I have been learning German for a little while now and my pronunciation is still horrid. I just recently noticed though that it may be worse than I have imagined. I may have been pronouncing der and possible all other er s at the end of words incorrectly.
For der, I pronounce it day + uh, but I have also heard it pronounced in a few other ways as well, including what sounds like dier or, in my non-IPA terms, dee from deer plus uh. Then when it comes to the er at the end of words, at times it sounds like an uh to me and at other times an ah. However, when it comes to the word er itself, it sounds like ay from day plus uh. Which pronunciation is standard for der, er (the word) and the er at the end of words?
I should probably quit using Forvo, because it leads to so much confusion and me using weird pronunciations due to the regional accents and mix of overly slow/normal pronunciation.