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 Post subject: the "ai" sound
PostPosted: 2007 08 29, 19:23 

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Hello, I'm from the US and am currently learning lithuanian through a teach-yourself book and cd combo. So far it's going well enough, but I am very confused about the "ai" sound. There are times when, on my cd, it is pronounced like long "I", and other times I seem to hear it like long "A", or "ay" (or like a canadian 'eh?')

I have a friend in lithuania and her name is Daiva, and i am certain she pronounced it "DIva", but then on the dialogues on my cd, I hear "labai" pronounced "labay".

Which "ai" sound is correct?


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 Post subject: Both cases are used
PostPosted: 2007 08 29, 21:25 
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Actually both cases of pronunciation are used. One case is when we emphasize the beggining (a) of "ai" (like in Daiva), and the second case is when we emphasize the end (i) of "ai", (like LABAI). I do not know how to define where the certain case is used. For that you gotta learn stressing paradigms, but I think this thing is very hard and it's only for those who are highly experienced in learning lithuanian (min 5 years). There should be marked special signs in dictionaries (lithuanian-lithuanian) of how to pronounce "ai". If there is a sign above "a" character, the "a" is emphasized, if there is tilde above "i" char, then "i" is emphasized. At first it is the best wayout to memorize the pronunciation, later i hope you get a feeling of that.


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