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Mistake in the pronunciation of Polish "a"

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Hi guys!

I've noticed there's a mistake in one of the most important parts of the course - the pronunciation of Polish letters.

Polish "a" (e.g. in "tak") is said to be pronounced as in "black", but this in phonetic script would be /'blæk/, which is nowhere near the Polish "a".

What should be the corresponding example is probably something with /a/, like in "smart".

I hope someone can fix this problem! :)

Kasia

2 years ago

3 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Anna_Elsa_J.

In Polish we usually pronunce letter "a" as [ä], like some Americans pronunce the letter "o" in the word "cot". After palatal or palatalized consonants it becomes [a], like "a" in the word "hat" (Received Pronunciation), some speakers pronunce the letter "a" like this in general. It can be pronunced as [æ], like "a" in "cat" too. Also some speakers pronunce "a" as [ɐ], like "u" in the word "nut" (Received Pronunciation). Source: Wikipedia

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DistortedGuest

Probably, but this would vary on the local accents, it generally is [a].

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Anna_Elsa_J.

That's it, normally it's /a/: [ä] or [a] depending on sources

2 years ago
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