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Apfel versus Äpfel

I understand that Apfel is singular while Äpfel is plural. I can tell the difference between the two when reading, but I have a hard time distinguishing the two when hearing them. Is there a noticeable difference in the two pronunciations that I need to work on hearing, or is context the only clue when having a conversation?

July 3, 2012

3 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/vivace160

"A" makes an "ah" sound, while "Ä" makes more of an "eh" sound. So Apfel should sound like Ahpfel, and Äpfel should sound like Ehpfel.

July 3, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/christian

The computer voice can be quite misleading. You might want to listen to some real audio recordings. http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Apfel http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%C3%84pfel

July 3, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Jack.Elliot

Cheers Christian I think I will do that... I have been doing the French lessons and the pronpunciations are so very different to what they expect so I will strongly agree with you that the computer voice can really be misleading ....... but it does make me smile because when the lesson question later repeats I write out what they expect and have the voice go over again and again to see the similarity and it just makes me smile

July 3, 2012
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