https://www.duolingo.com/CrisPortTeacher

Pronunciation: "Er" vs "Ihr"

Alo! I find it hard to recognise when it is one or the other being spoken by the duolingo lady lol Any hints on this? I hear both pronouns sound somewhat like 'ee-ah'

December 27, 2014

10 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Raisinnoir

"ER" sounds like the English word AIR while "IHR" sounds like the word EAR.

December 27, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/CrisPortTeacher

That was what I was thinking when mentally speaking these 2 words... But having lost some 'hearts' throughout my duolingo listening tasks, I got really muddled up!

December 27, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Fabyru

It's true!!! I hear the same pronunciation.

December 27, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/landsend

I don't know about the Duolingo engine but in general those are quite distinct as you can hear when listening e.g. on http://dict.leo.org

December 27, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/CrisPortTeacher

Oh, thanks for the link!

December 27, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/helenvee

This mispronunciation - both er and ihr sounding the same - has been bugging since I started Duolingo. I did point it out but was told it was fine despite my German speaking brother in law and several other learning sites agreeing with me..

December 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/GregfromOZ

Sometimes (not always) the proceeding verb helps you to tell which one. So "er hat" and "ihr habt" or "er liest" and "ihr lest".

December 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/ookamishi

Yes but too often it is the same pronunciation. er arbeitet - ihr arbeitet / er bringt - ihr bringt / er hebt - ihr hebt / er ruft - ihr ruft etc.

December 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Raisinnoir

Fortunately for me, I know German well enough that I don't confuse these two words. But if you are new to the language this lady does not make it easy for you.The French speaker really confuses me since I am new to that language. At least in German things are spoken the same as they are written.

December 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/edgar.dfptv

I have the same issue, maybe I should turn off the music I'm listening :D

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