Polish Alphabet

Polish Alphabet

If you're trying to learn the Polish Alphabet you will find some useful resources including a course about pronunciation, and sound of all letters... to help you with your Polish grammar. Try to concentrate on the lesson and memorize the sounds. Also don't forget to check the rest of our other lessons listed on Learn Polish. Enjoy the rest of the lesson!

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Polish Alphabet

Learning the Polish alphabet is very important because its structure is used in every day conversation. Without it, you will not be able to say words properly even if you know how to write those words. The better you pronounce a letter in a word, the more understood you will be in speaking the Polish language.

Below is a table showing the Polish alphabet and how it is pronounced in English, and finally examples of how those letters would sound if you place them in a word.

Polish AlphabetEnglish SoundPronunciation Example
A auas in fun
Ą ąon, omas in long, or tom before 'b' or 'p'
B bbas in bat
C ctsas in bits
Ć ćchas in cheek
D ddas in dog
E eeas in red
Ę ęen, emas in sense, or gem before 'b' or 'p'
F ffas in far
G ggas in gap
H hchas in loch (aspirated)
I iias in fit
J jyas in yes
K kkas in kit
L llas in lip
Ł łwas in wet
M mmas in mat
N nnas in nut
Ń ńny'n' as in onion
O ooas in hot
Ó óuas in push
P ppas in pin
R rras in Roma (rolled)
S ssas in sun
Ś śshas in sheep
T ttas in top
U uuas in push
W wvas in vat
Y yyas in rhythm
Z zzas in zip
Ź źzhg' as in Niger (soft)
Ż żzhs' as in pleasure (hard)
  Qq, Vv, Xxk, v, xonly in foreign words
Diphtongs
ch ch' as in the Scottish loch
ci 'ch' as in cheek
cz'ch' as in chalk
dz'ds' as in goods
dzi'du' as in duke
'du' as in duke
'j' as in job
ni'n' as in onion
rz's' as in treasure
si'sh' as in sheep
sz'sh' as in shark
szczshch' as in chair
zig' as in Niger

Polish Pronunciation

You saw how a letter is written and might be pronounced, but there is nothing better than hearing the sound of the letters in a video or audio. Below you will be able to hear how the letters above are pronounced, just press the play button:

Polish Pronunciation

The alphabet and its pronunciation have a very important role in Polish, therefore they need very special attention. Once you're done with Polish alphabet, you might want to check the rest of our Polish lessons here: Learn Polish. Don't forget to bookmark this page.


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