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"Één sinaasappel"

Translation:One orange

July 22, 2014



Are the accents on "één" to signify that it means "one orange" and not "an orange"?


Yep! It also denotes a different pronunciation.


Can you explain what the difference is? In the audio sample here, it just sounds like één has a long Dutch 'e'. Generally, doubled vowels in Dutch are long, so is een not also pronounced with a long 'e'?


I'm not a native Dutch speaker, but I can explain from what I hear. When it is just "een" with out the stress marks, one would pronounce it more like "un".


Thanks. Is that based on the pronunciation here or what you've heard from Dutch speakers? I ask because I've read comments by other people saying that the way "een" is currently pronounced by the Duolingo voice is incorrect.


This is a bit late, but I did ask, and yeah, my friend confirmed that I was mostly right with the pronunciation I gave, but he also said that colloquially, you may hear één be pronounced more like "een".


Mainly from Dutch speakers, but then again, I only hear one talk frequently. Let me actually ask him tonight and I'll try to get back with you on that.


Thanks for your further comments! I also decided to try looking it up on this very useful pronunciation guide, which seems to agree with you:

the indefinite article een ('a') is pronounced with voiceless E. It's also written as " 'n " which shows the pronunciation correctly.

That page also has audio samples of both een and één, which can be found by searching for or scrolling down to "E-long".

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    Yes indeed :)


    The first time you introduce a word like één it would be helpful to ensure that the example also contains een to make it easy to compare the pronounciations. Just a thought.


    Do you guys write out the accents, or is it optional?

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