I know, right! I am so used to Polandball that it is even unusual for me to see the actual non-inverted Polish flag on this site :P
It's a nasal vowel! You can hear a recording of just this letter at http://mowicpopolsku.com/polish-alphabet-pronunciation/ :)
For some reason Windows explorer keeps closing that particular webpage. I tried going to the main site and I can, but then if I go to the Alphabet page from there, I still get the same problem. I did find this: http://forvo.com/search/%22M%c4%99%c5%bcczyzna/
męż + czy + zna: the first one comes from old Polish mąż, now only meaning husband; the second is the same particle czy that starts a question or the conjunction 'whether'; the third one means "knows".
mężczyzna = husband + whether + knows = whether the husband knows :-) This is the question!
Can someone explain the 'zcz' part? To an English or German brain it sounds like the letters 'sht' 'scht'. Is zcz all one sound or is it two sounds? And if it's two sounds, are they 'sh' and 't', and does zc make the first sound and z make the second? Or does z make the first sound and cz the second? Sorry, just so confused, just trying to understand... :P :P
Mężczyzna ( man, male ) • Mężczyźni ( men ) Collective feminine Noun until 17th century, From mąż (man) + -czyzna (collective suffix), from Proto-Slavic mǫžь < Proto-Slavic mon-g- < Proto-Indo-European man-
Mąż ( husband, man, male, manliness - Noun ) • -czyzna ( abstract quality, state of being, possession - Suffix ) • czy ( is yes/no? - Particle | if, whether, or - Conjunction ) • Zna ( know - Verb 3rd Person Singular Present ) • Znać ( to know - Verb )