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Polish Language Pronunciation - Example Words and Phrases

glennk - | 4  
21 Nov 2007 /  #211
Since coming here, I've taken an active interest in learning about Polish last names. Not sure if anyone here can confirm the following:

The "ewski" in my last name loosely translates into "from the city of". Is that correct? Also digging further online, I've found two different versions of my last name. Koniszewski (version 1) and Kończewski (version 2). I've been scratching my head wondering, did the Immigration official adapt the name to Koniszewski due to the fact he could not write Kończewski? Looking to a map of Poland, I found a city named Kończewko in the far north near Słupsk. Thoughts?
Michal - | 1,865  
25 Nov 2007 /  #212
I think that if you live overseas, then to change your name is an idiotic idea, that is, of course, if your present name is an English one. I have been told that it has been proven much harder for people with funny foreign names to get jobs in comparison to those with 'normal ones'.
kochanie 3 | 58  
25 Nov 2007 /  #213
I wouldn't say that, especially not with Britain being the way it is now. There are government guidelines on how many foreign, disabled, female, ethnic and older workers they need to have to meet equality laws. Even if there are none of these people applying the companies still have to find them to keep out of trouble! Daft, I know.
glennk - | 4  
25 Nov 2007 /  #214

I respect your statement, and it might be true for you in Europe. But, I think you would find that statement hold less credence here in America. Being a land of immigrants, most managers will focus in on your skills and abilities....rather than focusing on your ethnic background. I have actually found that having a more ethnic name has helped in most cases. It strikes up conversation and helps to set you apart from other possible candidates. I am proud of whom I am and my name change is just a reflection of my pride/respect of my Polish heritage.
shinto 1 | 2  
10 Dec 2007 /  #215
Merged: How do you pronounce "Rodzina"..

How do you pronounce Rodzina in polish?
10 Dec 2007 /  #216
roll the r rod-jina
plk123 8 | 4,148  
10 Dec 2007 /  #217
roh-ginah. (h's are silent here)
osiol 55 | 3,922  
10 Dec 2007 /  #218
don't put them in then

okay, here's my interpretation:

plk123 8 | 4,148  
10 Dec 2007 /  #219
if i don't then the "a" becomes 'ey' or 'e' becomes 'yee' instead of 'eh' etc.... the "h" is there for the speaker to open their mouth up and not "twist' the vowel
Michal - | 1,865  
11 Dec 2007 /  #220
Ro as the ro in rock plus the jea in jeans plus nu the word nut. Hence rodzina is simply ro-jea-nu

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