I am trying to learn proper pronunciation and so far it is not problematic however since most is very consistent (at least for now), but I have a problem differentiating between the
[i:] (long i) and
[e:] (long e).
mehr* In both situations I hear the long i. Same with
mehr.Are they supposed to sound the same, or am I hearing them as the same when in fact they are not?
ich gäbe.In the first I hear
g[i:]be,and in second I hear
Then there are words such as
Ideewhere I can clearly hear the difference. In other words the
eepart actually sounds to me like a long
erather than the long
i, which is what I hear.
Also with Google Translate,
mehr on its own sounds to me like
m[i:]hr, while when used with another word like in
ihr mehr, I can hear the difference between the two words with Google Translate’s
Listen option. In other words
mehr sounds different when alone and when with
ihr when I push the
Listen button in Google Translate.
Even more precisely, the words
mehr sound differently with Google Translate in these two examples:
den mehr (d[i:]n m[:i]hr) and
den ihr mehr (d[i:]n [i:]r m[:e]hr). Am I hearing this correctly? If I am, then: Why do they sound different and how can I know when to pronounce them differently?
Finally (also in Google Translate) for
ihr Beeren the
ihr and the
Beeren sounds the same to me. Is it the same sound?
So, the biggest problem I have with this is the lack of consistency concerning the
[e:] (long e) and where should I pronounce it as
[i:] (long i) (as with
Is there any guide on the specifics of this, when should I use
[i:] (long i) and
[e:] (long e) sounds when it comes the words that contain a long
To add just one more. On this page one of the examples for the
long e is
Beet which I hear like
B[i:]t. It is very confusing to me.
I apologize for not being able to better outline what is the problem for me here. Since it basically boils down to the fact that I am hearing different sounds for the same for the same words depending whether I hear them alone of with another word that uses the long e, and I am not sure if I am not hearing it correctly or is there some pronunciation rule I don’t know about.