More practice on special sounds



I selected these short words based on one or two sounds that I think very Hungarian and might cause problem to English-speaking people.
Vowels are often put to pairs based on similar tone. In the following pairs the first sound is unstressed, the second is stressed:
i, í o, ó ö, ő u, ú ü, ű
in the following two pairs the sounds themselves are slightly different:
a, á e, é
fürdő [bath]kendő [kerchief]ernyő [unbrella]
zöld [green]tök [squash]örök [ever]
híres [famous]írt [cut out]sírni [cry]
határ [border]kabát [coat]barát [friend]
ebéd [lunch]elég [enough]kevés [not enough]
bor [skin]erdő [forest]tető [roof]
gyűrű [ring]gyűjt [collect]gyümölcs [fruit]
The following words are selected because at least one of their consonant is hard to pronount. Special sounds are: cs, ty, zs, ny. Also, r is always stressed, similar to the Spanish r.
búcsú [good-bye]kulcs [key]roncs [wreck]
bátya [brother]kesztyű [glove] Pityu [Steve]
Zsolt [a name]rúzs [rouge] zsír [fat]
nyak [neck] nyelv [tounge]nyúl [rabbit]
szál [thread] ősz[fall]szék [chair]
gyár [factory] Győr gyöngy [pearl]

Download the file of the first part and the second part . Try to pronount first, however and than check yourself with the sound file.
For consonants, if it stressed than we double it in writing and vica versa. For example fenn [above], lenn [below], Hanna. For ny, sz, zs etc. we double just the first letter in writing. For example hosszú [long], mennyi [how many].
I hope you understand now that Hungarian sounds always have the same pronounciation. Once you practiced these sounds, perheps you don't even need sound file for the following lessons. Just turn back to the alphabet file if you are unsure in any word.