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Dutch pronunciation - I find it difficult to make eu and uu sound different, or rather, correct!

So, any tips for pronouncing, for example, deur and duur, also boer and buurman, boeren and buren?

2 years ago

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2 years ago

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Thanks. I knew about this site but don't find it helpful or easy to use. There are no exercises, or clear explanations or diagrams to show you how the shape of the mouth or position of tongue changes so you can actually FEEL the way your mouth should feel when pronouncing the sounds.

2 years ago

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In that case if you googled you would have come across this: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/dutchstudies/an/SP_LINKS_UCL_POPUP/SPs_english/linguistics/sound_phonetics.html

Or: http://home.hccnet.nl/h.dalmolen/Grammar/Pronunciation.htm

Though even then you don't use your tongue with oe, ie, ui, uu etc. so the best you can do is replicate the sound for which the previous website is definitely best.

2 years ago

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thanks!

2 years ago

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My partner has massive issues with 'ui' sounds. It sounds like 'ou' every time they try to pronounce things like muis, huis, tuin, opruimen etc. Quite funny for me, but frustrating for him ;-)

I'd say that the 'oe' sound is with a round mouth and relaxed lips pointing out a bit (not quite a duckfacem but close). While the 'uu' sound is with tensed lips and a flatter mouth. A bit like you're going to whistle a tune.

2 years ago
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