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help with signs on some polish letters


kitten 8 | 65  
9 Dec 2006 /  #1
can someone tell me how the sings under or on some polish letters change the pronunciation? please:)
krysia 23 | 3,057  
9 Dec 2006 /  #2
ó sounds like u
ł like w
ą like on
ś like sh
ć like ch
ę like en
ń in word "koń" would sound like 'coin'
ż like in "genre"
ź like Zsa Zsa gabor
OP kitten 8 | 65  
15 Dec 2006 /  #3
thank you a lot krysia
cube 2 | 39  
25 Jan 2007 /  #4
Merged: Advice on learning the polish alphabet

Hi
Just wondered if someone could offer some advice on learning the polish alphabet. I think this maybe the key to helping my reading skills of polish if i can pronounce every letter correctly. My speaking is getting good now but my reading relies on remembering pronunciation and its not always good. My Learning CD doesn't practice the alphabet or letter sounds maybe there would be a mp3 i could down load of the internet? and listen to over and over again.
Amathyst 19 | 2,702  
25 Jan 2007 /  #5
I can get you a copy of the c.d. I have which starts with the alphabet
FISZ 24 | 2,116  
25 Jan 2007 /  #6
Can't find anything in the Language/grammar section?

I thought there were some links. Here to start...I'll look for an audio in the mean time...I saw one somewhere

ą - the nasal sound of the French word "on"
ć (or a "c" before an "i"- similar to the 'ch' in 'cheat', but without rounded lips
ę - the nasal sound in the French word "vin"
ł - an English "w" (!)
ń - "ny" like "onion"
ś (or an "s" before an "i") similar to "sh", but without rounded lips
ż -the last sound in "mirage" or the French "j"
ź - (or a "y" befor an "i") similar to the last sound in mirage or the French "j", but without rounded lips

ALSO NOTE,
y = the short "i" as in "big"
i = the "ee" in "feet"
ó - the "oo" sound in "fool" (the same sound as "u

Audio here : apronus.com/learnpolish/advpolishaudio.htm

Good site here: langsites.com/Polish.htm
cube 2 | 39  
25 Jan 2007 /  #7
Thank you Fisz, Excellent website!! Will be a great help!!
telefonitika  
25 Jan 2007 /  #8
Audio here : apronus.com/learnpolish/advpolishaudio.htm

Good site here: langsites.com/Polish.htm

Cheers from me Fisz i will find these useful also in my learning ... i did however obtain 75% in my Polish listening assessment at college tonight well pleased with myself :)
FISZ 24 | 2,116  
25 Jan 2007 /  #9
did however obtain 75% in my Polish listening assessment at college tonight well pleased with myself

Congratulations are in order then!! Very difficult language indeed:)
cube 2 | 39  
25 Jan 2007 /  #10
however obtain 75% in my Polish listening assessment at college tonight well pleased with myself

Swietnie :) as my teacher would say!

I had my polish class tonight also, its difficult but very rewarding to, so good luck!!
telefonitika  
25 Jan 2007 /  #11
I hope to find someone i can practise with my conversational side of polish with cube but wish you well with your studies :) how long you been learning now?

Congratulations are in order then!! Very difficult language indeed

Swietnie as my teacher would say!

Dzeki to you both :) it is a very difficult language indeed you do need alot of perservance with it and determination :)
cube 2 | 39  
25 Jan 2007 /  #12
how long you been learning now?

Have just completed 15 weeks of my level 1 course, just started level 2 for another 15 weeks tonight..... sometimes i think im doing ok and other times i feel its impossible :) think i also need alot more practice as 1 class per week isnt enough
telefonitika  
25 Jan 2007 /  #13
my level one course started in november and lasts till july this year and is a one lesson a week 2 hours long. We cover the following areas in the first year : reading and listening mainly -- speaking and writing are mainly covered in depth in 2nd year.

true on one lesson a week not enough my lessons are at 7-9pm on a thursday and sometimes the brain is going to sleep :)

do you have GG yet? you know the polish messenger? i have it installed and talk to a few people on there :) it helps sometimes :)
cube 2 | 39  
25 Jan 2007 /  #14
hey thats exact same time as me, so i will think of you next week when im losing concentration in class to :)

we are learning both reading, listening, speaking and writing now!

no i dont have gg dont think my spelling would be good enough yet to have a good messenger chat yet as i would need my notes and dictionary all the time, would be very slow going indeed :)
telefonitika  
26 Jan 2007 /  #15
no i dont have gg dont think my spelling would be good enough yet to have a good messenger chat yet as i would need my notes and dictionary all the time, would be very slow going indeed

I use it but have a dictionary and some notes (or hint cut and paste and save in notepad stuff you write then easier to word lol)

I take between 20-30mins to translate the polish into english then english reply in polish before writing on GG ... but some will reply in english you know and will offer to help :)

Cheers for saying you'd think of me lmao tired minds at same time haha
cube 2 | 39  
1 Feb 2007 /  #16
Cheers for saying you'd think of me lmao tired minds at same time haha

Hiya, how was your class tonight?? Mine was really good, we where learning food shopping conversation. I did think of you and wonder what you where learning :)
telefonitika  
11 Feb 2007 /  #17
how was your class tonight

Feb 1, 07 [17:54]

I didnt make this class as i was laid up with the flu :(
I went to the class this pass week just gone .. had two assessments one in reading and one in listening ... have another to do in a fortnights time a listening one on the times and understanding numbers .. no class this week coming as its half term week

I did think of you and wonder what you where learning

awwww bless thanks .... i have been learning the following .... how to write letters in polish ie letters you send a person, telephone conversation, recognising signs and wording in an airport

... i am in need of learning the numbers but more than that pronunication so i shall be listening to my cd again whilst falling asleep hahaha ... i usually listen to Kasia Kowalska (recommend either her Gemini or Koncert Inaczej albums) while drifting off :)
cube 2 | 39  
15 Feb 2007 /  #18
no class this week coming as its half term week

Hope you enjoyed your break i know i did.... :)

learning the numbers

Good luck with your numbers learning, i am good with them now, except "33" lol

Ohh Ps.

Please dont leave as i will have no one to compare notes with on the same night as we both study polish at the same time :)
telefonitika  
15 Feb 2007 /  #19
Please dont leave as i will have no one to compare notes with on the same night as we both study polish at the same time

will try not to hun

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