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Question about Hungarian pronunciation

What is the difference between "o" and "a"; and between "j" and "ly"?

July 1, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/peter.kristof.hu

Here is a good description for pronunciation with sound files:
http://www.hungarianreference.com/Hungarian-alphabet-phonetic-pronunciation.aspx

July 1, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Irusejka

Thank you!

July 1, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Djenthallman

About j and ly: they represent same phoneme /j/ (like y in yellow).

Ly used to represent a different sound, but nowadays it doesn't.

July 1, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Irusejka

Thank you! What about "o" and "a"?

July 1, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/wyqtor
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Hungarian A is like American English au in caught

July 1, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Djenthallman

O — like in force.

A — there's no such sound in English. I'm a learner just as you, so I may be wrong: it is close to a in call but with more rounded lips.

July 1, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Alsweetex

A - there is such a sound in English, and it's very much like the A in "Father". That is to say that it's like when the dentist tells you to say "AH" and not like the A in "Cat".

July 1, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Irusejka

Thank you!

July 1, 2016
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