Guten Tag, all. I was looking words up on dict.cc just now, and I realized how the two German words Rock and Ruck sound exactly identical – at least to my ears, with headphones on – as I clicked on the Voice Output panel and listened to the audio pronunciation by native German speakers.
I had always thought that the u in Ruck was supposed to pronounced like we would in ruby (English), but on dict.cc, every native speaker of German recorded differently.
Is my hearing playing a trick on me, or are they really pronounced the same? I honestly doubt that the latter would be true, though.