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I need help from native Dutch speakers

Hello everyone! In Dutch, the letter 'v' is pronounced v or as 'f'? For instance, I thought the word vrijdag is pronounced vrejdah, but turns out I was wrong.

2 years ago

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Native speaker here:

It depends what you see (or actually: hear) as a 'v' sound. It can differ per language.

But generally Dutch pronouncation depends on the region, personal preference, how you grew up, media exposure etc. Some pronounce it more like 'f', some more like 'v' (from a Dutch point of view)

Just pronounce 'v' as 'v', that's the best answer I can give.

Here's the alphabet song, it might be for very small children, but it will help with identifying the correct 'v' sound. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2sYp6o5v9I

2 years ago

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I'd assume it would be similar to German, as Germans pronounce the 'v' as 'f'. Don't take my word for that, though.

2 years ago

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Thing is, I don't know any German. :/ Thank you, anyways.

2 years ago

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German and Dutch are very similar, though. I'd guess that pronunciation is very similar aswell.

2 years ago

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Nah, not really. We pronounce 'sch' very differently. (among other sounds)

PS: Don't pronounce the Dutch 'sch' like the German one. (just a general tip)

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V is always as v , maybe except in dialects. ij sounds like e in eggs g like the ch in charisma I'm native Dutch and didn' have problems with the word recognition.

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Yeah, I've watched some videos on YouTube in which some people spelled the same word differently.

2 years ago

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Native here: the V has a more soft pronunciation, while the F is more loud and harsh. I thought about it a little longer how to explain it better: the F in 'fiets' is like the English f is fish. The v in the word 'vis' is more pronounced as 'vhis', so softer and a little longer.

2 years ago

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Which is the 'official' Dutch pronunciation, the standard way?

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Dutch Wikipedia:

The letter "v" has a big agreement with the letter "f". The pronunciation is determined by the neighbouring sounds.

(But for the two words 'vee' , 'fee' is the difference only in the pronunciationof the v/f.)

Dutch pronunciation exercise: the letters V, W and F :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTfbki0bQVU


De letter "v" kent in het Nederlands tegenwoordig grote overeenkomsten met de letter "f", maar wordt minder scherp uitgesproken. Nederlands taal- en letterkundige Balthazar Huydecoper merkte in 1730 in Proeve van Taal- en Dichtkunde op dat de zachtheid of scherpte wordt bepaald door naburige klanken. Wanneer een "v" op een "t" volgt wordt de letter vanzelf wat scherper uitgesproken, wat echter nog niet wil zeggen dat deze net zo scherp is als een "f". Hij meent dat de mensen die in ontvangen de "v" net zo scherp uitspreken als de "f" in ontfermen en in ontfutselen, deze niet op de juiste manier uitspreken.[1] De Duitse "v" spreekt men in het Nederlands wel uit als een "f".[2]

2 years ago
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