"Jaký je František?"

Translation:What is František like?

September 6, 2017

14 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnCatDubh

I was in Prague in June 2016 and noticed King Charles was really popular there, featured in all sorts of monuments and tourist attractions. At one point I saw a street exhibition titled Jaký byl? with explanations about reconstructions and the like of what he was like as a person.

September 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tomy7813

Is also correct "what is František ?"

September 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kacenka9

Not really. Jaký je František is a question about his character, his size, his personality, etc. What is František is more of a question asking if František is a person or a dog, if he is a doctor or a mechanic. Those would be "Co je František" or "Čím je František" respectively.

September 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jinnou

What about: "How is František ?", doesn't work?

September 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tatka_
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"Jak je František?" It makes no sense.

September 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/standelf

If you know that František was not feeling well yesterday, and you want to ask how he is feeling today, how would you say "How is František today?"

September 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kacenka9

Jak se dnes má František?

or

Jak je dnes Františkovi?

September 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/standelf

Děkuji ti! So. in the second example you have to use the dative case.

September 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MarkC_1

I thought the same, however it was marked as correct! Though given the rest of the discussion here, it probably shouldn't be, as it has the sense of 'how is he feeling' rather than permanent characteristics.

September 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jgreenemi

In case others are curious, this is now an accepted answer.

December 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/henricasb

What's the difference between "jak" and "jaký"?

October 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ion1122

jak = how
jaký = what kind of [or] what is ... like

October 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Trisha507455

Jak, jaký is how, correct? So why is How is František? incorrect. Is it not ok to say 'how is' when referring to a person's health or wellbeing

January 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/standelf

ion1122 has already answered your question. They are not the same.

Also, think of jaký, jaká, jaké (there are also plural forms) as adjectival words. So, when you ask about someone using those question words, in a way, an adjective is expected in answer. In general, anything to describe that person will be a valid response.

Things to remember:
jak is like an adverb, the answer is expected to qualify the verb (whatever the main verb in your question happens to be).
jaký is like an adjective (it has genders and plural forms), the answer is expected to qualify the person / thing that is the object of your question.

January 1, 2018
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