Pronunciation of Zbyszek

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UK: English
I'm teaching a Pole called Zbyszek and just can't catch the pronunciation. Could someone transcribe it for me phonemically, using approximate English phonemes?

Is it something like: /'ʒbɪʃek/

Thanks in anticipation.

  • slowik

    Senior Member
    It's zbysheck, stress falls on the first syllable.

    Y is pronounced just like in Gwyneth or Plymouth.


    Senior Member
    Is it something like: /'ʒbɪʃek/
    Yes, more or less. We can say English /ɪ/ is something between the Polish y and Polish i sounds.

    For us it is a very natural sound and when we don't know what to say we often say "yyy". It is also the sound that is produced when you try to pronounce consonants without pronouncing vovels. I don't know if English speakers are the case but if you ask Zbyszek to say p /p/ or m /m/ he will surely smuggle a little and shy y: /p(y)/, /m(y).

    It is similar to the central vowel (shwa) but it doesn't have this e and a tone in it. It is just pure y, I don't know how to explain it, hehehe.

    Practice makes perfect. :thumbsup:

    PS. It is not /ʒ/ (like in garage), there should be a dental /z/ in your transcription.
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