"i" Pronunciation Question
Saluton ! I'm sorry if this is a silly question, but I have a small one about pronunciation.
From what I thought I understood, "i" in Esperanto is pronounced much like the standard French "i." In other words, like "ee" in in the English word "meet" or "i" in the French "église."
However, in the following exercise sentence:
"Ĉu vi amas ŝin aŭ min?"
the "i" in "vi" sounds normal, but the "i" in "ŝin" and "min" sounds like the i in the English word "in." Does that mean that the pronunciation of "i" changes in a closed syllable? Or is the computer just being weird?
Theoretically I is always "ee" but some speakers will say the "in" I when speaking.
Okay, that's good to know, thank you! To me it actually feels easier to always say "ee" so I will stick with that. :P
I find it very difficult to hear the difference between present tense (-as) and past tense (-is) if the speaker doesn't annunciate carefully, while -os is much more distinct and easier to hear. Even on the lessons here when you have to type the sentence you hear, though the speaker is very good and I can click the icon and hear the phrase repeated several times I still have to guess sometimes. I think this is a pretty serious drawback to the verb conjugation system in Esperanto.
That's a phenomenon of english natives because they tend to pronounce the "-as" ending like the English word "as" instead of as in "bus". The "a" is pronounced like in English "but" or "tough".
I find it very difficult to hear the difference between present tense (-as) and past tense (-is) if the speaker doesn't enunciate carefully
I absolutely agree with you. You'd think that Esperanto's method of distinguishing past/present/future would make it easy to tell the difference, but unfortunately since the key syllable is unstressed (that is, the -is/-as/-os/-us syllable), it's very easy to mis-hear.
As a native spanish speaker I don't struggle with this, I clearly hear different sounds, probably because that's the same way we pronounce these letters. I struggle with many other things, but not with pronunciation.