How to Count to Ten in Polish

Ever wanted to count in many different languages? You should try counting to ten in Polish! It is simple, easy and fun.

Steps

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    Start with one: 'Jeden' sounds like "ye-den".
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    Two: 'Dwa' sounds like "dva".
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    Three: 'Trzy' sounds like "T-r-sh-ih".
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    Four: 'Cztery' sounds like "Ch-te-(rolled R like in Italian) r-ih" ['ch-terih' as in 'match Terry though with the "y" less like an 'ee']
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    Five: 'Pięć' sounds like "P-yench" ['ench' as in 'bench']
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    Six: 'Sześć' sounds like "Sh-esh-ch" ['esh-ch' as in 'mesh chicken']
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    Seven: 'Siedem' sounds like "Shed-em"
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    Eight: 'Osiem' sounds like "Osh-em"
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    Nine: 'Dziewięć' sounds like "Jev-yench" ['ench' as in 'bench']
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    Ten: 'Dziesięć' sounds like "Je-shench" ['ench' as in 'bench']

Tips

  • "e" is always like "e" in "bed", never as in "bother"
  • All are accented on the first (or only) syllable.

Warnings

  • Polish sounds - naturally - don't correspond exactly to their English equivalents. "Cztery" is tricky and "trzy" is trickier. Try to listen to native speakers.

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Categories: Polish