How to pronounce Polish nasal vowels? A1

There are two nasal vowels “– ą” and “” in Polish.

Both are “double” sounds. They last longer than normal vowels and are pronounced in two stages. By nasal, we mean the sound that has to pass through the nose in the final stages.

Study these excemples:

ę = [e + ę] 

zęby = /pronunciation : zembih/  (teeth),       

ręka = /pronunciation: renka/ (hand)

błędy =  / pronuncition: buedih/(mistakes)

On the other hand, the “ą” is pronounced like this:

ą = [o + on]

mądry = /pronunciation: mondrih/ (wise)

pączek = /pronunciation: ponchek/ (donut)

kąpać = /pronunciation: kompa’c/ (to bathe)

(The sound [ą] is similar to the sound like in French word “bonbon”)


Sound [ą] always has nasality at the end of a word! 

Study these excamples:

Idą = /pronunciation: eedohN/ (they go)

= /pronunciation: sohN/ (they are)

Sound [ę] loses nasality at the end of a word:

Ja idę = /pronunciation: ya eede/ (I go)

Imię = /pronunciation: eemye/ (name)