The Polish Alphabet

The Polish Alphabet

The sounds and symbols of Polish


 James Paul Wallis

Unlock the mysteries of Polish spelling and pronunciation!

Whether you’re new to Polish and need to find out what sounds the letters make, or you’ve been learning a while but want to improve your pronunciation, this book is for you.

Includes:

  • all the letter sounds
  • letter combinations
  • mouth position diagrams
  • how to type special characters
  • punctuation

Sounds are described in plain language, along with phonetic symbols for those that want them. Plus, all the example words and sounds in the book are available to hear online – see the videos below.

Widely available through online retailers such as Barnes & Noble, Waterstones and Amazon.

Product details

Paperback

ISBN-13 9788396173942
ISBN-10 839617394X
Extent 48 pages
Trim 134 × 216 mm, 5.5 × 8.5"
Published January 2022
Edition 1st
Publisher Grijben

e-book

ISBN-13 9788396173959
ISBN-10 8396173958
Extent 40 pages
Published January 2022
Edition 1st
Publisher Grijben

Listen to the sounds (video series)

Below is the video series that accompanies the book The Polish Alphabet

While the book gives simple descriptions of how to pronounce the Polish sounds (for example, the Polish c is like the ts in cats)
and phonetic symbols (for example, a Polish c would be /ts/), the videos have recordings of the sounds so you can actually hear them.

For best results, watch with the book open!

Video list:

  1. Overview
  2. Basic letter sounds
  3. Letter combinations
  4. Advanced pronunciation
  5. Stress
  6. Spelling
  7. Punctuation
  8. Putting it all together

1. Overview

2. Basic letter sounds

3. Letter combinations

4. Advanced pronunciation

5. Stress

6. Spelling

7. Punctuation

8. Putting it all together

The rolled r

As mentioned in the book, if you’re struggling to pick up the rolled r, a video tutorial may help. Here are two examples:

You can find more videos on sites like YouTube. Try searching for something like “How to roll your rs“. 

Special Polish characters to copy

The Polish Alphabet details different ways to type the special Polish accented letters and other symbols.
As the book says, one simple approach is to copy and paste the characters from a webpage.
Feel free to copy anything you need from here:

ą

Ą

ć

Ć

ę

Ę

ł

Ł

ń

Ń

ó

Ó

ś

Ś

ź

Ź

ż

Ż

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Also available from Grijben