Learn How to Pronounce Names and Towns

Learning how to pronounce Polish letters and letter combinations will help you learn how to pronounce names and towns, which will in turn help you learn how to better search for these.

Many letters are pronounced very much like they are in English. These are not:

Letter(s) Pronunciation
a ah
ą nasal a
ń canyon
ć ch
c wits
ch as in Scottish loch
cz ch
dz woods
ę nasal e
h between Scottish loch and English heart
i ee
j yes
ł water
ó book
r as in Spanish rolled r
rz vision
ś sh
sz or sie sh (examples: Moszek and Mosiek)
u root
w v
y syllable
ź vision
ż vision

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