compare certain people:

Mamy ciastka/ Mamy herbatniki - We have cookies
My mamy ciastka, a wy macie chleb - We have cookies, but you have bread


Thank you! It's similar to Spanish in this sense too.


Polish is a pro-drop language, so you can leave off the pronoun, but you don't have to, afaik. It's correct to use either. I think it's more usual not to use it, but I don't think either is 'wrong'. Native speakers would be able to elucidate further... :)

With the disclaimer that I'm not a native speaker of either language, Polish seems more inclined to drop pronouns than Russian, even though I believe they're both classified as pro-drop languages.


I’m a native speaker of two Slavic languages (not Polish though). What flootzavut wrote seems correct to me. “My mamy” = a pronoun + a conjugated verb in the present, that implies usage of the aforesaid pronoun, so there’s no harm in dropping it. Although, in Polish it seems more common than in Ukrainian or Russian.

For example, in English it is possible to say: Q: why didn't you answer my calls last night? A: was busy. This is not grammatically correct in English, although one can drop a pronoun in their speech when it's obvious in the context. In Polish it's more fixed in the grammar due to conjugation.


I'm glad it's not just me who has that perception of pro-drop tendencies with Russian (and Ukrainian) - I am guessing, though trying not to assume, that those are your two native tongues?

I managed to go through Russian to an honours degree level without ever even coming across the term pro-drop LOL even after spending a year learning Croatian as an elective, which is decidedly more pro-drop happy than Russian headdesk absurd, I know.


Yep, those are my native languages :) In terms of pronoun usage, Polish very much reminds me of Spanish. And from my profound knowledge of the South Slavic languages (that comes from reading “Let it go” lyrics in Serbian :D), Serbian and Croatian indeed are more pro-drop than Russian, and probably just a little less than Polish.

In Russian and Ukrainian we usually drop a pronoun to avoid redundancy in a sentence (after the initial pronoun). Basically the purpose of pro-dropping is to make a sentence... Neat? But it’s 100% grammatical to use as much pronouns as in English.


I would absolutely love to see the Balkan languages make an appearance on Duolingo!

I am pretty sure I will continue the tradition of trying any Slavic language that appears (my main interest in Romanian is as a Romance language influenced by Slavic languages, I may be a little fixated ;)), but for it to be a South Slavic language would be a real bonus :D


I've been trying to sign up to help with adding Bulgarian to Duolingo, so your guys hopes might come true soon :)


And from my profound knowledge of the South Slavic languages (that comes from reading “Let it go” lyrics in Serbian :D)

This made me laugh aloud, thanks ;D

It is a very, very long time since I actually studied Croatian, but I think maybe the past tense in Croatian is more like Russian and less like Polish, so probably requires pronouns more than Polish, with its very specific past tenses. But my Croatian was one year's worth of uni fifteen years ago, so I don't know how accurate my recollection is. I have been searching for my language books for months and not finding them, so I can't check 8-p

It often boggles me how many little details I either missed or forgot after studying Russian so intensely. I don't know that it ever registered it was even okay to drop pronouns, though I presume I probably picked it up somewhat when I lived in Russia.


As usual, when you are in a language environment you pick up clusters of information just like idiomatic phrases, without pondering over them too much :) Probably it was the case with Russian and its pronouns.

I'd like to see more Slavic languages here, on Duolingo, to make further comparison between them. At least one from the Balkan group would be great :)


I also wondered this. I'm just starting out with polish. English is my first language and I am maybe 65% fluent in Spanish. I'm glad to see it can be said either way.


Could someone conjugate the Polish "have"? I'm having trouble keeping up with we/you/I


1st sg: (ja) mam

2nd sg: (ty) masz

3rd sg: (on/ona/ono) ma

1st pl: (my) mamy

2nd pl: (wy) macie

3rd pl: (oni/one) mają


Is there a rule to conjugate verbs in Polish or is it like the French where you have to learn each verb by heart?


There are several patterns, but soon you will probably start recognizing them and guessing correctly the forms of verbs which are new for you. I don't exactly know any rule.


The sentence "My mamy ciasteczka" sounds clumsy and silly.

cookies/ biscuits/ tea biscuits - ciastka/ herbatniki
tiny little cookies - bardzo małe ciastka/ ciasteczka

We have cookies/biscuits - Mamy ciastka/ Mamy herbatniki
We have cookies/biscuits - Jemy ciastka/ Jemy herbatniki


These ciasteczka or these ciasteczka, please, help me to understand the distinction.


It bases on size. Small - "ciasteczka", normal/large "ciastka". Personally I use "ciasteczka" only for small, crispy cookies, without cream. And of course for web cookies.


Thanks! How about the ones with cream?


Just "ciastko"/"ciasto", eventually "ciastko z kremem".


Why is the plural of ciasteczko not ciasteczki?


"Ciasteczko" is a neutral gender. Most of polish neutral words in plural ends with "-a" "-ta". "-i" is a typical ending of feminine plural forms.


So, ciastko for one single cookie, and ciasteczka for several cookies..??


Yes. Ciasto/ciacho/ciastko/ciasteczko singular, ciasta/ciacha/ciastka/ciasteczka plural


Sounds similar to Ukrainian "тістечко" which means, as far as I understand, a quite different yet still related thing.


Why does "We have an apple" is "Mamy jabłko" but "We have cookies" is "My mamy ciasteczka"? Does it have anything to do with being plural and singular?


No. It's just a choice of whoever put those sentences into the course.

"We have an apple" = "(My) mamy jabłko."

"We have cookies" - "(My) mamy ciasteczka."

In Polish, the personal pronoun is totally redundant for 1st and 2nd person, as the form of the verb makes it clear who's the subject. As 3rd person is concerned, it can be omitted as well, but it's not that common as with 1st and 2nd.

If you actually do use a pronoun for 1st and 2nd, it's as if you put more emphasis to it. So it's kinda like "WE have cookies".


Funny story. When I was 20 I went to Poland. We were at a bar and I mentioned I wanted one of the cookies I had seen another patron eating. My friend Marek told me, "when the waitress comes, tell her 'po proszu ciastek.'" I did, to a shocked look. I'll leave it to you to figure out what I actually asked for.


Why is it "My mamy" here but previously just "mamy"? Are both correct?


How do you know if it's one singular cookie, or the plural cookies?


The singular would end in -o, hence ciasteczko.

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