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What's the difference between "ź" and "ż"?

I mean, the pronounce. Is it the same sound and just changes the intensity or what?

For learning: Polish
Base language: English
Category: Language


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    ż - Hard zh. Sounds exactly the same as rz.
    Fairly similar to Zhivago, vision, measure, treasure, leisure, and French je suis.

    Soft zh. Similar to but clearly softer than ż and rz.

    z followed by i is pronounced just like ź.
    ziarno, ziemia, gałęzie ("grain", "earth", "branches") are pronounced as "źarno", "źemia", "gałęźe" (not "źiarno", "źiemia", "gałęźie").

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