1. Forum
  2. >
  3. Topic: Czech
  4. >
  5. "Those girls are getting to k…

"Those girls are getting to know those cities."

Translation:Tamta děvčata poznávají tamta města.

January 9, 2018



Getting to know? That seems like a meaning of this word that hasn't been presented and may be uncommon. Wiktionary suggests a literary usage of 'experience'. Can a native speaker comment on the use of this word?


You probably wanted an English speaker. From a Czech speaker point of view just comparing the dictionary definitions of

"poznávat" http://bara.ujc.cas.cz/psjc/search.php?hledej=Hledej&heslo=pozn%C3%A1vati&where=hesla&zobraz_ps=ps&zobraz_cards=cards&pocet_karet=3&ps_heslo=poznati&ps_startfrom=0&ps_numcards=915&numcchange=no&not_initial=1

and "experience" https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/experience

they may coincide in the "2. to learn by experience" definition. Poznávat really contains the aspect of getting some knowledge about something from, for example, observing it.


Hi Vladimir,

Thanks for your clarification in this point. I definitely wanted some input from a native Czech speaker, as your understanding of the word goes far deeper than the simple definitions in translation dictionaries I am currently limited to reading. I will keep this in mind.


So... "poznávat" can be translated as both to RECOGNIZE and to GET TO KNOW?

The meanings in English are slightly different. Would you use "poznávat," for example, in both of the situations below?

SITUATION ONE -- I'm walking down the street and I see someone that I recently met briefly... I RECOGNIZE her, even though I don't know much about her and don't even remember her name.

SITUATION TWO -- I'm sitting in a bar and I see a guy I first met there, and with whom I've had a beer several times recently. Having chatted with him a few times already... I feel like I am GETTING TO KNOW him.

Thanks for any insight someone might offer!


BHBass, your examples make sense. I will add, that based on my Czech learning experience your second example could also be "BECOMING ACQUAINTED WITH"


Yes, both.

Also "poznávat jiné kultury" "getting to know other cultures". "Poznává svou dceru" - "He recognizes his daughter.".


As there unfortunately is no German-Czech course on here, I have to use the English-Czech one. But from my point of view all the above examples make no sense at all. In German it seems to be a huge gap between erkennen/recognize and kennenlernen/getting to know.


Nedokonavé sloveso

(získávat znalost ap.) kennenlernen, erkennen
(zažívat) kennenlernen, erleben
(seznamovat se) kennenlernen
(uvědomovat si totožnost) (wieder)erkennen


See also my answer to BoneheadBass.

Learn Czech in just 5 minutes a day. For free.