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Question about Hungarian pronunciation

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

2 years ago

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

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Irusejka
Irusejka
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Thank you!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Djenthallman
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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.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Irusejka
Irusejka
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Thank you! What about "o" and "a"?

2 years ago

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

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Djenthallman
Djenthallman
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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.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Alsweetex
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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".

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Irusejka
Irusejka
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Thank you!

2 years ago