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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/annirychtera

"Ho un libro."

January 1, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/annirychtera

sounds like ha to me!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pulce.flo

if you hear it slower you can hear the "ho" :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gewa

Still 'ha' to me


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/siebolt

In general the Italian pronunciation sports a very open "a" In this case I would not have confused the "ho" for "ha"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KateGreatest

I, too, heard ha. Tuning the ear is part of the learning I guess.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/macr0s

To those who find it hard to distinguish "ho" and "ha", google the "Father–bother merger" for more info.

Basically north american English doesn't have a short "o" vowel sound, which is used for the Italian "o" vowel. You'll need to practice saying it, because it's a sound you've probably never used in spoken speech before.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jingle819

I also thought it was ha.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jeanette525

Do you pronounce the h?

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