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Every sentence is dedicated
to just one vowel sound. All vowels in the first sentence sound like aa. All vowels
in the second sound like ee, and so on.
Click on a sound file to hear the vowel that belongs to a certain row, pronounced in an
The 13th sentence is an exception,
because that sentence contains two different sounds (u and the softest e) that are not exactly the same.
Some vowels sound a little different when they are followed by an r.
Listen to the sound files to hear the (small) difference.
The next five sentences show the vowels a, e, i, o, and u.
One sentence in this chapter has two different (vowel) sounds. This is the
one. When you do not stress the
words (which is normal) the difference is hardly audible. The pronunciation of e in this
sentence is very different from the pronunciation of e in Venlo.
|Ze kunnen de bussen vullen. - The can fill the drums (or cans, or busses).||u||Putten
The vowels ei and ij are pronounced the same.
|Kijk, zijn zeil lijkt klein. - Look, his sail seems to be small.||ei, ij||IJsselstein
|Doe goed. - Do good.||oe||Roermond
|Sluit tuinkruid uit. - Exclude garden herbs.||ui||Sluis
|Wou jouw vrouw saus? - Did you wife want sauce?||ou, au||Baarle-Nassau|
There is a small difference between the eu followed by an r, and
eu followed by another letter. Therefore we have two eu examples here.
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