Episode 79: Mother Sacred!

Matko święta!

English Phonemes: “MAHT-koh SFY[Ę]-tah”

Literal Translation: Mother sacred!

Elegant Translation: Holy Mother!

English Equivalent: Holy Mother of God!

In honor of Mothers’ Day this month (in America on the second Sunday in May, in Poland always on May 26), I thought I’d do a mother-related phrase!

Today we learn the Polish way to say “Holy Mother of God!” in English. An exclamation of surprise or shock, it’s a fun phrase to have in your back pocket!

Matko = Mother [vocative form, an invocation]
= sacred, holy [adj., subj. form, fem.]

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Julia Tutko