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Michal - | 1,865  
17 Jul 2007 /  #151
How can we hear them?
Wyspianska  
17 Jul 2007 /  #152
Ive got headset and other technique sh*ts ^^
Even my austrian friend can say "cześć" without any problems;p
Michał, ure a Pole as i suppose so u dont need my help. Im trying to convince german_siema
Im talking over skype a lot of time, so u can add me anyway if u want O.o
german_siema  
17 Jul 2007 /  #153
that sounds really cool! although i can say czesz already:) and a few other things^^
i'll think about that and then i'll contact you alright:)
Wyspianska  
17 Jul 2007 /  #154
yeah, take ur time LOL :D
DraGoD - | 3  
20 Sep 2007 /  #156
Merged:A Compendium o Polish alphabet and pronunciation

Hi all,

I made a compendium of the polish alphabet (borrowed pieces of information here and there), and I was wondering if I got it right. Can anyone skim through it and comment on it please? (and anyone please feel free to use it for your own benefit of course).

c = ts as in cats
e = e as in spelling
g = hard g as in game
i = ee as in creep
j = y as in yes
o = o as in blog
s = s as in silk
u = oo as in moose
w = v as in vowel
y = i as in sit
ą = nasal o as in own
ć = soft ch as in cheap
ę = nasal e as in en
ł = w as in way
ń = soft n as in onion
ó = oo as in moose
ś = soft sh as in she
ź = soft zh asin azure
ż = hard zh as in zhivago
au = ow as in oh no!
ch = h as in h
ci = chea as in cheap
cz = ch as in chip
dź = g as in gene
dzi = ge as in geronimo
dż = j as in john
eu = ehw as in ..ehm.. ehw?
rz = hard zh as in zhivago
si = shee as in sheep
sz = hard sh as in ship
zi = soft zh as in azure

Kind regards,

Maurits
Zgubiony 15 | 1,554  
20 Sep 2007 /  #157
What about the rest of the alphabet?
Michal - | 1,865  
20 Sep 2007 /  #158
ą = nasal o as in own

No, that is not right. It is more like the 'a' in the English word 'sawmill' with a longish a sound. It is deffinitly not the 'o' sound in own.

ow as in oh no!

More like the 'ou' in the word out.
DraGoD - | 3  
20 Sep 2007 /  #159
Thanks for the correction!

Maurits

Hi Zgubiony,

Ehm....what rest? :)

These are all the sounds that are dissimilar to the pronounciation like in english... Am I wrong and are there more I should be aware of?...then please specify wich ones!

Thanks for the reply

Maurits
Zgubiony 15 | 1,554  
20 Sep 2007 /  #160
So far, I see these missing:

a- ah
ć- check
dz-adds
DraGoD - | 3  
20 Sep 2007 /  #161
Thanks for adding to it!

Maurits
anglikgirl 2 | 11  
8 Oct 2007 /  #162
Merged: Help to pronounce naughty Polish word

zerznij mnie- can some one tell me how to pronounce that word in english? please and thank you
Polson 5 | 1,771  
8 Oct 2007 /  #163
zerznij mnie

Hmm...is there a point on the "z" ?...
randompal 7 | 306  
8 Oct 2007 /  #164
we can try but that's all we can do, because that sound doesn't exist in English...first you have to roll that "r" and then right after that comes that funky z that sounds something like the g in the french name Serge-so it would like zeh-r(rolled)(french g)-knee mnieh...that's the closest youll get-sorry!

besides, a nice girl like you shouldn't be talking like that....
Polson 5 | 1,771  
8 Oct 2007 /  #165
a nice girl like you shouldn't be talking like that

Now i'm curious, what does that mean ? ;)
randompal 7 | 306  
8 Oct 2007 /  #166
bluntly put, "F*ck me hard"
plk123 8 | 4,150  
8 Oct 2007 /  #167
"z" ?...

no

first you have to roll that "r" and then right after that comes that funky z that sounds something like the g in the french name Serge-so it would like zeh-r(rolled)(french g)-knee mnieh...

or "zh" as in Brezhnev
Krzysztof 2 | 973  
8 Oct 2007 /  #168
or similar to the sound you have in English in: treasure, measure, pleasure etc.

no

yes! (zerżnij)
Lurker  
10 Oct 2007 /  #169
Merged: Lewandowski pronunciation

How is this name pronounced? Is there a silent "J" or...? Thanks.
jareck  
10 Oct 2007 /  #170
leyVan - dowskee
Lurker  
10 Oct 2007 /  #171
Is it ever different for other ethnicities?
jareck  
10 Oct 2007 /  #172
not to sure but the key thing here is that in polish there is no V but W is pronounced as the english v
randompal 7 | 306  
10 Oct 2007 /  #173
where is there supposed to be a "j"? The name in Poland is pronounced Leh-vahn-dohvski
Lurker  
10 Oct 2007 /  #174
I thought the "J" may have taken place of the "L". Thank you.
younghalfpole 2 | 5  
17 Oct 2007 /  #175
Merged: Raczkowski name - please help me with pronunciation!

Could someone please phonetically spell out for me both how to (correctly, the true Polish way) my family name, Raczkowski? And also "Szczescie jest pomiedzy ustami i brzegiem kielicha", which I was led to believe means "Happiness is between the lips and the rim of the glass"?

Thanks so much!
saddened - | 64  
17 Oct 2007 /  #176
Name =Raczkowski - Rachkofski

szczęście jest pomiędzy ustami i brzegiem kielicha.

shche-ooshchyeh yest pomiend-zy oostami bzegee-em ( bz as in treasure) kee-eliha.
Phylan78 2 | 7  
20 Oct 2007 /  #177
Merged: How to pronounce kawe?

Is this really pronounced as Ka-ve? not Ka-fe?!

Polish waitress in my favourite cafe so assitance or any useful phrases would be appreciated!

jenkuje!
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sledz 23 | 2,250  
20 Oct 2007 /  #178
Do you mean Kawa - coffee?
krysia 23 | 3,057  
20 Oct 2007 /  #179
You can say "kawę" as in "proszę kawę" meaning "coffee please" :)
Phylan78 2 | 7  
20 Oct 2007 /  #180
Thanks, yes I mean coffee, but is W pronounced as an English V even in this context?

Wary of pronunciation after my experience with German. Speak good German, but initially learned phonetics very badly....partially due to my teacher and partially also because I simply didn't focus on it!..determined not to let that happen with Polish!

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