Nyílt és zárt ‘e’ a magyar nyelvben

Nyílt és zárt ‘e’ a magyar nyelvben
(Two sounds for the vowel ‘e’ in Hungarian)

There are 3 forms of pronounciation of the vowel ‘e’ in Hungarian, 3 sounds:::
..one is the ‘e’ (pronounced as ä)
..the other is ‘e’ (or some would write it as ë)
..and the third is ‘é’, which has its own vowel.

The e [ä] is pronounced with a mouth more opened (nyílt), like the ‘e’ in this Hungarian word.
The e [ë] is pronounced with a mouth less opened (zárt), like the ‘e’ in this Finnish word.

Half of the Hungarian dialects (including mine – Palóc) distinguishes the pronounciation of the two sounds of the vowel ‘e’. Those five out of the ten Hungarian dialects have preserved that archaic distinctive pronounciation of the vowel ‘e’. It means that they have two different pronounciations of ‘e’, but what you mainly hear on TV and in and around Budapest is only one ‘e’ [pronounced as::: ä]..

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Too bad we do not distinguish the two ‘e’ sounds in writing in Hungarian. 😦

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Most of the Hungarian dialects pronounces ‘é’ as it should be pronounced, but some people pronounce it as ‘í’. Also foreigners, mainly Slavonic people, tend to pronounce ‘é’ as ‘í’ or simply as a long ‘ä’ (ää), though ‘é’ is not pronounced as ‘í’, nor as a long ‘ä’ and neither as a long ‘e’. It has its own sound. Take a listen to it in this example.


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