"Patrzyłam jak gotował obiad."

Translation:I was looking at how he was cooking lunch.

March 2, 2016

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Why is "I was looking at how he was cooking dinner" incorrect? "Looking how he was cooking" doesn't make sense in English...


Fixed now, thanks.


Can this sentence mean both "I was looking as he was cooking dinner" and "I was looking at how he was cooking dinner"? Those could mean two quite different things - I could and would take the first one to mean I was looking (at something else that was happening) as he was cooking dinner (so I didn't see what he added into the soup).


Well... theoretically it could mean that you were looking at somewhere else while he was cooking dinner, although I would specify what you were looking at then. The version where you were looking at the process of cooking seems a lot more probable.


I believe what Brian means is can jak mean how (i.e. the way in which he was cooking lunch) in this sentence, or only as/while? My understanding is that it just means as/while in this case - is that correct? Looking is the wrong verb, by the way; it should be "I was watching as he was cooking lunch."


I asked my team, which includes native English speakers as well as people who have spent most of their lives in English-speaking countries, and they all agreed that both "looking" and its (quote) 'more intense version' "watching" make sense in this sentence. "watching" is accepted.

The problem with making "watching" the main translation is that it would make people translate it into Polish as "oglądał[em/am]", which is rather used for movies and TV. So it makes sense with Jamie Oliver, but not with my dad.

This "jak" here is supposed to mean that I was looking at the process of him cooking lunch, but in a way it could also mean 'the way in which he was cooking', I believe.


I think "I was watching as he was cooking lunch" is better English and the meaning is that the onlooker is learning how to cook the lunch, watching how it is done.


Why is "I was looking while he was cooking lunch" incorrect? Surely it means the same as "as"? Also, it is really confusing when the verb is a feminine form with "-łam" but the phrase is read by a male voice. I have to think for quite a few seconds to figure out what is off. Can't these first person feminine forms be made to be spoken only by female voices?


I put "on" in the middle of the sentence. Is that definitely wrong?


patrzyłam jak on gotował obiad is correct.


In wiktionary the verb is patrzeć with past tense patrzałam.while patrzič seems to be an alternative form.do i understand that correctly?


Yes, there is no difference in meaning. I recommend that you use the past stem of patrzyć and the non-past stem of patrzeć. Of course you could do it the other way round, but that would be at least 10 times less common.


Thxs.that was quick and well explained


Does this mean that "jak" sometimes is synonymous with "gdy"?

Because "I was looking as he was cooking lunch" means "I was looking (at something that is unspecified, but probably at him cooking) at the same time that he was cooking lunch." If that is the meaning of the Polish sentence, then to my American ears, it should be "while", not "as".

If what I was looking at was how he was cooking lunch (which is what I thought the Polish sentence meant), then "I was looking as he was cooking lunch" doesn't convey that meaning in English.

So, if "jak" is sometimes synonymous with "gdy", then the word bank should have "while" as the default, not "as", because that sounds more normal.


I think that the usage of "jak" as "gdy" is a kinda colloquial one. After some discussions we decided to go with "I was watching how he was cooking lunch" as the best answer - so this interprets 'jak' more as 'in what way he was doing it'.


The voice does not seem to pronounce the "p" of patrzylam at all, especially in the slow mode, which makes it rather difficult to decipher...


What can I say, I can hear it in every voice. It really seems that many learners expect a different kind of P than Polish has... I have no other explanation.


I was seeing how he was cooking lunch? Both watching and understanding the cooking.


It's probably the 'understanding' part which isn't covered by 'patrzyłam'.


suggestion: i was looking at him making lunch

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