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).
Vier and mehr: In both situations I hear the long i. Same with ihr and mehr. Are they supposed to sound the same, or am I hearing them as the same when in fact they are not?
Ich gebe and ich gäbe. In the first I hear g[i:]be, and in second I hear g[e:]be.
Then there are words such as Idee where I can clearly hear the difference. In other words the ee part actually sounds to me like a long e rather 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 den and 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 i in ihr and the ee in 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 long i [i:] (as with mehr).
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 e like mehr and Idee?
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.