https://www.duolingo.com/Atcovi

Any tips on memorizing man and girl in Polish?

And pronunciation

December 12, 2015

13 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/odal.me

It's easy. 1. Learn Russian and find that "mężczyzna" is close to "мужчина" [mushina]. 2. Learn Ukrainian and find that "dziewczynka" is close to "дівчинка" [divchynka]. 3. Bingo!

December 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/A_User

I've actually found that the similarity between Russian and Polish on that word is messing me up all the time. I always try and write mużczina in Polish and межчизна in Russian.

December 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/odal.me

Another way to memorize: mężczyzna = "mę" (sounds close to "man") + "ż" (first letter of "żona" = wife) + "czy zna" (does he know). When you try to write "mężczyzna", just think: does the man having a wife know what means to be a man?

December 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

Haha, I kinda like it!

December 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/danfeve

Wow, that was really creative... 1 lingot for you!

December 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/hughcparker

Stubbornly repeating the Duolingo exercises, and having a guess each time, is slowly working for me.

December 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike

Wiktionary gives IPA and human recordings:

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/m%C4%99%C5%BCczyzna

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/dziewczynka

If you familiarise yourself with phonology and spelling rules, you will see that both are completely phonetic, so concentrate on pronouncing them correctly and you'll find that you can spell them. I was quite amazed the first time I typed in mężczyzna correctly, as all Polish words look impossible, but they're really very regular.

December 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Shadowmere360

Keep writing or typing it. Eventually you can type it no problem. Also listen to the word being said in the language

December 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/A_User

Type it or write it out by hand (the latter generally works better for me) 50 times, and you'll probably be saying it in your sleep for the rest of your life.

December 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AaronTupaz

Hate to criticize, but that's not a very effective way of learning if you're writing things 50 times. It's better to just focus on a word for a minute, and create strong associates. I notice for example you struggle with мужчина, муж means husband, чи sounds like chi, на can sound like Napoleon, or maybe you know a Natalie. Then make a story up, like the husband in order to be a man has to share his energy with Napolean or Natalie. I understand that мужчина is not really spelt the way it's pronounced and you'll have to make additional associations. But as a psychology major, I can tell you the secret to learning anything is to associate it with things you already know, and make it funny, weird, violent, or even sexual. And when you get advanced, store that story in a city or place in your mind, specifically for Russian and have separate locations for different languages. Simple repetition works, but it's a very slow process and there are much more effective techniques.

December 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/A_User

That's a great idea. Sometimes a word or phrase will just refuse to stick and I just need to keep using it and trying to get it right, and get someone to correct it when it's wrong, but I'll try this as well. :-)

December 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/HelbentForleder

Mąż is husband. There's an association for you! Here is another: mężatka - married (to a man).

December 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Klaudialk

I speak a bit of Polish but never really learned to write it, so the spelling has been a real challenge! My tip for mężczyzna in particular is to remember that it has 3 z's (well 2 z's and one with a dot) and building it up around that.

December 12, 2015
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