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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.

2 years ago

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It should just sound like an English z... Can you post a link to an example?

2 years ago

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Hey, thanks. Do you hear the z as an l? I'm hearing z.

2 years ago

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I'm hearing z too.

2 years ago

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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.

2 years ago

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I found this site with audio files of the Esperanto sounds. Try the z sound. Does it still sound like "l"? http://mindprod.com/esperanto/esounds.html

2 years ago

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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.

2 years ago

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Yes, sometimes there are problems with the audio files, and not just with the Esperanto course.

2 years ago

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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.

2 years ago

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It sounds just like a "z" to me. I think the more experience you have hearing the language, the better you will get :)

2 years ago

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