https://www.duolingo.com/wen3wen

What is the difference between dziewczyna and dziewczynka?

Hi~, guys. I checked the translations of dziewczyna and dziewczynka, both of them are "a girl". - -! Does anyone know the difference between dziewczyna and dziewczynka?

November 5, 2016

9 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/KrystynaPonder

"Dziewczyna" means a girl (or a girlfriend) and "dziewczynka" means a little girl, a minor. Wouldn't recommend calling your girlfriend "dziewczynka", especially because in some slangs it's a euphemism for a prostitute (and a rather rude one, so I wouldn't recommend calling her that even if she IS a prostitute).

November 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Knoxienne

According to this link, the latter is a diminutive form. https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/dziewczyna

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/wen3wen

Thank you for replying and your opinion.

Oh, thanks a lot. That's a good website. I found the explanation from the website you posted, dziewczyna : girl, young woman; girlfriend. dziewczynka : little girl. Now, I can understand them well. And I also can understand your opinion about different forms well. Thank you. :D

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/TseDanylo

I asked my Polish friend this once and she said that dziewczyna is just "girl". Dziewczynka is more sweeter (and in her words) "gayer" (I'm assuming she meant more feminine). It's more a sweeter thing that you would say to a daughter or girlfriend.

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Jellei

Frankly, I wouldn't call my girlfriend (who?) "dziewczynka", she could find it disrespectful, especially if she didn't have much of a sense of humour. "Dziewczynka" is generally a younger girl, and someone over 12 or maybe even younger is rather likely to prefer "dziewczyna".

November 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/wen3wen

:D Thank you. You have a very funny friend. Without your explanation, I would misunderstand your friend since the word of "gayer".

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/TseDanylo

Nie ma za co :)

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Enzfj2
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Only KrystynaPonder gave the correct answer so far. Dziewczyna is a girl who can be somebody's girlfriend, dziewczynka is a little girl, up to secondary school

November 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/JonathanBE93

Thanks for this clarification!

October 26, 2018
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