"Dziewczynka je jabłko."

Translation:A girl is eating an apple.

December 11, 2015



Just to clarify, Polish doesn't have a present progressive tense so the simple present can be translated as either the simple present or present progressive in English?

December 11, 2015


We don’t use present progressive in Polish. We can make it, e.g. „Dziewczynka jest jedząca jabłko”, it is understandable but it sounds strange, unnatural.

December 11, 2015


It is not grammatical. Polish has essentially one present tense, just like German does. In some cases you can emphasise the fact that the action is recurrent - Dziewczynka jada jabłka. This sentence cannot be translated using present continuous.

December 12, 2015


What is "jada"?

December 15, 2015


3rd person singular present of "jadać" - https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/jada%C4%87

December 15, 2015


“jeść” is infinitive form of verb, “to eat” in English.

February 27, 2016


It is sometimes eating

February 20, 2018


Im a Poland boy its hard languege

February 20, 2018


Does anyone have a tip for memorizing the spelling of "Dziewczynka"? It doesn't look anything like it sounds to me, more like just a random pile of letters. Should I focus on learning the alphabet and sounds more before I start on this DuoLingo course?

December 15, 2015


There are clusters of letters for specific sounds in Polish. I think, it would be beneficial to learn the pronunciation first, or use the link as a cheat sheet.

As a Ukrainian speaker, I'll try to break down the spelling, according to those rules.


dz – dz (like in kids, beads), however, in this word "dzi" sounds like "dź" ("dg" in "dodge"). Ć, ś, ź before vowels change to ci, si, zi, but the sound is the same.

e ‒ ee (please)

w – v (vine), but before "cz" it's more muffled and sounds like "f".

cz ‒ ch (chest)

y ‒ a specific sound, similar to the Russian "ы". Sounds close to the "i" sound in "big", but with greater tension.

Then it's just n, k, a – nka.

P.S.: any corrections are welcomed. Thank you!

December 15, 2015


When "dz" is followed by "i", it's pronounced like "dź" (like the English "j" in "jar").

January 22, 2016


İ mean polish is very difficult

January 25, 2019


Does Polish have gendered nouns?

December 12, 2015


Yes. There are masculine, feminine and neuter nouns.

December 13, 2015


To be more precise, there are these: 1. masculine: a) personal b) impersonal animate, c) inanimate, 2. feminine, 3. neuter - in singular and: 1. masculine personal, 2. not masculine personal - in plural.

December 14, 2015


I almost wrote: A girl is an apple, since 'je' in Croatian is the third person singular form of 'to be.'

September 4, 2016
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