https://www.duolingo.com/malinche

pronunciation of ihr and er

I cannot hear the difference in pronunciation between ihr an er. I sometimes get it by means of the verb, but not always. With a verb like trinken (trinkt for both) I don't get the difference.

June 8, 2012

3 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/christian

It's probably hard to tell because of the computer voice, but the two words are pronounced differently. "er" sounds very similar to the English word "air" and "ihr" sounds very similar to the English word "here", just without the "h" (imagine a standard British accent).

You might want to listen to some professional audio recordings.

http://www.duden.de/rechtschreibung/er http://www.duden.de/rechtschreibung/ihr_sie_wem

(click on the speaker symbol)

June 8, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/pure-awesome

Yes, I've been having the same problem. I'm very new to the German so I find it very difficult. When I ask the computer to pronounce it slowly, it sounds like "ee-er" (if you imagine the English pronunctiation of the vowels).

June 8, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Selichan

I had the same problem while doing the exercises here, but in real life speaking can tell the difference. It's true, it must be the computer voice. Thank you for the explanation.

June 9, 2012
Learn German in just 5 minutes a day. For free.