"Băiatul are hamsteri și canari."

Translation:The boy has hamsters and canaries.

November 20, 2016

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Is the plural -i ending silent? I can barely hear it in canari and not at all in hamster(i).


It is not silent, but it is a very soft "i". I would compare it to the Russian "ь" after a consonant (which also produces a very soft "i"-like sound).

There should be no difference in pronounciation of the "i" between canari and hamsteri, report it.


Thanks for the fast answer. Perhaps there is no objective difference in the recording and it's just me trying to hear an i. I liked your comparison with Russian.


it is not silent but neither is it voiced, it is just a short exhale of breath. if you hear the i voiced aloud it would mean there is a double i


If it helps, you shouldn't care much about the final "i" and bear in mind that the singular forms take either the definite article "un" or "o".

In English, for example, when we say 'sheep', we won't know whether it is singular or plural until it takes an article as in 'a sheep', or an numeral adjective as in 'three sheep'.

However, when we say 'my sheep' or 'the sheep', we will only know the quantity according to the context.


true, we don't need to worry too much about it when speaking or listening, but when you are writing it needs to be there.

and we know the i's are there because "Băiatul are hamster și canar." is not a correct sentence: either it has to be
"Băiatul are hamsteri și canari." or it is
"Băiatul are un hamster și un canar."

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