https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DiogoParente

The sounds for "wir" and "wer" are so identical?

In Skill Section "Basic 2" says the sound of "er" (German) is similar to "air" (English) - "er sounds similar to the English word air (imagine a British/RP accent)".

Then, I suppose that the german word "wer" sounds like "v + air" (English).

But in the Words Learned Section, the sound for "wir" and "wer" ar almost the same, but different of "air" (English). The sounds are more similar to "ihr" (German).

Are the sounds correct? Should I suppose and use "wir" and "wer" as the same sound?

January 3, 2018

4 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bduderstadt

Wir should be similar to English v+eer.

Wer should be similar to English v+air.

January 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DiogoParente

So, the recorded sounds in Duolingo are not correct.

Thanks

January 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chaered

I think the vowel is meant to be closer to the one in "gait" than in "get". Cf. [https://forvo.com/word/wer/#de]

January 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MatthiasBe612802

Wir and wer definitely sound different in German. The German wir rhymes with English here and the German wer rhymes with English there so just compare the pronunciations of here and there in English.

January 4, 2018
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