"Pająk i mysz."

Translation:A spider and a mouse.

December 12, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CromchyChipDip

And depending on whether or not we're in Australia, the spider will make quick work of the mouse.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kiralee23

Well dont use the and symbol &, it won't recognize it ☹️


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kal-in

Is the /P/ often missing from the start of words? I'm hearing this from some of the audio samples.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vytah
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It's not missing, at least not in this recording.

Are you a native English speaker? There are two things different here:

  • English aspirates word-initial P, T and K (adds a small H sound after them), and Polish doesn't. You expect that H and it's not there, so you think something is misssing.

  • some dialects of English usually pronounce P with more strength than B (fortis vs lenis), while in Polish those sounds don't differ in strength. A weaker Polish P may appear to you as too weak.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kal-in

Oh so the p isn't aspirated? Good to know! All right, I'll have a good listen out for these. ^^


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alex140662

Wasn't this a Stereophonic song? I think they were lovers


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Denegirl44

Literally sounded like i yonk i mesh


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alik1989

Initial plosives like /p/ are unaspirated in Polish and are therefore hard to hear for some English speakers in the beginning.

Distinguishing e and y is should also be easier after a while.

But the recordings are correct.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KordOmelian

The "i" between the words sounded like "je" to me as in, "The spider is eating the mouse." Whoops!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Juan738101

So is there always an "n" sound between ą and k?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jellei

I am not the best person to explain phonetics, but I guess we could say that "ą" sounds a bit like "om" or "on".

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