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vegetariano pronunciation

is the pronunciation of "vegetariano" (vegetarJano etc) a regional dialect or is there some rule to tip me off that the "ia" is pronounced hard J?

August 19, 2013

3 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/BonnieWebb

I was wondering about that too. I think it's a dialect. At least, I don't remember anything about that pronunciation from my school days. I could be wrong though.

August 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Ladron

Yup, they use some odd dialects. Just had "bebo" pronounced bevo with a hard "v" rather than the b/v intermediate sound which is more widespread. That would be good with a pop-up e.g. "this is common in Argentina" or similar. Without it, it is very confusing as I don't think they are being consistent with any one dialect.

August 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Kandosii

This is suddenly becoming an issue once again, or at least I never heard it before. The female voice is pronouncing it with a hard J, and the male voice is not. Given that DuoLingo does not attempt to teach its users about the differences between dialects, a standard really should be set, otherwise learners are going to end up sounding totally bizarre to native speakers.

January 9, 2018
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