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Jacob: Ik heet Jacob. I’m Jacob.
Mies: Mies here! Welcome to DutchPod101.com's Pronunciation Series. This is lesson 5, Pronouncing The Dutch Alphabet.
What is our focus of this lesson, Jacob ?
Jacob: ...in this lesson, we will talk about the Dutch alphabet
Mies: Yes, often people start with learning the alphabet, but we figured a toddler learns how to speak first, and then studies the alphabet.
Jacob: I remember that, yes.
Mies: So yeah.. we figured you have been with us for a while, so it's time for the alphabet!
Jacob: Yes, it is very useful when you know how to pronounce the alphabet letters.
Mies: You will be often asked to spell your name.
Jacob: Yes, or if you want to learn a new word and someone tells you how to write it down.
Mies: No doubt we should study this.
Jacob: There is gonna be quite a bit of listen and repeat in this lesson…
Mies: I'm up for that, how about you?
Jacob: Sure, let's do it!
Mies: Let's start with the vowels. They can be a bit confusing if you are thinking of English spelling, let's just say them quickly once first. I will say English, and you will say the Dutch Jacob.
Mies: A (English)
Jacob: A (Dutch)
Mies: E (English)
Jacob: E (Dutch)
Mies: I (English)
Jacob: I (Dutch)
Mies: O (English)
Jacob: O (Dutch)
Mies: U (English)
Jacob: U (Dutch)
Mies: So yes the A, E, I can be confusing because in Dutch it is
Jacob: A-E-I
Mies: Yes, this is just a matter of remembering and trying to think in Dutch when you are spelling. Sometimes I really feel I have different brains: an English one and a Dutch one and I just have to switch over.
Jacob: Haha I see. How do all those brains fit into that little head of yours?!
Mies: Very funny…ok lets move to some consonants. B, C, D, G, J, P,T, V in Dutch would be:
Jacob: B-C-D-G-J-P-T-V
Mies: right so you just have to replace the ‘EE” sound with an “ ay” sound. Once more please.
Jacob: B-C-D-G-J-P-T-V
Mies: Not too hard, right?
Jacob: No, I'm with you.
Mies : Okay, next are F, L,M,N,R,S and note there will be only one letter that is different. Jacob?
Jacob: F-L-M-N-R-S
Mies: Did you notice which one was different?
Jacob: No, sorry I didn’t pick up on that one.
Mies: Okay, I will say the English one and you will say the Dutch. 'F'
Jacob: F
Mies: 'L'
Jacob: L
Mies: 'M'
Jacob: M
Mies: 'N'
Jacob: N
Mies: 'R'
Jacob: R…….. Ah now I see. AR and ER
Mies: We are making a lot of progress here! Let's have a look at the letters H and K
Jacob: H-K
Mies: Yes there is a long AA sound after the letter. Once again:
Jacob: H-K
Mies : Okay, now I am gonna single out some letters. The letter Q
Jacob: Q
Mies: yes we just leave out the Y sound that you hear in English
Jacob: Q
Mies: The W
Jacob: W
Mies: so the W is different from English. It sounds like you are giving directions.
Jacob: You have to go that way!
Mies : The letter Y
Jacob: I just realized that sounds like you are asking a question Y
Mies: Well I am asking you to say it in Dutch!
Jacob: Y
Mies: Now let's get to a letter we hardly ever see in Dutch, the X
Jacob: X
Mies: So the sound changes from “e” to “i”
Jacob: X
Mies: And that brings us to the last letter, which is a present for you: the letter Z
Jacob: Z
Mies: Yeah the same as in British-English!
Jacob: Wow that went pretty fast.
Mies: Yeah and just like in English, some of the letters may sound similar when you say them.
Jacob: Like M and N?
Mies: Indeed it can be hard to distinguish the difference.
Jacob. Any advice here, teacher Mies?
Mies: Sure! When you spell, use a place or country name everyone knows the spelling of.
Jacob: Yes, like the M from Moscow
Mies : Or the N from Nederland
Jacob: yes that is how we say The Netherlands in Dutch.
Mies: Let's practice spelling some names… if you spell mine I will spell yours.
Jacob: Okay, I am up for that.
Mies: Lets see Jacob ( English) Jacob ( Dutch) J-A-C-O-B
Jacob: Great, you know how to spell my name. Let me try yours. Mies M-I-E-S
Mies: Very good, now just keep practicing!
Jacob: Okay, that just about does it for this lesson.
Mies: I hope you enjoyed it and didn't suffer too much brain damage.
Jacob: Remember, practice makes perfect.
Mies: Good luck!
Mies: Don't forget that you can leave us a comment on this lesson.
Jacob: So if you have a question or some feedback, please leave us comment!
Mies: It's very easy to do. Just stop by DutchPod101.com,
Jacob: click on comments,
Mies: Enter your comment and name,
Jacob: and that's it.
Mies: No excuses. We're looking forward to hearing from you!
Jacob: Doei!
Mies: Bye!