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duolingo's pronuciation of "В"

When the computer voice reads sentences, I can't hear her/it pronouncing the word "B" (as in "Я в метро") when speaking at a normal pace, and when I play the slow audio, it is a very brief "f" sound. Is this indicative of the actual Russian pronunciation of this word, or a quirk of the computer voice?

December 16, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Shady_arc
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This word is always used before another word, so the TTS does pronounce it unnaturally when making a pause after every word.

In speech, it sounds as "v" before a voiced consonant (or a vowel) and as "f" before a devoiced one.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/buenotc

Say va and fa very slowly and pay close attention to the position of your tongue as the air is being let out. How much difference is there?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AaronTupaz

Is it a big difference to a native's ear if we use the wrong sound of в in speech? When in doubt, is the "v" sound safer than "f" or vice versa?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Shady_arc
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Well, if you can pronounce vteatr and fdom...

Russian does not have a preposition that is pronounced ф, so, unnatural as it may sound, there is little possibility of misunderstanding if you do not implement the devoicing properly.

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