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How to pronounce the Polish word "w" in sentences?


raith09 2 | 3
23 May 2011  #1
Do you pronounce the w in sentences? For example Kot jest w domu(i think its domu anyway), is the w silent?

Also for the word Co, is it pronounce So? or Cho?

Thanks!
JustysiaS 13 | 2,240
23 May 2011  #2
Do you pronounce the w in sentences? For example Kot jest w domu(i think its domu anyway), is the w silent?

yeah, you pronounce it. w is like an equivalent to v, similar sound. Kot jest w domu - Cot yest v (or voo) d'oh - moo

for the word Co, is it pronounce So? or Cho?

it's more like tso
ShAlEyNsTfOh 4 | 161
23 May 2011  #3
Kot jest w domu(i think its domu anyway), is the w silent?

it this phrase it's pronounced as 'v' ... but sometimes it is unvoiced to an 'f' sound like in the phrase:

'Robiliście już zakupy w sklepie.
'

Co

in cyrillic alphabet, со would be pronounced as polish 'so', but in this case our 'c' is always pronounced as 'ts'. kinda confusing.

власне волѩ так писать! :D:D
Maaarysia
23 May 2011  #4
it this phrase it's pronounced as 'v' ... but sometimes it is unvoiced to an 'f' sound like in the phrase:

Exactly. And what is worth to add is that we link those little one-letter words with the next word when pronouncing it. So: z domu, w domu, w szkole are pronounced like: zdo-mu, wdo-mu, fszko-le. Maybe that's the reason why OP doesn't hear it.
OP raith09 2 | 3
24 May 2011  #5
What does OP stand for? But yeah that's great information, thank you it helps a lot! I was listening to it on rosetta stone and I couldn't hear the w at all when they speak the sentences.
Antek_Stalich 5 | 997
24 May 2011  #6
OP = Original Poster. The person starting the thread.
legend 3 | 664
24 May 2011  #7
What does OP stand for? But yeah that's great information, thank you it helps a lot! I was listening to it on rosetta stone and I couldn't hear the w at all when they speak the sentences.

How is Rosetta stone? Do find it is good in learning languages like Polish?
OP raith09 2 | 3
24 May 2011  #8
Hey I really like Rosetta stone, it helps because it gives you a lot of practice and lessons are often automatically repeated. The voice thing records your voice and helps you pronounce properly, I was suprised at how well that part worked, I was expecting it to be annoying. It's a great program however it isn't enough to learn, I still have to substitute with books. Rosetta stone works in a way that it immerses you into the language with no english translation at all, they've designed it so your common sense will pretty much tell you which answer is correct.
ellenmh
7 Nov 2011  #9
Merged: How do you pronounce the word "W"?

The Polish bid for the foreign language academy award is called "W Ciemności". I was wondering how one would pronounce the W on it's own. (I'd also be interested in the pronunciation of ciemności)
Olaf 6 | 956
7 Nov 2011  #10
W in Polish is pronounced exactly as [v]. Polish may be hard in pronounciation because it is very accurate - you pronounce almost exactly as you spell.
gumishu 11 | 5,012
7 Nov 2011  #11
(I'd also be interested in the pronunciation of ciemności)

ciemności can be approximated by saying chemnoshchee in English but bear in mind this is an approximation only (for Poles the sound 'ś' and 'ci' are very different from 'sh' and 'chee'
mafketis 20 | 7,170
7 Nov 2011  #12
I was wondering how one would pronounce the W on it's own.

It rarely occurs on its own. When it does, it's like an English v with no vowel following. Most of the time, attach it to the following word and if the first sound of the next word is p, t, k, ć, c, cz, s, sz then its pronounced more like f.

w ciemności = fchyem-NO-shchi (with vowels like Spanish).
ellenmh
7 Nov 2011  #13
Thank you all very much :D
Polmag
6 Feb 2019  #14
Kocham język polski. Nigdy nie miałem lekcji po polsku, ale po prostu czuję ten język.
Lyzko 22 | 6,534
6 Feb 2019  #15
I trend to pronounce "w" more or less like "f", particularly in rapid speech.


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