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"De kinderen eten fruit."

Translation:The children eat fruit.

July 21, 2014



Why isn't "The children are eating fruits." accepted as an answer?


In English, as in Dutch, “fruit” is always singular, except when referring to multiple kinds of fruit specifically.


Agree, it should be also accepted.


Sounds to me like she's saying /fraʊt/, but shouldn't it be more like /frœyt/?


I\'d say more like /frəut/ than /fraut/, but yes, I was expecting something more like /frœyt/.


it is pronounced this way because of the group of vowels "ui" that sound like something between ou and eu


is the r similar in english or german's? it is close to like russian/ spanish's r


It's supposed to be rolled, like in German.


This isn't helping, since German has lots of different r's. Is it like French or Spanish?


More like French, at least how Duo does it. This could be because in Belgium they speak French and a form of Dutch called Flemish.


The used voice is definitely not Flemish. A rolling r is supposed to be made by the tip of the tongue vibrating rapidly due to the airflow. A French r in contrast, is a guttoral sound made with the back of the tongue, and sounds significantly different. The proper way to say an r in Dutch is to use the rolling r, but that's difficult to learn if you haven't been doing it from childhood. In that case, the French r is a good enough substitute; in fact, in Ghent the French r is native to the dialect and used by most people.

The British sound that is used for the letter r and which is made with the tongue against the top of the mouth and which is almost a vowel is definitely not the right sound though


There are several ways the r can be pronounced in Dutch depending on the region: https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uitspraak_van_de_r_in_het_Nederlands

Hencethere is no "proper way" to pronounce the r in Dutch.


It may sound strange, but it reminds me of posh English (dialectically).


Is it just me or the R letter is indeed vibrated that way?


The r is supposed to be rolled, not as much as the TTS does it, but close to it.


wow thats a big r roll, and it is like, impossible for me to do that


The R in the dutch language is very similar to how it is pronounced in Scotland. I'm Scottish so easy for me.


But I thought it was het kinderen?


Het kind singular De kinderen plural

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