https://www.duolingo.com/garpike

에 'e' and 애 'ae' TTS pronunciations sound identical

The same is true for 예 'ye' and 얘 'yae'; I can literally hear no difference between them whatsoever, even playing them consecutively in quick succession.
I presume they are meant to sound different; could a native speaker please comment on these sounds as pronounced in isolation by the TTS voice in the Korean course? Which one is pronounced correctly? Or am I missing some (to me) inaudible subtlety?

August 26, 2017

6 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/niskigwun

In the most common Korean accent (Seoul), the sounds are so similar that native speakers don't notice the difference. When spelling something out to someone people will say "애, 아이" or "에, 어이". When they are pronounced differently, 애 is longer and has more of an "ah" sound and 에 is shorter with more of an "eh" sound. When writing English words in Korean, 애 will often be used for 'a' and 에 for 'e'. 앤 is Anne and 애플 for Apple for instance.

August 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rebecca622484

They are pronounced the same. Except you pronounce ㅐ with your mouth open slightly wider. They used to be different back in the day but not as much in modern Korean. Just remember the spellings:)

*I think the more you listen to Koreans speak you can hear a little difference :P

August 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike

Thank you for that information. I shall proceed with the assumption that they're exactly the same sound for the time being. The format of some of the questions and the different romanisations misled me into thinking the TTS was somehow at fault.

August 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/OmegaGmaster

They are the same sound. They once did sound different, though, with 애 being pronounced like /æ/.

August 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Arachnje

I am having similar difficulty. Currently most of my correct answers are so because my brain is (visually) mapping the components of a letter in Hangul with their romaji equivalent, but I cannot really tell the audible difference.

August 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/IsakNygren1

I struggled a lot with the alphabet on the Korean alphabet course on Memrise because I couldn't hear the difference between several letters. It doesn't help that I have minor hearing problems. But testing it here on DL is a little bit easier to hear the difference.

August 26, 2017
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