Feb. 8th, 2017

Ts Ts Tsk

Feb. 8th, 2017 01:33 am
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For an English speaker learning Polish, your knowledge of how the letters in the Roman alphabet are pronounced will trip you up. A lot of them are different. Very different. How is the letter C pronounced in Polish? [Ts]. Plus it has letters that English doesn't have.

I've started to work on pronunciation. However, my Fluent Forever book suggests learning the International Phonetic Alphabet. For Polish, it might provide a reminder that the word isn't pronounced the way that you think that it's pronounced.

I've also been having problems with the [ts] sound, so I've been walking around the house saying "WiTS TS TS". Good thing that I live alone.

Polish might send me screaming into the arms of Italian. We'll see. I'm starting to see why some people call Polish the hardest language to learn. I haven't even touched grammar yet, which is complex.

However, I did hear Polish spoken when I was a young child, so that might help. I did pull Dziękuję (Thank you) out of some recess of my mind, although I'm not pronouncing it exactly right.

My little monkey, Zara, has discovered that she can jump the gate to the back door. She hasn't tried to get out though; she's just freaking me out. I think that she's jumping mostly to prove that she can do it and to show me that I can't keep her out of the area by the back door. Little troublemaker :)

I fell asleep last night with my clothes and lights on and slept for 10 hours. Apparently I needed it.


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