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Jacob: Hallo ik heet Jacob
Mies: Mies here! Welcome back to DutchPod101.com. This is Pronunciation Lesson 2, Double Your Fun with Dutch Vowels
Thanks for being here with us for this lesson. Jacob, what are we looking at in this lesson?
Jacob: We will work on the pronunciation of vowel diphthongs.
Mies: Let's start by revisiting the vowels we went through last lesson.
Jacob: The Dutch language has a total of six vowels. "A", "E", "I", "O", "U", "Y"
Mies: But, like in last lesson, we are not going to spend a lot of time on the letter Y
Jacob: Yes, because we see the letter “Y” only in the foreign words used in the Dutch language.
Mies: In this lesson, we will have a look at what we call double vowels, also known as diphthongs.
Jacob: Basically, two vowels put together to make a common sound.
Mies: In most languages, when you do this, the vowel sounds get blended together.
Jacob: In Dutch, though, there are certain double-vowel combinations that don't come out as you might imagine.
Mies: Okay, so how many diphthongs are there?
Jacob: there are nine diphthongs.
Mies: And how are they different from normal vowels?
Jacob: Well, they are pronounced as one sound that sometimes can't be pronounced with one vowel.
Mies: Okay, so enough explanation, let's get to them!
Mies: Okay, the first diphthong is "AI"
Jacob: This is "-A" and "-I" put together to pronounce the sound like the English “I”
Mies: Let's practice with the Dutch word for "corn" ("mais").
Jacob: "mais".
Mies: Yes the “AI” also shows up in many words borrowed from the French language.
Jacob: like «militair»
Mies: Yes, "military" in English
Mies: Next up is "AU” which consists of "-A” and "-U
Jacob: It sound like the “OW” in the English word 'Now'
Mies: Yeah, we just use this diphthong by itself when we are hurt.
Jacob: Au!
Mies: 'Ouch' in English, 'Au' in Dutch.
Jacob: Hopefully the rest of this lesson is not painful!
Mies: (laughs)Well, if you keep paying attention, you should be ok!
Jacob: Right, ok! What is up next?
Mies: “OU” consisting of O and U
Jacob: Yes that one is easy as it has the same sound as our previous diphthong AU.
Mies; let's put it in a word. Jacob, the Dutch for 'old'?
Jacob:… oud
Mies: and the Dutch for 'wood'?
Jacob: Hout.
Mies: Pretty easy right? Let's move on.
Mies: "EI" is a combination of the letters:
Jacob: E and I
Mies: The same “IJ” sound is created by the letters I and J
Jacob: Again, two combinations with the same sound.
Mies: It's not the easiest sound – we don’t really find it in the English language
So the best thing you can do is just listen to Jacob and repeat after him.“Small” in Dutch
Jacob: Klein, klein
Mies: “wine” in Dutch
Jacob: Wijn, wijn
Mies: The next diphthong sound doesn’t exist in English either
Jacob: “EU” ?
Mies: Right the combination of the letters E and U sounds like “eu”
Jacob: Wait a minute! I speak some French.
Mies: Indeed, you have the EU sound in French.
Jacob: Like “beurre” for butter
Mies: Ok, but we are not studying French here so let's give some Dutch examples. Jacob, what is “door” in Dutch?
Jacob: Deur
Mies: and 'smell'?
Jacob: geur
Mies: Last one – “fun”
Jacob: leuk
Mies: ok, with the next diphthong we are back to some more familiar sounds
Jacob: IE combination of I and E
Mies: right, the Dutch I and E combo sounds like the English double EE, so “ant” in Dutch is?
Jacob: Mier
Mies: and another one, "song"
Jacob: Lied
Mies: not too difficult, right?
Mies: This next one isn’t too hard either. The OE, O and E together.
Jacob: OE - Sounds a bit spooky though.
Mies: Right, some spooky words. The verb “have to” in Dutch?
Jacob: moet
Mies: or the word “sweet” in Dutch?
Jacob: zoet
Mies: Now we get to the last one and it a bit of an odd one again. UI, U and I together
Jacob: Okay, so we will just do some more listen and repeat.
Mies: The Dutch for 'house' please:
Jacob: Huis
Mies: The Dutch for 'mouse'
Jacob: Muis
Mies: Ok great! We finished our diphthongs!
Jacob: Any other vowel combos we can make?
Mies: Well, now that you ask for it, yeah actually there are.
Jacob: Bring them on! I like the sound of this.
Mies: Well in Dutch we have triple vowel combinations.
Jacob: Wow! The more the merrier.
Mies: We have AAI, OEI, OOI and EEU
Jacob: Do these vowels also blend together into one sound ?
Mies: No, not completely, for example AAI sounds like a combination of AA and IE
Jacob: like “lawaai”, noisy
Mies: Correct!
Jacob: How about OEI
Mies: this will sound like a combo of OE and IE
Jacob: Doei
Mies: great example! “Doei” is a very casual greeting in Dutch
Jacob: and OOI?
Mies: Again, a combination of “oo” and “ie”, let's say 'beautiful'
Jacob: Mooi
Mies: The last one EEU is a combo of the sounds EE and OE
Jacob: EEU!
Mies: Lets say 'lion' in Dutch
Jacob: Leeuw
Mies: Very good!
Jacob: That just about does it for this lesson.
Mies: But, before we go, we want to tell you about a way to drastically improve your pronunciation.
Jacob: The voice-recording tool...
Mies: Yes, the voice-recording tool in the premium learning center...
Jacob: Record your voice with a click of a button,
Mies: and then play it back just as easily.
Jacob: So you record your voice, and then listen to it.
Mies: Compare it to the native speakers...
Jacob: And adjust your pronunciation!
Mies: This will help you improve your pronunciation fast!
Jacob: doei !
Mies: Bye!
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