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How to pronounce Polish words


Polish language is pronounced phonetically, but once you understand where to break the word, and that the second-to-last syllable is always stressed, you'll do okay by keeping the following in mind. But if the word looks nothing like it sounds, put it down to some uniquely Polish characters not included here.

Start with something simple:
·    Yes: Tak (as in tick-'tack')
·    No: Nie (as in 'nyeh'-nyeh-na-na-na)
·    OK: Dobrze ('dough' plus a 'b' then 'she'- so you have got dough-b-she ) 
·    Excuse me: Przepraszam (difficult to pronounce but you have got 'p – shey – pra - shem')
·    What: Co (often used like an English 'what??' and pronounced 'tso')
·    Where: Gdzie ( 'guh - jay')
·    When: Kiedy ( 'key- dey')
·    Who: Kto ( 'k' and 'toe')
·    Why: Dlaczego ('dlah' and 'che' and 'go' so it is  dlah – che - go')
·    How: Jak ('yak'')

We are big on greetings. Remember how to say 'good day'. You can even say it at night - it has such universality here.

·    Good day: Dzien dobry ('jean' and 'dough' plus 'bree' like the cheese - so you have got – 'jean – dough - bree')

·    Hi: Czesc (use this one on friends only: 'che sh ch' but run it all together as one sound)

·    Bye: Czesc (works like 'aloha' or 'ciao' or 'salut', making informal comings and goings easy)

·    Good bye: Do widzenia ('dough - wid – zen - ya' comes close enough)

·    I don't speak Polish: Nie mowie po polsku ('nie' as above, 'moovie' then 'po' as in really poor, and 'pole sku')

·    I don't understand: Nie rozumiem ( 'nie' we know by now and 'row zoo me m' works for the operative word)

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