"I am going home."

Translation:Idę do domu.

December 31, 2015

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What is the difference between "jadę" and "idę"?


“Jadę” means that you’re using a vehicle (for instance a car), “idę” means that you are on foot.


My understanding is that in the old days if you went by foot it was "isć" and if you went on a horse it was "jechać". So, when using "go" in a general way for things like "go home", "go to school", "go to the doctor's", (where people used to walk) you still use "isć", even if you are going to go by car or other form of transport.

But if someone calls you when you're in the car, tram or whatever, or you're telling somebody how you're getting home, etc, then it is "jechać".


So dom means both: home and house?


Why not "Chodze do domu" ?


Verbs of motion are among this 1% of verbs that are translated differently if they are in Present Simple and differently if they are in Present Continous. Therefore:

to go, to walk (regularly, habitually) = chodzić

to be going, to be walking (right now) = iść

to be walking (walking around, without a purpose nor direcition) = chodzić


Would idę domu be correct as well for I am going home?


Yes. It will either mean that you are going home on foot at the very moment you're speaking, or that you are about to leave the place you are right now and head home - Present Continuous in the (quite close) future meaning, and in this meaning you may also take a vehicle, because the important thing is that you're heading home.


In english (though admittedly not in my 2 other native tongues) there isa distinction between house and home. I realise in this particular lesson, dom can mean both (i am going home, this is a house) but just ot of curiousity, is there a way of identifying them differently? A house being a building and home being where u live.

Just curious, not important.

Thnx :)


I can't think of anything, we don't have this distinction.

There is a phrase "ognisko domowe" (ognisko is a fire that you'd 'create' when camping), it seems to translate to "hearth and home" (a phrase unknown to me), but it's an uncommon, rather poetic phrase. One could use it to explain the difference between "home" and "house" to Polish people, though.


You can't say "Idę domu", do is necessary.


What does the "do" mean? Is it along the same lines as "po" before a language like "po polsku"?


"Do" and "po" are very different semantically. I don't believe they overlap anywhere. Do indicates a direction in this context, like towards. It is, by the way, etymologically related to English "to".

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/do#Polish https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/po#Polish


The only reason why you have any doubt here is because "going home" is an exception in English, you have "going to X" with any other place ;)


Questions like this one are rather unfortunate, I must admit, because they force you to learn by trial and error. If the question is in Polish you can at least see how the words are translated, but when you need to do multiple choice and you've never even been introduced to the correct word(in this case Jadę, instead of Idę, the latter being in this course unlike the former) you won't escape making the mistake...every word mentioned in questions like this one should be thoroughly examined to see if they were mentioned before, to avoid learning through forced mistakes. If Jadę means going by means of a vehicle, why wasn't that specified? Now I know that thanks to the community, but if the community wouldn't be here I'd never know...duolingo shouldn't have to rely on an external source to fix an internal systemic error...As much as I like duolingo I have to admit stuff like this grinds my gears...Design flaw...


The basic sentence here is "Idę do domu". Are you saying that there was no correct answer with "idę" but there was one with "jadę"? That would be rather surprising, but some things in terms of how the answers are being treated do change sometimes... I made "Idę do domu" the only 'best answer' so this one really will need to be present next time.


Yes, I tried "Idę do domu" and it was marked as wrong. Thank you for your reply!


It's the main translation you can see on top of this page. It's definitely accepted.


That's true, however, back when I posted my answer it was marked as wrong, nonetheless. Otherwise I wouldn't have written all this. It could be a bug or glitch.


Why not ja idzie do domu?


"idzie" is 3rd person singular: "he/she/it is going".


Firstly, because it's not a word.

Secondly, because "chodzę" (no 'i') means "I go" (on multiple occasions), not "I am going".

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