"Ця їжа дуже смачна."

Translation:This food is very tasty.

June 22, 2015



The word 'смачна' sounds like the German 'schmackhaft'.

June 23, 2015


The word is almost certain to be borrowed from German through Polish (though, a very long time ago).

June 23, 2015


Смачний comes from смак which comes from Polish smak and they are related to English smack!

June 23, 2015


"Smaka" is also the Swedish word for the verb "to taste." I'll bet that the Ukrainian word came from the Swedish, since Vikings settled in Kyiv over a thousand years ago.

July 1, 2015


The word "smak" comes from Polish which has had quite intensive contacts with German language. The later similarity is rather incidental. There are very few borrowings known definitely from Vikings (there should be a little more in Russian from Novgorod/North).

July 2, 2015


That depends on the history of the Swedish "smak". I'd say the chance of such an origin to be true is rather slim. Words that were borrowed that long ago typically look nothing alike. The similarity suggests the borrowing being quite recent (or Swedish and Ukranian being extremely lucky to closely follow each other's phonetic changes for a millenium).

July 1, 2015


In dutch, 'smaak' is (a) taste and 'smaken' to taste (mostly when its tasty)

January 8, 2017


Actually this word came from germanic tribe of goths, who lived on the modern polish and ukrainian territory.

May 31, 2016


Can їжа be translated here as "meal"

January 13, 2017


How can you tell the difference between "this food is very tasty" and "this very tasty food"?

June 22, 2015


A modifier adjective precedes the noun (unless we are talking about poetry).

June 22, 2015


ця їжа - дуже смачна vs ця дуже смачна їжа. Same as in English.

March 19, 2016



е [є] дуже смачна їжа" = This is very tasty food ("This" is the subject of the sentence)

я їжа [є] дуже смачна" = This food is very tasty ("This food" is the subject of the sentences)

я дуже смачна їжа" = This very tasty food (not a sentence)

Note: є is skipped leaving only a trace. This is why it's so tough for foreigners to differentiate these two sentences, because they have only an invisible trace of "to be" :)

January 11, 2019


why is it wrong - the food is delicious (the is wrong)

September 3, 2015


How do you know it is смачна instead of смачні? Is it the gender of їжа?

October 6, 2015


No: "смачна" - singular feminine, "смачні" - plural (feminine+masculine+neuter), смачний - singular masculine.

October 6, 2015


Yes, exactly. It is feminine.

October 6, 2015


Smachna seems like talking with mouth full at same instant.

October 18, 2015


This is very tasty food ? Was my input and sounds right to me aswell , not a native english speaker but this sentence order isn't wrong or ?

June 22, 2019
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