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"Een man en een jongen"

Translation:A man and a boy

July 17, 2014

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While this is still in beta testing stages, I really think there needs to be some more enunciation between words. "Een" and "en" sound almost exactly alike. To avoid frustration and confusion, I highly recommend using a voice program (or person recording the words) that has better clarity in the words.


As mentioned in the welcome topic we posted, this is an older version of the text-to-speech program we thought we were getting. This is some technical incompatibility. This means there is currently no better program available; we are fully aware of the problems with it, but it's just the best we can get right now. It will most likely be improved in the future.


How about user contributed voice recordings? So that native speakers could upload voice recordings


While that might work and could be fun, one should be careful of having like 200 people contributing each with their our dialect or tone of voice. Some standardization is nice.


Is there any difference in pronounciation between "en" and "een"?


Yes there is a difference. The "ee" in "een" is /ən/ in IPA, and the "e" in "en" is /ɛn/ in IPA, pronounced more like "eh".


Wohoo, IPA :) Everyone who likes languages should learn IPA!


The international phonetic alphabet. A standard way of describing the sounds of language without saying dopey things like "that sound is very gutteral"



Indeed! It's like an universal key!


I'm still a bit confused. The first example of een sounds a bit like "uhn" but the third one, labeled Netherlands, sounds more like "ayn".


Native Dutch speaker here. To me both cases of een in the voice sound identical, as they should. Een sounds like uhn, as you say.

FYI en sounds like the en part in English when.


Thanks for the description! "uhn" really helped me capture the subtle difference between the two words :)


yes there actually isa difference. I wish I could explain this but no letter in english sounds like it. But if you keep going on this course you will find the difference


It says 'Een man en jongen'. I played it ten times and could be no een.


Dutch-speaking native here, it does say 'een', but very fast. You wouldn't say it that fast irl


it is too difficult for me to pronounce Dutch =)) but i really love learning languages =)) please help me with the pronunciation of "jongen" thank you very much! ^^


The "j" is like an English "y". "o" is "o". "ng" is mostly nasal, as in "tring, tring". "e" is a small, neutral vowel, as the "e" in "tiger". "n" is slight and unemphasized.

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    I was pronouncing it like how old country people say little boy youngion or something i don't know how to spell it


    So as it turns out, Dutch is a lot like Deutsch. Why is that? Did the Dutch take some from the Germans, or did the Germans take some from the Dutch? Or were they once together, but split because they could not agree on how to say the words?


    Dutch and German are both Germanic languages that descended from an earlier proto-Germanic language. Rather than one being a dialect of the other you might think of them as cousins who share ancestor. Hope this answers your questions :)


    Een at the start and een mid sentence appears to be pronounced differently. Is this intentional?


    Sometimes een means 1 and is pronounced like you say 1 in dutch, when it just means a/an we pronounce like un

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