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The letter combo "ch" and a thing about "ść"


Semsem  
29 Dec 2009 /  #1
Should be a simple thing to answer...

Is the Polish "ch" pronounced as the English "h" or "k"? I've seen it both ways in different books and websites.

And, with "ść"...for example the word "miłość", should it be pronounced (English) as "me-wo-shch" (with the sh-ch as being pronounced fast one after the other) or would it be right to pronounce it as "me-wo-sh-ch" (with the sh-ch having a slight gap between them)?

Basically, I'm asking is the "ść" bit better to pronounce one way or the other? Like the way you can (sometimes) add slight gaps between words in English and still have them be understood, but it's best to not do that...
RubasznyRumcajs  
29 Dec 2009 /  #2
ch

it would be rather like we-wo-shch (when sh and ch are 'soft').

and polish 'ch' sound quite like dutch or german- no like 'k' :)
OP Semsem  
29 Dec 2009 /  #3
Just got confused...

Why's the "m" in "miłość" pronounced as a "w"?
JustysiaS  
29 Dec 2009 /  #4
Why's the "m" in "miłość" pronounced as a "w"?

is it, are you sure?
OP Semsem  
29 Dec 2009 /  #5
That's what I got from "it would be rather like we-wo-shch (when sh and ch are 'soft')"

If I've missed something, please let me know.
RubasznyRumcajs  
29 Dec 2009 /  #6
ah, sorry. it should be 'me-wo-shch', thats a typo :~
OP Semsem  
29 Dec 2009 /  #7
Thanks. Had me a bit nervous there.
Polonius3  
29 Dec 2009 /  #8
The best way to explain Polish ch pronuncaiton to Brits is to cite the Scottish loch.
dtaylor5632  
29 Dec 2009 /  #9
The best way to explain Polish ch pronuncaiton to Brits is to cite the Scottish loch.

But even the Brits can't pronounce the ch in Loch properly.
delphiandomine  
29 Dec 2009 /  #10
But even the Brits can't pronounce the ch in Loch properly.

Can so :(
SzwedwPolsce  
30 Dec 2009 /  #11
Go to vona.com!

Choose voice "Ewa". Then type the following words
1. chyba
2. miłość

Then you can listen to ch and ść.

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