I have recently started learning German, and I am facing a great deal of pain in pronouncing 'e'. I am not a native English speaker, but I am speaking it since I can remember. So while learning German some pronunciation becomes very difficult.
In English, we don't distinguish the various sound of 'e', like 'e' in elephant ([e]) or 'e' in eat ([i]). In my native language, we don't have [e]. Pronouncing becomes more difficult when uvular fricative [r] joins in, like the word 'geradeaus'. Whenever I pronounce it, the sound 2nd [e] is suppressed by [a], and I find it hard to distinguish between the 2 sounds. Is there any way to understand this better? I understand that it will take some practice, but any advice on how I can improve my understanding?