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difficult English words for Polish speakers?


shewolf 5 | 1,077  
28 Jan 2007 /  #1
This is a question for anyone who speaks Polish and who learned English later in life. What are some words in the English language that you found most difficult to pronounce or remember?
miranda  
28 Jan 2007 /  #2
pronunciation: available, turtle, girl, world, focus, book, cook, pronouncing TH in THAT, THIEF ,THOOTHPASTE:)
Amathyst 19 | 2,702  
28 Jan 2007 /  #3
My friend has problems with TH - so she usually says Fink as a posed to THink, but then again you get a hell of a lot of English than cannot pronounce English very well...
Matyjasz 2 | 1,544  
28 Jan 2007 /  #4
Vowels. There are more vowels in English than I Polish, and I don’t see the difference between some of them.

TH of course. "Do you fink dat..." :)
And -ing ending. Instead of saying "doin" I will say "doING". :)
Amathyst 19 | 2,702  
28 Jan 2007 /  #5
Vowels

A, E, I, O, U

A - Animal

E - Elephant

I - Indian

O - Ongoing

U - Underground
Matyjasz 2 | 1,544  
28 Jan 2007 /  #6
I was thinking more about problems with the "ash" sound, as well as with the two versions of "o" and "u". :(
plg 17 | 263  
28 Jan 2007 /  #7
well i dont have any problems pronoucing english

but......polish ........oh dear
Amathyst 19 | 2,702  
28 Jan 2007 /  #8
Ongoing and Underground

both gave examples of the differences in the O & U
Matyjasz 2 | 1,544  
28 Jan 2007 /  #9
I was thinking more about the differences between two versions of the vowel sound "U":

for example, in the words : too, blue, goose the "u" sound should be different like in the words football and good. I don't see a big difference between them. :( We only have one version of the vowel sound “u” in polish.
Amathyst 19 | 2,702  
28 Jan 2007 /  #10
Arrrh I understand now, I know, how silly is English....I mean why do we have a T in Castle or Gh in Ghost or a K in Knife and the silly rules of i before e except after c and to too and two....
OP shewolf 5 | 1,077  
28 Jan 2007 /  #11
Thanks for the responses. I didn't realize English was so difficult but now that you've pointed it out, I can see it. Wow. Interesting.
Eurola 4 | 1,906  
28 Jan 2007 /  #12
pronouncing TH in THAT, THIEF ,THOOTHPASTE

Yes, this one was a challenge for me too. One time, the teacher sat across me - face to face, she opened her mouth and I was to position my tongue the way she did, and I was repeating the kind of 'hissing" sound after her! :)

She did it to all who had a trouble with the right sound...It was so funny, but it worked!
Wroclaw 44 | 5,387  
28 Jan 2007 /  #13
If you can read this number your English is OK

33,333
Amathyst 19 | 2,702  
28 Jan 2007 /  #14
Thats a bloody tong twister for even an English person, you bad man!
Wroclaw 44 | 5,387  
28 Jan 2007 /  #15
Think

1 Breath in

2 Bite the end of your tongue and breath out.

3 say 'ink'

4 put the two together. th-----ink

5 think.

Next lesson we will do 'that'
globetrotter 3 | 106  
28 Jan 2007 /  #16
If you can read this number your English is OK

'She sell sea shells on the sea shore' is another good test - particulalry if your name is Sean Connery
Amathyst 19 | 2,702  
28 Jan 2007 /  #17
but not if you have a lisp
Wroclaw 44 | 5,387  
28 Jan 2007 /  #18
That would be lithp :)
Amathyst 19 | 2,702  
28 Jan 2007 /  #19
A terrible affliction...:)
dulciana - | 28  
28 Jan 2007 /  #21
No, no no! To get the "th" sound, you don't bite the end of your tongue, it gets trapped. We don't want partially tongued Poles walking around!

You place the tip of the tongue behind your upper teeth and blow out.....that's all there is to it!

Now how the hell do I pronounce Wroclaw.....Breslau was a lot easier!
Wroclaw 44 | 5,387  
28 Jan 2007 /  #22
Dulciana,

You're wrong. And there are two th sounds, which are pronounced in different ways.

You've been spending too much time reading World of English.
Huegel 1 | 296  
28 Jan 2007 /  #23
tong twister

I have an image now of Pete Tong with his right hand on Blue, Left leg green. :)
Amathyst 19 | 2,702  
28 Jan 2007 /  #24
Tongue...I can actually spell it was a typo (brain goes faster than fingers)

But yes a great D.J....had the pleasure of seeing him several times at the hac!
RUDZIA  
13 Feb 2007 /  #25
for me it was 'UNBELIEVABLE'
krysia 23 | 3,058  
13 Feb 2007 /  #26
I teach english to some fresh Polish People and they have a problem with "refrigerator"
sledz 23 | 2,250  
13 Feb 2007 /  #27
problem with "refrigerator

This Polish grl told me the same thing...I used to tease her about it...:)
Lee_England  
17 Feb 2007 /  #28
I mean why do we have a T in Castle or Gh in Ghost or a K in Knife and the silly rules of i before e except after c and to too and two....

They are there for pronunciation as are most hidden letters in English. If you took the t out of castle it would sound like "cas all" instead of "car sall". Obviously "car sall" is correct so we modify the pronunciation with t. Northerners (and Americans) generally have problems pronouncing words such as these due to their accents.

The h in Ghost is the modifier needed to make the o sound like "oe" instead of "o".

Hope this clears things up :-)
Wroclaw 44 | 5,387  
17 Feb 2007 /  #29
Hope this clears things up :-)

It would if it were correct.
hyypia 3 | 41  
17 Feb 2007 /  #30
my polish friends always misuse the word "teach" and "learn"

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