Polish phonology and orthography are hard for me, yet easier in Cyrillic...

So I have trouble pronouncing/recognizing Polish words yet I really want to learn the language, yet the strange thing is, if I put the above text into Cyrillic (approximate) I can read it just fine. В шчебжешинє хжашч бжмі в тжцінє. (I used the Ukrainian alphabet and I did the approx. pronunciation based off of the few skills I'd done)

Any help with improving my pronunciation?

August 5, 2016


Well, that's true that Cyrillic is closer than the basic Latin alphabet, but still it doesn't have ą and ę and I suspect dź/dzi may be a problem as well... and the palatalization is a bit different, so I wouldn't be so sure about your version of "ci" in "trzcinie".

August 5, 2016

I think you might find some help in this discussion...

I have found it most helpful to talk with Polish friends, especially if they are happy to correct my mispronunciations. Other than that, I watch/listen to Polish broadcasts and Polish films. I enjoy Radio Bielsko but there are many to choose from.

My tip, if you are watching a Polish film, is to try it with Polish subtitles, if they are available. I found it helpful to be able to see and hear the words.

August 5, 2016

Nice idea with Cyrillic, but some Polish sounds a bit different than Ukrainian ones (but still Polish with Ukrainian versions of sounds is much better for me XD).

You should get someone as a talking partner, you can get someone online, for example here: and listen to Polish music (what's your favourite kind of music?) and watch Polish films/TV shows:

TVP (Polish Public/State TV) -

Private TVs:


Polsat -

You can also listen to Polish radio, here's "official" public/state radio:

Other private ones:

And much more... Sorry, but pages are only in Polish

August 5, 2016

the TVs aren't available outside of Poland tho

August 7, 2016

Sorry then :/ Does the rest work?

August 7, 2016

yeah, radio seems to be ok

well actually only the official TV sites don't work outside Poland, but if you find a "pirate" stream then it will work from anywhere (for example I watch Polish football once in a while and sometimes it's shown on a Polish channel)

August 7, 2016

That's good :) I know that there are some pirate streams, but I wanted to use official ones, I didn't know that they work only in Poland :/

August 8, 2016

well it's common for national channels to be available only for the country it's broadcast in, here in Finland we also have a national channel and you can watch it from Finland only

then proxies are also an option if you want to bypass the country restriction but usually they are not good enough to stream video

August 8, 2016
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