English speaking babies and children do not learn the alphabet and sounds first. The listen and learn as we do here by trial and error.After doing it it wrong a few times and being shown the correct answer you begin to get the sounds and meanings....................Duolingo is a great method of learning languages. Not perfect but free and easier than many methods. And it is fun.
the word een is strange, because i believe it should be spoken like the letter "A" in english or "hey" with an "n", so, "heyn", but i see some saying it like the english word "an".
so, it's hard to learn, when even the dutch people saying in different ways, this seems like a rogue language, free will to everyone, no rules for us, lol.
From what i've learn, double E in dutch should have the sound of "hey" in english. am i wrong?
Your link to een beetje is fine. And for the link to een actually één (one) is pronounced (and the Flemish one is in dialect, so you should ignore that one if you want to learn standard Dutch or even if you want to learn a more general Flemish dialect).
I think the pronunciation of een is an exception (it sounds like the Dutch u, and somewhat like English an). Eén (one) is pronounced the way a double ee usually is pronounced. This indeed is close to English hey.
PS I don't think English native speakers have the right to complain about spelling versus pronunciation, English is way worse than any other language I know in that respect. ;)
I'm not native english, but english feels right to me, comes natural, maybe due to tv/games exposure, in the other end, dutch seems like a language from hell :), tons of exceptions, a word having a tons of meanings, like op, maar, etc. the G sound being an R like spanish, but if it is like koning then dutch people say you don't pronounce it, but i clearly ear a G (normal) sound, lol, but i know what you mean, i also used to say to my wife "oh english is so basic, there's nothing like this irregularities like dutch", but if i start to think of it, it has, but like i said, they are natural, so, i'll guess it will be the same with dutch, when i devote myself to properly learn it.
"hey'' might be the west flemish pronunciation, a notoriously difficult to understand dialect.
But in standard dutch ''één'' (''one'') is pronounced as the letter "A" followed by an "n". The indefinite article ''een'' is pronounced as ''un'' (which sounds a bit similar to the english ''an'' perhaps) . In other words like ''geen'', ''been'', ''deen" and ''veen'' ''een'' is pronounced as ''één''.
I hope this clears it up :)
You have mistakes in this version. For example, I made a mistake: Ik ben en man (I am and man), but your program say, that there is no mistake. The same situation was in the previous task with the conjugation of verbs. By mistake, I put conjugated verbs to other pronouns and the program also considered this the correct answer. Why are you teaching with mistakes?
Rigel i would like to say that your explanation was very clear but as a native west flemish person person i disagree with your first comment. In Flemish no 'e' sound EVER sounds like 'hey'. The dutch from the Netherlands however sounds more like that. My husband is also trying to learn dutch and when he uses dutch books from the Netherlands to learn prononciations his accent sounds so different from when using Flemish prononciations