"Nikam nejdu."

Translation:I am not going anywhere.

September 30, 2017

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Is this not also I don't go anywhere?


Nope. I suggest reading T&N in the 'Movement' skill.


But I cannot read it yet :'(!!


"I don't go anywhere." means "Nikam nechodím."


The audio on this is inaccurate. 'Nikam' is pronounced on the recording without a palatal 'n'. The next recording with 'nikam' is accurate, however (nejdeme nikam)....


I read in another thread about "double negation" in Czech. Does this mean that "nikam" can only be used in the negative sense (i.e., "I'm not going anywhere," "it doesn't lead anywhere," etc.)? For example, would "nikam" be the incorrect word to use when trying to say something like "I can go anywhere I want"?


That's right. You can use -ni- in nikam as a hint that it carries negative meaning. You'd need to use another set of words that indicate the idea of unlimited choice: kdokoli, cokoli, kdekoli, kamkoli etc.
In your example you'd have to use "kamkoli".


Very helpful, thanks.


And if you are interested, there are also cases where you use more than two negations. For example „Nikdy nikam s nikým nechodit.“ Nikdy = never; nikam = to nowhere, s nikým = with no one, nechodit = not to go. This is one of interesting properties of Czech language.


So, would "Nikdy nikam s nikým nechodit“ be translated as "No one ever goes anywhere with anyone"?


"Nikdy nikam s nikým nechodÍ." "He/She/They never go(es) anywhere with anyone."

If you also want "no-one" you need to add "nikdo".


nikam = nowhere. anywhere = kamkoli, also kdekoli (as place, not direction)


Would: "I am going nowhere" be OK here?


You can just try it. It is accepted.


our users may want to (re)read the tips for the Present 1 unit:

Motion verbs: jde, jede, nese, vede

This is our first encounter with a few members of a tricky verb group, the verbs of motion. The core meanings are as follows:

3rd pers. sg. infinitive English
jde jít go (by foot), walk, come
jede jet go (by vehicle/animal), ride, drive, come
nese nést carry, bring from, take to
vede vést lead, bring from, take to

The "infinitives" are only shown to help you find the verbs in dictionaries. These Czech verbs contain information on the means of the movement but not on its direction. The opposite applies to many of the English verbs used in translations.

While for many verbs in this skill the Czech present tense can easily correspond to both simple and continuous present tense in English, the motion verbs are less forgiving. In their core movement meaning, they are restricted to single, one-directional actions as opposed to repeated, habitual, multi-directional movement activities. This makes the English simple present ill-suited for translating them. Until we get introduced to the habitual motion counterparts of these Czech verbs, let's stick to the present continuous translations when movement is being described. For example, in

  • Kam jdou? (Where are they going?)
  • Odkud jedeš? (Where are you coming from?)
  • Odkud nesete ty věci? (Where are you bringing those things from?)
  • Kam nesete ty věci? (Where are you taking those things to?)
  • Vedu děti do školy. (I am taking the kids to school.)

the use of the simple present in English would imply scenarios inconsistent with the nature of the Czech verbs.

Note how Czech distinguished whether the "things" were being brought from somewhere or taken to somewhere despite not changing the verb itself.


How would one say 'I am going nowhere' as in 'my life is empty and I have no direction or purpose'? Asking for a friend...


Verbatim? I think "Já nikam nesměřuji." / "Můj život je (tak) prázdný." . But more often we express it "Nemám (Ztratil jsem) smysl života." , "Nemám pro co žít." , "Nemám žádný cíl." , "Můj život (už) nemá smysl." , "Můj život ztratil smysl."


How would you tell "i do not go anywhere", an answer if somebody asks me to leave?


"Nepůjdu nikam!" or the same "Nikam nejdu!", but probably with the exclamation mark. ("půjdu" is the future tense for "jdu")

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