Can You Say This Correctly? – 1: Arla Biologische Volle Melk – Long and Short Klinkers Posted by Sten on Jan 31, 2016 in Dutch Language
One of the hardest things about learning Dutch is pronunciation. Whether it is about the ui-klank (the “ui” sound), the G-klank (the “G” sound) or other sounds you might have a hard time with. This series, called “Can You Say This Correctly?”, is about providing a speech example that I recorded. I will give the Dutch text, a translation, and I will add one comment or more for parts that you have to heed for pronunciation. If there are any sounds that you would like to see a post about, let me know in the comments!
Part 1 is a small text from a pack of milk – Arla Biologische Volle Melk. I will explain a great and easy-to-follow rule for the pronunciation of long and short klinkers today.
OTHER PARTS OF THE SERIES
Wat is biologische volle melk?
Deze volle melk is puur biologisch. Omdat onze koeien de ruimte krijgen. In hun stallen én in de buitenlucht. Waar ze mals gras grazen. In weilanden met hier en daar een lekkere bloem.
En die volle, romige melk staat nu, zonder gedoe bij jou op tafel.
100% (honderd procent) natuurlijk. Zonder kunstmatige toevoegingen. Dus puur van de koe zonder gedoe. En dat proef je!
What is organic whole milk?
This whole milk is wholly organic. Because our cows have space. In their stables and in the outside air. Where they graze tender gras. In pastures with here and there a tasty flower.
And that full, creamy milk is now without ado on your table.
100% (a hundred percent) natural. Without artificial additives. So purely from the cow without ado. And that, you can taste!
volle, gras grazen
The text provides great examples for when to pronounce a short klinker (vowel) and a long klinker.
Volle has a short “o” because it is followed by two medeklinkers – then the klinker before is always short!
Gras has a short “a” because after the medeklinker (consonant) s, the word ends – then the klinker before is always short!
Grazen has a long “aa” because after the medeklinker z, there is another klinker – then the klinker before is always long!
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