"Fourteen children"

Translation:Vierzehn Kinder

December 19, 2017

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How is vierzehn meant to be pronounced? On Forvo, vier sounds like English 'fear':


While vier in vierzehn can sound like 'fear' or 'fur':


I hadn't noticed until the audio in this example used 'fur'.


How is vierzehn meant to be pronounced?

Duden marks it with a German "short i" (as in "Hirte"): https://www.duden.de/rechtschreibung/vierzehn#aussprache

In hyper-correct pronunciation, it might be pronounced with a "long i" as in vier, the way Radioman on Forvo does.

And in casual speech, the vowel may become more or less rounded, perhaps under the influence of the labial f before it, so it might sound like fürzehn with a "short ü" -- the result being similar to the English "fur".

A similar effect occurs with wird, which may sound like würt in casual speech.

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