WHAT IS THE POLISH PRONUNCIATION BUNDLE?
The Polish pronunciation bundle is a set of the essential Anki flashcards to learn Polish pronunciation. It is made for Polish learners at the beginners level who would like to learn and memorize Polish pronunciation within 1-2 months. Even intermediate and advanced Polish learners will find this useful, especially if you still have Polish pronunciation problems. With this digital flashcard bundle, you’ll learn the Polish alphabet, Polish IPA pronunciation and Polish minimal pairs.
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WHY SHOULD I LEARN POLISH PRONUNCIATION?
Sounds of Polish are the Foundations of the Language
If we breakdown the Polish language and examine what makes up a language, we can see that Polish conversations are made up of sentences. Then, each sentence is made up of words. But each Polish word is made up of unique Polish sounds. These sounds are the foundations of the Polish language.
The sounds of Polish are different to your native language. The way we would pronounce letters from the alphabet for example, are also different in English compared to Polish. In order to begin learning Polish and the sounds of Polish, we need to learn Polish pronunciation.
Learn Polish Pronunciation to Avoid Permanent Errors in Speaking
If you speak with terrible Polish pronunciation to a native Polish speaker, they may not understand you, even though your Polish vocab and grammar are perfect. We want to make sure that you get the foundations of Polish handled right from the beginning because it might be very difficult to change your accent later on.
Language experts call this phenomenon “fossilization”. It’s when language learners make permanent errors in the way they speak a foreign language because they constantly use language features of their native language. If you skip learning pronunciation, you’ll most likely create bad habits, which can prevent you from being able to communicate in Polish.
Self-correction and Boost of Confidence
If you have terrible pronunciation, then you’re more likely to face situations where you are misunderstood and confused. When this happens, you might feel embarrassed and frustrated because you’re unable to communicate properly and this hinders your ability to learn Polish.
It would be impossible to have a Polish tutor follow you everywhere and correct your pronunciation in all situations. So we recommend that the best solution to your poor pronunciation is to improve your ability to self-correct yourself. In this way, you will be able to catch yourself making pronunciation mistakes, and then correct yourself before miscommunication occurs. The Polish Pronunciation Flashcards Bundle helps you remember all of the important sounds of Polish so that you can self-correct your pronunciation in any situation.
When you improve your Polish pronunciation, you also get the added bonus of improving your confidence and motivation to learn Polish, and research studies have shown this to be true. By self-correcting your own pronunciation difficulties, it will help improve your listening comprehension and give you confidence to speak in Polish. Your Polish pronunciation can enhance your fluency and native speakers will understand you better.
HOW DO I LEARN POLISH PRONUNCIATION?
Polish pronunciation can be broken down into 3 parts: Polish alphabet, Polish IPA and Polish minimal pairs. All 3 parts will help to improve your Polish pronunciation in different but essential ways.
1. Polish Alphabet
In order to improve your pronunciation, the Polish alphabet is the first step because the alphabet is used to write out Polish words and represent Polish sounds. Native Polish speakers use this alphabet to write words and sentences, so it makes sense when learning Polish to start with the Polish alphabet.
Although Polish letters mostly look the same as the English alphabet, the Polish name of the letter and its use in Polish words will be different. Again, we want to familiarize ourselves with the Polish sounds in order to avoid “fossilization” from occurring and affecting your speech.
By learning the Polish alphabet, you’ll also expose yourself to some words that start with those letters. This can help you associate how those letters sound in actual Polish words.
2. Polish IPA
The Polish IPA (Polish International Phonetic Alphabet) is a standardized representation of the sounds of spoken language. The IPA is useful because the IPA of a word tells you how to pronounce it correctly in Polish in a standardized way.
The regular Polish alphabet is different from the Polish IPA. Take the example of the Polish word ” śpiew ” ( IPA: [ɕpʲɛf] ), which means “song”. If you read this Polish word as it’s spelled in regular Polish letters, then you may not pronounce it correctly.
As a native English speaker, you may pronounce it as “speew”, but that is incorrect and a Polish speaker will be totally confused. You’ll feel embarrassed and not get your point across. But, if you read the IPA of “śpiew”, you’ll find it spelled like this ” [ɕpʲɛf] “.
By learning the Polish IPA you’ll be able to pronounce sounds in Polish from the written IPA. In time, you’ll be able to see the IPA symbols and know how the word should be pronounced correctly.
3. Polish Minimal Pairs
Minimal pairs are 2 words that seem very similar when you hear them, except for just 1 sound. In Polish, there are minimal pairs such as “cień” and “dzień”, which mean “shadow” and “day” respectively.
These subtle differences in sound can make all the difference when you are trying to understand or speak Polish.
Learning the Polish minimal pairs can improve your pronunciation skills as well as your listening comprehension. This is proven by academic research.
Ann Bradlow from Cornell University and colleagues did academic research that found that minimal pair training results in improved pronunciation. Language learners of English improved their ability to discriminate between the /r/ and /l/ sounds to around 82 percent accuracy from 65 percent from a training period of 15-22 hours over 3 weeks.
In a recent study published in 2020, academic researchers from UCAM University did minimal pair testing in Spain. The researchers studied 52 language learners, focused on minimal pair words that compared sounds like /æ/ , /ɑː/ , /ʌ/ , and /ə/, as well as comparing the /s/ and /z/ sounds. They concluded that minimal pair training fostered substantial improvements in the learners’ perception and production of the target sounds.
Polish minimal pairs are important as there is strong academic evidence that shows that it can improve your Polish pronunciation. Also, if you can distinguish between the different Polish sounds, you’ll be able to understand Polish native speakers better and you’ll enunciate words clearer.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE POLISH PRONUNCIATION BUNDLE?
The Anki Polish pronunciation flashcards bundle includes all 3 digital flashcard decks for Anki you’ll need to learn Polish pronunciation. The 3 flashcard decks included are:
Learn the Polish alphabet with pictures and audio. Get familiar with the sounds & letters of the Polish language.
Learn the fundamentals in Polish pronunciation using the Polish IPA Anki flashcards.
Learn the most common Polish minimal pairs to improve your Polish pronunciation.
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