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is there any pronounciation difference between 'a' and 'e' in persian? i really can't distinguish between the two sounds. ye doneeyaa tashakoram! :D

For learning: Persian (Farsi)
Base language: English
Category: Language



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    there is really big difference,
    a ( َا ) e ( اِ )

    اِستخر اِستفاده اِشتیاق
    اَسب اَشک اَبر اَلماس
    there are some words that you can use them with ''e ( ِ- )'' or ''ساکن''
    like: asman , aseman ___ sakhtman , sakhteman
    but there, you can't use ''doneya'' ___ ''donya'' it's the correct one.

    Tashakor is noun, when you say ''tashakoram'' it means '' I am thank you'' :)
    should say: tashakor mikonam OR moteshakeram.

    Try to pronounce the two separate syllables in the word Persian. 'Per' rhymes with stir. The 'er' sound is the same as the 'ir' in bird. In 'sian' the vowels are not pronounced. Have you heard of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)? It is a set of characters which represents all of the sounds used in various languages. This is really useful for English pronunciation because letters can have different sounds in different words.

    In IPA, we would write Persian as /ˈpɜːʒn/

    The word has four sounds p (as in picture) ɜː (the ir sound in bird) ʒ (which sounds similar to a j and is the sound in Asia or treasure or pleasure) and n (as in new). Put those four sounds together and you pronounce Persian.

    I hope this helps :)

    if it's easier, I can explain it like this:

    You can detect " a " sound in English words like" fan, man, can, tan , etc. " so in Farsi it's the same, in words like " mard ( مَرد ) , fard ( فَرد ), dard ( دَرد ) etc. "

    And you can detect " e " sound in words like this " very, hey, etc. " even in the words you said! " ye "
    in Farsi these could be detected in words like " yek ( یِک ), del ( دِل ) etc. "

    If you find these kind of short words, you may understand the difference between them :)

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