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Re: At last, an 'official' (but far from complete) page on Tech

From:Tommie L Powell <tommiepowell@...>
Date:Tuesday, April 20, 2004, 0:15
John Quijada wrote:

> Yeah, Czech r-caron is the sound that defeats me. I had a > Czech native pronounce it for me when I visited Prague several > years ago. Imagine a 'trilled retroflex z-sound.' Very "buzzy." > I can pronounce it in isolation on the 2nd or 3rd try, but not > consistently within a word.
Here's what I hope is a helpful hint. That sound comes in two versions: Voiced (before hard vowels, such as "e") and unvoiced (before soft vowels, such as "i"). In the unvoiced version, you can hear the underlying sound clearly, without all that buzzing. So first practice saying words like "var^i" and, after you are satisfied with that, tackle words like "R^ehor^ek." --Tommie