I guess there might be a problem with the audio. The "một" at the beginning should sound exactly like the second one. In Vietnamese, spelling and pronunciation go together.
Which should it be then? Mot'n or Mot? I have listened to all of the examples numerous times and concur with Sr. Stephen. It is consistently pronounced as Mot'n at the beginning of sentences.
It should be without the n. I think it's just a recording problem. If you find it in other examples, maybe you can report it so they can fix it latter. :)
The man pronounced the first "một" a little longer than necessary. That made "một" sound just like "một-n" while it should be pronounced like the second "một" in that sentence.
Language skills: Asian. (Sorry man, I just couldnt help it - 20 languages is truly impressive!)
Hey thanks! :) I will certainly drop some of them along the way. It is fascinating getting a sense of each language's sounds and nuances.
Thats true :). And I like the semi playful way of DL. For vocabulary I dont think its the best, for grammar it sure is good. And hey, its for free :D. Only takes some time and effort :P
The first and second "cái" sound pronounced differently here, but aren't they the same classifier word? Is there a reason for that?
They sound the same for me, and they should sound the same. Yes, they are the same classifier word. :)
Again, like the Mot'n vs Mot situation - cai is alternately pronounced as 'cay' or 'cah' - maybe even 'cuh'. It is a significant difference, but there is no indication as to why or when to use one pronunciation over the other. If there really is just one way to correctly pronounce it, then which is the correct way?
"cái" can be pronounced differently, depending on the speaker's accent. This speaker uses Northern accent.
Thanks; I realized just after I wrote that (but couldn't get back to it) that I knew what ‘cái’ is. But ‘găng tay’ … if ‘găng’ means ‘glove’ already, then can it be used on its own, or should it always be followed ‘tay’? Can it be followed by other words to mean something else?
Yes. You can use 'găng tay' or just 'găng' for 'glove(s)', 'mitten(s)', 'boxing glove(s)', 'gauntlet(s)' etc. To be more specific, we add more "information" after 'găng (tay)' to show what type of 'glove(s)' we are talking about:
glove(s): găng (xỏ ngón), găng tay (xỏ ngón);
mitten(s): găng (tay) liền ngón;
boxing glove(s): găng (tay) đấm bốc;
gauntlet(s): găng (tay) hiệp sĩ/sỹ, găng (tay) bảo hộ
We tend to use 'găng tay' more because it sounds better when you say a word with two or more syllables instead of one. However, nothing can stop you from using just 'găng' :)
Please also keep in mind that 'găng' and 'găng tay' are of Northern dialects. In the South, people use 'bao tay' instead. Never use just 'bao' for 'glove(s)' because 'bao' means 'bag', 'pack', 'packet', 'sack', etc.
glove(s) - găng, găng tay (Northern dialects)
glove(s) - bao tay (Southern dialects)
The "n"sound following "một" is not a mistake. It is common in Northern dialect and in songs. However, I cannot find the rule when that sound is made and when not. It was not made with "một bé gái". It seems to be dependent on the following. Help please.
Why does the audio sound like the first word một has 2 syllables? This is very confusing for me