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Pronounce year, hear, ear <font><font>É muito difícil fazer a diferença nos sons das palavras year, hear, ear....on conversation.</font></font>
Apr 20, 2017 2:04 AM
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Não se preocupe! In conversation, the context will always tell you which word is being used.

There are many words which sound similar in English, even to native speakers, but they're used differently. Here are some sentences:

I'm studying in London for a ............

I can't  ........... the music.

I have a pain in my ........

Did you ........ the news?

My little son is a ........ old.

Isn't it obvious in which sentences have the words 'ear' 'hear' and 'year' in them? Don't worry if they sound similar to you.  Remember - in the real word, we very rarely use words in isolation. There is always some context that will help you.






April 20, 2017

The ye-he- and e- sounds are very distinct, and native English speakers definitely pronounce them differently.

For Fábio's list, I think the problem comes from expecting a "hh-" sound for all the words which have an R. In English, these are completely different sounds. Try closing your eyes and listening to the words on forvo.com. Don't use Google Translate; the speaker pronounces everything in a rush.

April 20, 2017
You try put the following in the Google translate, it's impossible you understand each word.

heat
Heart
hard
hand
hat
rat
red
Head
hear
year
ear
April 20, 2017