Tuesday, May 12, 2015


I don’t understand Polish so much as I deduce it, as a detective considering clues.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Friday, December 26, 2014

Polish Word of the Day For Americans

By request (on fb), I will explain the excruciating pronunciation of “Happy New Year” in Polish. By sharing this now, you will have a few days to practice.
Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku!
Note that “sz” and “cz” are one sound and count as one letter each: sh and ch, respectively. Practice by saying “shhh, shhh, shhhch” (as if you were going to say “shchess”). Actually, shchess is pretty close to the first syllable, which is “shchen” (but twang that “en” [ę]).
The ś is also a “sh” sound. Thanks, Polish! Or should I say Poliś? Hah? Haaah? No, I know.
So, let’s just go with that first word (which is an adjective in masculine form, cos rok (year) is a masculine noun): Szczęśliwego, or shchen-shlee-veh-go. Four syllables. Now say it fast.
Let’s just jump in with the whole thing: shchen-shlee-veh-go noh-veh-go rroh-ku. (Yes, the Poles roll the “r,” but not too much. You’re not rolling the “r” over so much as pushing it a little.)
Try it again: shchen-shlee-veh-go noh-veh-go rroh-ku! (Remember to twang that “en!”) (Accent on the second to last syllable.)
Try it again: Szczesliwego Nowego Roku!
Practice this for 15 minutes a day and come midnight New Year’s Eve, you’ll be able to yell out like me, “SHCHAYGO NOGU ROKU!”
Or just yell out the last word.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Polish Word of the Day For Americans

The word “jump” (as when playing with a dog and telling the dog to jump) is pronounced “scotch.”

Thursday, December 12, 2013

December 2013

Promenada Staromiejska [12 Dec 2013]

Window on Psie Budy [01 Dec 2013]

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