Common mistakes made by beginner Hungarian learners II (pronounciation)

PRONOUNCIATION

  1. It’s important to pronounce the vowels with comma accent (Á, É, Í, Ó, Ő, Ú, Ű) longer than those without it
  2. It’s important that in case of A-Á and E-É not only the length is the difference, they are also pronounced different way. E (without accent) is pronounced just like the English E in let, get, met, while É (with accent) is pronounced just like the English A in take, make, lake, fake.
    In case of A and Á we have to mention that Á (with accent) is the sound which equals to the A sound of most of the languages, while A (without accent) is pronounced a bit differently. Only Swedish language has this sound apart from Hungarian. It’s somewhere between Á and O.
  3. maybe it’s confusing but in Hungarian S is pronounced as SH and SZ is pronounced as S (just oppositely as in Polish)
  4. In Hungarian when two vowels follow each other, both of them have to be pronounced, which is usually hard for Slavic speakers, especially for Serbians
  5. Hungarian learners sometimes pronounce Ö or Ő just as O or Ó, and pronounce Ü or Ű just as U or Ú. The reason is the lack of these sound in native languages. The first step to improve this can be to consider that Ö is pronounced just like the English U in burn, turn, the English I in flirt.
  6. Double consonants have to be pronounced longer than the single consonants. e.g. ás, áss

see: Common mistakes made by beginner Hungarian learners I (grammar)
see: Pronounciation of the letters

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