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Are 'er' and 'ihr' pronounced exactly the same?

 

When I listen to my courses German recordings it sounds like 'er' (he) and 'ihr' (you) sound exactly the same. Is this true, or is there a difference I just can't hear yet?

For learning: German
Base language: English
Category: Language

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    I think er and ihr have the same pronunciation as in air and ear respectively.

    No, they don't sound the same. The e in 'er' sounds like the e in the english word 'herald', the i in 'ihr' sounds like the ea in 'eagle'. I'm really astonished that the pronunciation is so indistinct on professional recordings.

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    Completely different.

    The German "e" is pronounced like the "e" in "different".
    The German "i" is pronounced like the "-ea" in "tea".

    er => "e[a]"
    ihr => "i[e]"

    http://www.dict.cc/?s=er
    http://www.dict.cc/?s=ihr

    Nein, ER und IHR spricht man anders aus. Sie können sogar hier "translate.google.com" einen Unterschied hören. ER hört sich fast wie "eah" an, IHR - "ieh". Es ist unmöglich zu schreiben :)

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