What does Esperanto "z" sound like? I always get the "type what you hear" wrong.
When I hear the audio, it sounds like an "L" to me. (Ex: gekuzoj) Is there a problem with my sound? I play it over and over, and type what I hear, but I don't hear an english "Z" sound.
It should just sound like an English z... Can you post a link to an example?
Yes, something is wrong.
Perhaps you soundsystem - or perhaps what you are hearing (or probably rather what your brain is translating what you are hearing)
For some Chinese (or is it Japanese) the r and l sounds almost alike. For me the s and z sound quite the same.
I have been told that you can learn to "decode" the sounds right. So even if the Z actually sounds like a L to you. That can change with some training. I don't think I have had to much success though.
Thank you, this site is very helpful. I now think the problem is with the duolingo speaker, not with my hearing. I will make sure to note this if I come across it again. I don't remember the exact word, and can't replay the lesson since it was in a "practice" lesson.
Yes, sometimes there are problems with the audio files, and not just with the Esperanto course.
It could be a combination of factors. Between the recording, my computer, and the fact that I have tinnitus (ringing ears) -- I don't know what I heard.
It sounds just like a "z" to me. I think the more experience you have hearing the language, the better you will get :)