When it comes to learning Polish pronunciation, there are two things that might make it a little bit difficult for a native English speaker. Thankfully, however, there is at least one thing that does make it a lot easier. One of the things that make pronouncing the Polish language a little bit more difficult for native English speakers is the fact that different letter combinations are used to indicate familiar sounds. Also, the way sounds are combined in Polish can often twist the tongue of English speakers. Still, there are actually only three sounds in Polish that do not exist in the English language. So, mastering those sounds right up front will certainly make your life quite a bit easier, to say the least.
One of those sounds in Polish pronunciation that doesn’t exist in the English language is an ”a” with a tail on it. In order to properly pronounce this sound, English speakers should first imagine saying, “Ow!” Next, imagine pronouncing the “ng” sound at the end of the word “swing.” When you combine the two, you’ll be creating a sound that closely approximates the correct sound in Polish. The next Polish sound you should learn that doesn’t exist in English is represented by an “e” with a tail on it. In order to approximate this one, all you have to do is say “en,” as in “engage,” but make the “e” a bit more nasal.
The third sound in Polish pronunciation that doesn’t exist in English is its “ch” sound.” The Polish “ch” sound isn’t at all like the English “ch” sound. It’s completely different. If you just pronounce a hard “K,” and put a lot of breath in it, you’ll be close enough. Another thing to keep in mind about properly pronouncing Polish words is that in nearly all of them, the emphasis is placed on the second to last syllable. Like so many other rules in this language, this one is applied on a nearly universal basis, which makes learning this language at least a little bit easier.
Remember, another thing to study in Polish pronunciation is the fact that some sounds which are already familiar to you are going to be represented by different letter combinations in Polish than in English. For example, in Polish, the “ch” sound in the word “church” is represented by the letter combination “cz.” Learning this and other differences first will greatly increase your speed of mastery.