"He's a beaver! He shouldn't be saying anything!" - Susan, The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe
Is it just me or does "On nie" in the audio often sound like there's a vowel between the two words (or is this supposed to be how it's pronounced)? I often confuse it as "Ona nie"
Thanks! I checked the other voices and only for the Jacek and Jan voices do I clearly hear no vowel. If I type "Ony nie" (I know "ony" isn't a word, but I just wanted to check) for the Maya voice, it sounds very similar to how she pronounces "On nie", but maybe it's just a trick of the ears...
It's because Polish people do not say double consonants as a one smooth long sound like "nn" (at least some people don't).
Instead, you make a short pause between any double consonants.
So, the name Anna can often sound when pronounced a bit like "Anana" (an ... na) ...but I've noticed this is not always the case - I suppose it's regional/generational thing.
Ehm... I can't agree, we at least try to say them as smoothly as possible without any pause... "Anana" sounds absurd to me, even with the shortest pause.
Does this mean "he should not say anything" or am I misunderstanding the meaning.
Wouldn't this sentence also translate to "he shouldn't say nothing'? The word 'nic' meaning both anything and nothing seems confusing...
the word nic means nothing. But we can as many negatives as we want in Polish. English allows only one, so you have to choose if you want to say "He shouldn't say anything", or "he should say nothing"
Aha, thank you for the reply. So a double negative in Polish does not make a positive? Like it does in English? That is interesting.
words like nikt=nobody, nic=nothing, żaden=none, nigdy=never, nigdzie=nowhere, niczyj=nobody's need to be in the sentence with nie+verb.
on the other hand negating a negative adjective/adverb works like in English.
Because it means something else. "should not" and "does not have to" are quite different things.
Your sentence translates to "On nie musi nic mówić".
You have problems understanding, try being in your eighties and hard of hearing, to add to that, a womans voice is the most difficult in my hearing range. I memorize after an error and get through that way with some.