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How to pronouce Szczygieł last name?


Veneziaa 1 | 1
21 Oct 2007 #1
Hi there,
I was wondering, how do you correctly
pronounce the last name Szczygieł ?
I am very interested, and I would love to know how to say it.
(and properly)
So i figured where else to learn how than
forums of the people who speak it!
I really want to learn the language, and a guy I met
has this last name...

Please help!
I would appreciate any help whatsoever. =)
adilski 2 | 105
21 Oct 2007 #3
she cheh gehw..........
Polson 5 | 1,770
21 Oct 2007 #4
[sh-tchay-giay-oo] :P
Tu_Ania 1 | 8
23 Oct 2007 #5
Szczygiel

sz = sh (like in 'sh-eep')

cz = ch (like in 'ch-urch')

y = i (like 'i' in 'window')

g = g (like in 'g-irl')

i = ee (like in 'eel', very short 'ee' almost unnoticeable; it softens the 'g' sound)

e = e (first 'e' in 'estimate')

ł = w (like in 'w-indow')

I hope that it'll be helpful. :-)
Guest
20 Jan 2009 #6
seagull is what it sounds like
benszymanski 8 | 465
20 Jan 2009 #7
Nothing like seagull. I think Tu_Ania has got the best description.
signingoff
20 Aug 2009 #8
seagull is the correct way...i just had a customer with this last name and i needed him to pronounce it and it is "seagull"..i actually had to write it down that way because looking at it is crazy..lol
osiol 55 | 3,922
21 Aug 2009 #9
seagull is the correct way

Some people don't know how to pronounce their own names.
I'm Oslo.
Pio - | 16
21 Aug 2009 #10
"seagull"? This is a joke, right?

"seagull' is pronounced /ˈsiːgʌl/
"szczygieł" is pronounced /ˈʃʧɨgʲew/

Not a single sound is the same so how on earth this can be correct?
ShawnH 8 | 1,507
21 Aug 2009 #11
Not a single sound is the same so how on earth this can be correct?

Maybe the customer was a 4th generation American of Polish heritage, that doesn't have a clue how to correctly pronounce his name?
Polonius3 1,000 | 12,446
29 Aug 2009 #12
Indeed, I'd say 99% of all Americans, including many Po-Ams, would say either something like Seegle (seagull) or Shiggle or simply ask: "How do you pronounce it?"
SzwedwPolsce 11 | 1,595
29 Aug 2009 #13
I don't know any po-ams, but I doubt that very much. 'Szcz' is a common common sound in Polish.
Piorun - | 658
29 Aug 2009 #14
How to pronounce Szczygieł last name? No matter how hard you try, if you're not native you'll never be able to pronounce it properly, especially if your native language is English.
SzwedwPolsce 11 | 1,595
30 Aug 2009 #15
You are joking, right? Tell me what is so difficult with this word? I was very surprised when I read this. So I had to ask my Polish friend to listen to my pronunciation of this word, and she said I pronounced it correctly. And I have only lived in Poland for 2 years. So maybe you should think again.

Polish pronunciation is much more logical than many other languages. It's very difficult in the beginning, but there are few other languages (except Slavic ones) which have so consistent principles of pronunciation. So when you know all the basic sounds it's much easier than many other languages, where the pronunciation sounds almost random.
Piorun - | 658
30 Aug 2009 #16
There's nothing difficult about this word or any other words in Polish language. If your mastery of Polish pronunciation is that good after only two years then you have something to be proud of indeed. In my experience I have not met a foreigner yet that could pronounce those sounds like a native, they tend to soften those sounds. All Poles with no exception will tell you your pronunciation is good if what you have just said is understandable without me having to think twice about what you have just said.
SzwedwPolsce 11 | 1,595
31 Aug 2009 #17
All Poles with no exception will tell you your pronunciation is good if what you have just said is understandable without me having to think twice about what you have just said.

Maybe. Difficult to know. But it's good to notice that softness also varies among native Poles.

And to make it clear, I'm not saying that I can pronounce all words, and combinations, perfectly.
scottie1113 7 | 898
23 Sep 2009 #18
if what you have just said is understandable without me having to think twice about what you have just said.

Actually, that's true in any language. It's called communicating. I still struggle with Polish but my friends and people in shops understand me, so that'll have to do until I reach the proficiency level. I figure that's only going to take another 117 years.
beazee - | 31
23 Sep 2009 #19
here you have it:

expressivo.com/say/qFcEGCjF (the clearest speech)

expressivo.com/say/z5tiVmGb

expressivo.com/say/D1ZVYdvz

expressivo.com/say/o7vmYq1W

Four different voices to help you find the right pronunciation.
ShawnH 8 | 1,507
23 Sep 2009 #20
Four different voices to help you find the right pronunciation.

But they all sound like robots!
SzwedwPolsce 11 | 1,595
24 Sep 2009 #21
Yes, but you can still learn the sounds, even if you don't learn the melody of the language.
Seanus 15 | 19,706
2 Oct 2009 #22
shhchigiew. I had to pronounce this this week as there is a student with that name.
Lackqueen
10 Apr 2010 #23
It's my maiden name & it was always pronounced "S jig yell". We always made it easier by saying Seegal.
grubas 12 | 1,390
10 Apr 2010 #24
Ivona.com Maja voice
kafkaszcygiel
12 Mar 2013 #25
that is my name translated to Siegel in Ellis Island try schygyiel
GSzczygiel
31 Mar 2014 #26
My dad is from Poland. I was taught to pronounce it like shug-el. That is how he pronounces it unless i ask him how do you say it in polish, then he says sh-cheh-gee-oo. I prefer Shug-el. Like sugar but el instead of ar.

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