are Hungarian "long" vowels kinda like double vowels in Finnish?

July 5, 2016

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Kinda sorta yes, but not quite.

For o-ó, ö-ő, u-ú, ü-ű, i-í, the only difference in pronunciation is length, and they're pronounced roughly as their Finnish equivalents.

For a-á and e-é, not only length changes, but also the sound.

The a is like British English short o.

The á is like Standard Dutch aa, or Standard Italian, Standard French and Standard Spanish a.

The e is like British English, American English, Standard Dutch ans Standard German short e, or like Standard French è.

The é is like Scottish English ay, Standard French é, Japanese e, or Standard German and Standard Dutch ee.

July 5, 2016
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