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Huegel 1 | 296  
27 Sep 2006 /  #1
the number 3 in polish.

No matter how many times i hear my girlfriend say it to me, i still can't get it.
When she says it, it sounds like "trzy" but when i say it, it comes out like "czy."
It must be so easy, but for the life of me, i can't get it.

Thanks a lot. :)
glowa 1 | 291  
27 Sep 2006 /  #2
i've got something harded for you

"sześć" - 6 and "cześć" - hello. if you manage to pronounce these two in a way that they sound different then you're on your way.

And about "trzy"
you have to remembrer that there are three sounds
"t" - this is easy, you pronounce it without any difference from English like in "top" for instance
"rz" - this is the hard one, this you have to pronounce like "g" in the word "genre"
"y" - you probably know.

of course the problem is the combination of "t" and "rz" one after another.
try to pronounce it as if it was written "terzy", only pronounce the "e" as shortly as you can, with around 10000 tries of saying it quickly you'll arrive at the right point.

something to make you feel better. the fact that you pronounce it like "czy" is nothing abnormal. a lot of children in poland when they learn to speak prononuce it exactly the same way.

simillar example is the word "tree" - drzewo
OP Huegel 1 | 296  
27 Sep 2006 /  #3
Wow dziekuje bardzo Glowa, can't tell you how helpful that is!!
The "g in genre" bit has really clicked with my brain. You know, i might just be able to crack it now, though i'm getting some strange looks from my friends, sitting here chanting terzy to myself! :)

As for the number 6, oh boy! I've still got to get through 4 and 5 first! :) :)

Thanks again!:)
spell of bliss  
12 Nov 2006 /  #4
The "g in genre" bit has really clicked with my brain.

is saying g as in genre for trzy a particular accent? i thought that rz would sound like sz when there's a consonant in front as in napRZeciwko or tRZech or even na wegRZech.

and plus i thought rz is a hard consonant unlike z(with the acute accent)) isnt there a difference in sound between ZIemia and RZeka?...

or nie mam racji?
14 Nov 2006 /  #5
Merged: pronounciation literal translation of srodmiescie?

pronounciation of srodmiescie? and literal translation? Thank you
14 Nov 2006 /  #6
14 Nov 2006 /  #7
thanks Miranda; how you you pronounce it phonetically?
14 Nov 2006 /  #8
No problem

If you are a native English speaker it would go like that:
[b]shroodmieshchie - this is a close as I can get
Also: "mie" is like in cat's miaou
If you are learning Polish you picked up a very difficult word to start with:)
bossie 1 | 123  
19 Nov 2006 /  #9
The stress is on mie - so it's schrood-MYE-shche
19 Nov 2006 /  #10
thanks boosie -are you a teacher
3 Dec 2006 /  #11
Merged: "Raciborski" and more - HELP WITH PRONOUNCING

Please help in pronouncing my last name properly "Raciborski" Also the words"odrodzenie (rebirth" And "uzdrowienie (healing)"?
dziadek 3 | 64  
3 Dec 2006 /  #12
uzdrowienie- "ooz-dro-vie-nieh"
odrodzenie- "odd-rod-ze-nieh"

Raciborski- "ruh-chee-bor-skee"

it doesn't sound exact 'cause it is difficault to find a word or a letter in english that sounds similar to "ci" which sounds like "ć"
Koach 16 | 128  
2 Feb 2007 /  #13
Merged: Pronunciation of Wojciech


What is the correct way to pronounce the name of Wojciech? Voy-cheh seems right to me, but other places say Voj-chek. What is the correct way? Thanks!
2 Feb 2007 /  #14

Voj - cheh
krysia 23 | 3058  
2 Feb 2007 /  #15

That's the correct one

The other one I heard in the Kaszuba region of Poland, by that is a whole different dialect.
eabc 1 | 28  
3 Feb 2007 /  #16
Voycheh :)
14 Feb 2007 /  #17
Merged: WPADLA GRUSZKA DO FARTUSZKA - Phonetic translation


I made awager with polish friend ofmineand the forfeit i have to learn the text below. I dont want a translation....but if poss some guide to how to SAY it, i.e a phonetic translation....i would be grateful for any help


kinga 1 | 8  
14 Feb 2007 /  #18
Hi theironduke! LOL, serves you right for betting with a Pole :)

Anyway, I'll try to give you a rough phonetic translation of the text since I do feel kind of sorry for you...

fpudwu grooshku do furtooshku u zu grooshkong dvu yubooshku, u shlivechku fpushch nye hchuwu bo biwu yeshche nyedoyzuwu

A few tips:
-always pronounce the 'u' like the 'u' in cup, but, hut etc.
-always pronounce the 'o' like the 'o' in hot, cot, mop etc., even at the end of words (keep it short, don't extend it or drawl it), except obviously the 'oo' which you would pronounce like the 'oo' in book, took, look etc.

-always pronounce the 'e' like the 'e' in pet, let, set etc.
-the last word 'nyedoyzuwu' contains a 'z' which in this case you should pronounce softly, like the French 'j' in j'aime, jour etc.

Good luck and don't lose too much sleep over it!! If you need any more help just ask :)

15 Feb 2007 /  #19
Thanks a lot...

No matter how many times i read it its still sooo hard... ;-) The only language i can sort of do is french, which doesnt help at all...

Guess youre right, shouldnt have bet a Pole. Anyway ive only got until a week saturday to learn it...hope she appreciates it!!!
8 Mar 2007 /  #20
Merged:Number One: Jeden vs. Raz

Can someone tell me which is the most correct number to use for 1 when counting in Poilish;
as in 1, 2, 3.

My friend who is Polish and lives in Poland insists "Ras" (spelling?) is used when counting in Polish--as in response to "Can you count to 3?"

She says "Jeden" (spelling?) (Yeden) is used for numbers in general, but for counting out-loud that "Raz" is correct.


Grzegorz_ 51 | 6139  
8 Mar 2007 /  #21
"Ras" (spelling?)


In common Polish both can be used, I don't even know what's the official version.
krysia 23 | 3058  
8 Mar 2007 /  #22
Raz and jeden. Ahhh, the confusion.
In math you use jeden. But when you count you sometimes say jeden, sometimes raz depending on what you're counting. If couting items you would say jeden as in one banana, one finger. But if you're just counting you can say raz or jeden, whichever sounds better.
8 Mar 2007 /  #23
Mar 8, 07 [10:48] - Attached on merging:
"Raz" pronunciation

Would a reasonable pronunciation of "Raz" be:




(or something else?)

Thank you very much!!
Koach 16 | 128  
8 Mar 2007 /  #24
I'm fairly certain it's rahs.
FISZ 24 | 2116  
8 Mar 2007 /  #25
you may need to roll your tongue a bit when saying the R :)
dziadek 3 | 64  
8 Mar 2007 /  #26
"Raz" literaly means "once"
A66J40 - | 3  
8 Mar 2007 /  #27
and how is jaden pronounced then is the J hard or soft -
FISZ 24 | 2116  
8 Mar 2007 /  #28
like this: Yeden
8 Mar 2007 /  #29
Thank you very much for the help all!!!
Koach 16 | 128  
8 Mar 2007 /  #30
I was very happy to help.

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