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"Ty jíš sýr?"

Translation:Do you eat cheese?

September 19, 2017



How do you know it is not: Are you eating (the) cheese?


You don't, it can mean both things. You can know it only from context or you can specify by for example adding "teď" (now) to the sentence, so that it is clear that you are asking: Are you eating the cheese now?


Are you eating cheese is also acceptable reply.


The pronunciation of "Ty" sounds incorrect. I even played it slowly; sounds closer to "Teh" than "Tee".


The sound is perfectly correct. It is [tɪ], not [ti:] (that would have been written TÝ if it existed). Check https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Czech_phonology#Vowels or recordings at forvo.com.


Wikipedia not really helpful. Shows "/ɪ/ is spelled i and y" under short vowels. OK, that's not showing how it is pronounced. Further down, shows this "/ɪ/" sound example "litovat" and "vykonat". Seems incorrect from way I was taught--"moc lituju" is not pronounced "mots lehtuju" but "mots leetuju". In German, there are many dialects, Hoch Deutsch vs. Swabian, etc. Is this a distinction between dialects? Let me have a 'listen' at forvo.com--ok, that sounds to me like "tee" with a short hold on the "ee" and not "teh". I understand the distinction between long and short vowels; I don't think that's the issue. Perhaps the issue is my computer's speaker! Just thought of that. Not really high fidelity speakers on my computer.

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