"Jesteś człowiekiem?"

Translation:Are you a human?

December 13, 2015



Or are you dancer?

December 19, 2015


Nie, jestem kotem!

August 11, 2016


This probably wouldn't be one of the first sentences i'd use when speaking with someone in Poland.

February 13, 2016


I dare you to try.

May 2, 2017


Just because I'm a ginger doesn't mean you have to be mean

July 10, 2016


No, I'm not.

January 1, 2016


Why is "are you a person" marked wrong?

December 21, 2016


The matter of translating Polish "człowiek" to English "person" is difficult. I wrote something about it here: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/19428542

I think this is one of those situations when I wouldn't accept it. "Jesteś człowiekiem?", after all, is like a phrase from a sci-fi movie.

December 21, 2016


After reading your other, lengthier comment, I still don't see why "person" is marked wrong here. "Are you a human" and "are you a person" are both strange questions, like something one would only hear in a sci-fi movie. And you say in your other comment that człowiek is more commonly used than osoba. Well, "person" is more commonly used than "human" (especially as a noun). So, again, why wouldn't it be used here?

July 18, 2017


I discussed it with a native that helps us regularly, I actually expected her to agree with you, but she's against accepting it. Basically, "person" and "człowiek" overlap, but are definitely not the same. A person doesn't have to be human. Okay, obviously we enter sci-fi mode now, but if an alien asks you "Are you a human?", this alien is clearly a person as well but not a human. Similarly in comics/animations with antropomorphic animals, they are persons as well. I know that rejecting 'person' annoys many people, but I still think it's worth pointing the difference between "człowiek" and "person".

July 23, 2017


I'm still a bit baffled, but it's a pretty minor point and I appreciate your diligence. I can live with bafflement.

July 24, 2017


Person would be "osoba" I believe just like in serbo-croatian btw...Polish is a piece of cake for a native slavic speaker like me :) Just the use of the instrumental case with the verb "to be" is a bit bothersome for me, gotta get used to it...

September 18, 2017


I still find these examples very useful for learning how to structure my own sentences that make sense...

December 16, 2015


So this is what they meant by "far-fetched sentences" hahahhaah... this is indeed a strange question to ask.

December 13, 2015


I came across "Jesteś Kotem?" earlier. That is indeed a very useful phrase to learn

December 13, 2015


My cat would just give you a dirty look

December 18, 2015



December 14, 2015


Professor: Amy, what are you? Amy: Human. Professor: Damn!

Sorry to like most of you since this show is ridiculous.

December 18, 2015


Of course the robot will say yes, so how will we really know?

July 13, 2018


Have you heard the Text To Speech audio? We're still safe, they won't sound natural for some time yet ;)

July 13, 2018


Nie.... I Tak!

November 10, 2016


Nie, jestem jabłkom. Ik ben een appel :)

April 8, 2018


Nie, jestem jabłkiem.

April 8, 2018



April 8, 2018


Wygląda na to, że jeśli jesz mięso, jesteś człowiekiem. Jeśli nie, jesteś wegetarianinem.

Just a little joke, because I just came across the "humans eat meat" sentence. I am a vegetarian myself; don't have a cow! ;-)

May 20, 2018
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