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The word man in Polish

Hello All.

This is still an important question I think. How come the word 'mężczyzna' has a 't' sound in its pronunciation.

ę: is pronounced 'eh' ż: is pronounced 'zh' cz: is pronounced 'ch'

and the other letters as you read them.

So again I ask how come you pronounce a 't' sound. I do not see why. If someone could explain!

Thanks

2 weeks ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/AdamRutkow5

the combination of "ż" and "cz" for foreigners sounds similar to "t", for Poles it is not even a bit similar;) You must listen to the pronunciation of "sz" "cz" "ż" "dż" "dz" when you master it, you will not hear "t" there :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfCB8APoeBo

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KVRMx
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I heard, when I first listened to this word: “ mash chiz na” ....lol. I’ve never heard a “t” but I’ve heard things differently / wrong at first and then after continued listening and slowly getting to understand each letter’s sound or combination of letters’ sounds, it became a little clearer. I’m not an expert, though. Others have recommended listening to the free Forvo site where female/male native and non-native speakers pronounce a large variety of words. I hope that helps you.

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MajkelPo

Hm.. there is no "t" sound in the word "mężczyzna" at all. It's ok you can't find it. :)

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DavidBall646242

I found buying some Polish books helps you understand how words are pronounced. A good one is "Polish for Dummies". Another very good but expensive one is Polish A Comprehensive Grammar - Iwona Sadowska - Routledge

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98
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it's probably because "cz" is technically the same as "tsz" (in IPA: t͡ʂ) so that's why you hear a t

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alik1989
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Please don't say that it's the same! :)

If that were so, trzy would sound the same as czy, but it doesn't.

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MiloBem
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in many languages consonant clusters get merged, especially if they can produce africates, like (ts -> c) or (trz -> cz). For people not used to Polish clusters they are indistinguishable, so they think they hear "t" because they are also used to spelling those sounds with "t".

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/unabdd

in subcarpatia it does :P

5 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GKnight3

Yeah, I hear that 't' sound. What is IPA excuse me?

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MiloBem
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"India pale ale", type of beer ;) also: International Phonetic Alphabet - a kind of scientific notation for sounds in foreign languages

2 weeks ago
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