Though everyone tells me that everything I say in Estonian is well understandable, I still felt so that my pronounciation is not clear.
Since in Hungarian we have only one kind of short "e"-like sound, and it doesn't correspond to neither Estonian E, nor Estonian Ä, it is hard for me to pronounce them right.
We have another sound, "É" which is told to be the same as Estonian "EE", but when Estonians read a Hungarian word which contains É, it sounds false.
In theory, I heard several times something about the way how to make both sounds, and I try to make a difference between Estonian E and Ä, but today I practiced it with a friend of mine and now it revealed that I rarely manage to find the right way.
Please, could someone explain me how to pronounce E and how to pronounce Ä very detailed? Or if you know a drawing or pictures about how the tongue should stand. The more, the better. Thank you!
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Jurgen Wullenwever wrote:I have not heard so much of Estonian, but my impression is that the ä is stable in its pronunciation [æ], while the e shifts between [e], [ɛ] and [æ] in different circumstances. Is this correct or have I misinterpreted the data?
Loiks wrote:Jurgen Wullenwever wrote:I have not heard so much of Estonian, but my impression is that the ä is stable in its pronunciation [æ], while the e shifts between [e], [ɛ] and [æ] in different circumstances. Is this correct or have I misinterpreted the data?
You are probably right. In "language of girls and gays" you would say 'Tere!' ['teræ:]. And there can be some traces of vowel harmony like in 'lähen' ['læhæn] or 'vähe' ['væhæ] but it's strictly in spoken language or dialectical and not tolerated in standard. If you read news on TV or radio or act in theatre, you have to pronounce [e]. And it has changed. If I hear recordings from 1930's to my ear this e is more closed than in nowadays. It was then like German e, it has kind of opened up since then.
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