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Dziadzia / Babcia - help me with spelling/pronunciation

13 Nov 2018 #61
Both my grandmothers were Polish. We called one Babci and the other "other bobci" or ?ginka? bobci. Is that the correct term?
AnielaMaria 1 | 3
1 Mar 2019 #62
I was always taught to call mine Babcia (Bahb Cha) and Dziadzio (Dgeh Ah Zee Oh).

My mom was born in Poland but my dad is British and did not want my mom to teach my brothers and I Polish saying "You are in Canada now. Speak English only"... (Ya odd we also don't know French so we are not Bilingual thanks to my dad...)
21 Sep 2019 #63
My polish mother used to say something when we were babies. I kind of know what it means but not totally. Worse, i have no idea how to spell it but I can try, if anyone can tell me what it means.

"Moj Josef. Moj Josef. Dziecko (baby) moja (my?) mowie (how it sounds to me. This is the word I don't know). Moj Josef. Moj Josef".

I have always said it but now my son asked me what it means.
Rich Mazur 4 | 3,309
21 Sep 2019 #64
Give it up. Women create their own private baby talk that is very loosely connected to the adult version. Most likely, they wouldn't know how to spell what they say.
pawian 176 | 14,299
21 Sep 2019 #65
moja (my?)

Yes, my.
My child is often said by people of authority, not only parents, but educators too, usually when they want to instruct, rebuke etc.
But saying Mój Józefie/Józefie mój sounds strange.
kaprys 3 | 2,505
21 Sep 2019 #66
Dziecko moje, mówię.

My child, I'm speaking. (I'm saying -depending on the context )
22 Sep 2019 #67
Joseph is my name, so it was My Joseph, My Joseph....i always thought

That is kinda disappointing? I always was of the impression it was like maybe "what am I going to do with you?" Thanks to both of you.

She would walk away shaking her head.

Thank you!

@Rich Mazur
My mother was first generation. Her parents were off the boat. They didn't speak English so she was fluent.
kaprys 3 | 2,505
22 Sep 2019 #68
It's something you may hear from a mum when her child is (a bit) naughty or when she wants to explain something.
Don't pay attention to Rich, he doesn't really know Polish.
pawian 176 | 14,299
22 Sep 2019 #69
Joseph is my name, so it was My Joseph, My Joseph....i always thought

I believe she said so yet it isn`t natural Polish today.
22 Sep 2019 #70
There's quite a bit of disagreement so I've come to the conclusion that we are all right. The bottom line is regardless of how she says it, do I answer when my granddaughter calls me? Absolutely. If I live in Poland, how it's said and spelled may depend on which part in which I live.
22 Jan 2020 #71
28 Jan 2020 #72
I always called my Polish Grandparents Baci & Dziadzi
30 Jan 2020 #73
In America we call the father of my grandfather a great grandfather. I wanted to know how to say that in Polish and typed "great grandfather" into Google translate. I know just enough Polish to realize it responded "really good grandfather". Funny, but I still don't know what to call the father of my grandfather. I doubt he is bardzo dziadek. What is it really?
DominicB - | 2,709
30 Jan 2020 #74

"Great" is expressed by "pra-". So great grandfather is pradziadek, great grandmother is prababcia, and great great grandfather by prapradziadek.
Paulwiz 1 | 70
30 Jan 2020 #75
Thank you Dominic. I didn't have that in my Polish dictionary either. But I tried it in translate again and it worked this time. It's not even 10 AM here and I'm smarter than when I woke up.

Thanks again.

One more question: is wspaniała ciocia my Grandfather's sister? (Google translate)
kaprys 3 | 2,505
30 Jan 2020 #76
Cioteczna babka
Paulwiz 1 | 70
30 Jan 2020 #77
Thank you kaprys. I just found some genealogical evidence for my cioteczna babka so your timing is great.
1 Sep 2020 #78
We called my Aunts Coici, and my Uncles because we did not know the Polish word for Uncle.
pawian 176 | 14,299
1 Sep 2020 #79
Not coici, but Ciocia. As for uncle, it is wuj. Be careful not to mistake it with another similar word.

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