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    Pronunciation of -ете (at end of вы verbs)

    Hi there,

    My first post, so hello to all.

    Please advise how -ете should be pronounced when it occurs in the ending of verbs (in the 2nd person plural). For example "вы знаете". With the stress on the а, then according to my pronuncation guide, this should be "vy zna-it-ye" because the 1st е would reduce to sound like и but the 2nd one wouldn't (because it's at the end of the word). But, when I hear people say this word, it sounds more like "vy zna-yet-ay"... almost like the 1st е doesn't reduce.. and the last one does something very strange and sounds like ай?

    Any help much appreciated.

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    Re: Pronunciation of -ете (at end of вы verbs)

    I'd say that each of "е" can be either reduced to "и" or not. For example, zna-i-ti, zna-i-te, zna-ye-te all are equally acceptable IMHO. (With palatalized "t" of course.) And I don't see the way it can be pronounced like "zna-yet-ay" or smth. like that. No "ай"-s at the end.
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    Re: Pronunciation of -ете (at end of вы verbs)

    Quote Originally Posted by it-ogo
    I'd say that each of "е" can be either reduced to "и" or not. For example, zna-i-ti, zna-i-te, zna-ye-te all are equally acceptable IMHO. (With palatalized "t" of course.) And I don't see the way it can be pronounced like "zna-yet-ay" or smth. like that. No "ай"-s at the end.
    I second each word of that. Can't understand how on Earth you Becksie hear "ay" there. Hi.
    In Russian, all nationalities and their corresponding languages start with a lower-case letter.

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    Re: Pronunciation of -ете (at end of вы verbs)

    Quote Originally Posted by it-ogo
    I'd say that each of "е" can be either reduced to "и" or not. For example, zna-i-ti, zna-i-te, zna-ye-te all are equally acceptable IMHO. (With palatalized "t" of course.) And I don't see the way it can be pronounced like "zna-yet-ay" or smth. like that. No "ай"-s at the end.
    Zna-i-te is correct!

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    Re: Pronunciation of -ете (at end of вы verbs)

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    Quote Originally Posted by "it-ogo":1ex2u430
    I'd say that each of "е" can be either reduced to "и" or not. For example, zna-i-ti, zna-i-te, zna-ye-te all are equally acceptable IMHO. (With palatalized "t" of course.) And I don't see the way it can be pronounced like "zna-yet-ay" or smth. like that. No "ай"-s at the end.
    I second each word of that. Can't understand how on Earth you Becksie hear "ay" there. Hi. [/quote:1ex2u430]

    Presumably he means the "~ay" in "hay".

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    Re: Pronunciation of -ете (at end of вы verbs)

    Quote Originally Posted by scotcher
    Presumably he means the "~ay" in "hay".
    Yes, that's exactly how I understood it. No "ay" there.

    Also, no "ай" (as in "hi").
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    Re: Pronunciation of -ете (at end of вы verbs)

    Quote Originally Posted by Оля
    Quote Originally Posted by scotcher
    Presumably he means the "~ay" in "hay".
    Yes, that's exactly how I understood it. No "ay" there.

    Also, no "ай" (as in "hi").
    I wonder if this is a difference between native- and non-native ears, and becoming accustomed to the sounds. When I started learning Russian I also heard the last syllable in "вы знаете" as "ay" when native speakers said it quickly. Now I don't.
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    Re: Pronunciation of -ете (at end of вы verbs)

    Thanks guys. I'll be sure to pronounce it "zna-it-ye" myself, and hopefully my non-native ears will gradually hear that that's how the locals are saying it too.

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    Re: Pronunciation of -ете (at end of вы verbs)

    Quote Originally Posted by becksie
    Thanks guys. I'll be sure to pronounce it "zna-it-ye" myself, and hopefully my non-native ears will gradually hear that that's how the locals are saying it too.
    There's no [j] sound. It sounds like [зна-и-т'э]

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    Re: Pronunciation of -ете (at end of вы verbs)

    Quote Originally Posted by iriroma
    Quote Originally Posted by becksie
    Thanks guys. I'll be sure to pronounce it "zna-it-ye" myself, and hopefully my non-native ears will gradually hear that that's how the locals are saying it too.
    There's no [j] sound. It sounds like [зна-и-т'э]
    What if you say it slowly?
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    Re: Pronunciation of -ете (at end of вы verbs)

    Quote Originally Posted by iriroma
    Quote Originally Posted by becksie
    Thanks guys. I'll be sure to pronounce it "zna-it-ye" myself, and hopefully my non-native ears will gradually hear that that's how the locals are saying it too.
    I suggest you NOT to pronounce it like "zna-it-ye" because in fact there is not "ye" sound either, and that would be the typical strong English accent. Try to say "ee" there (like in "see"), only make it very short. It's just a short "и". Not "ye". Has nothing to do with "ye". Believe us natives.
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    Re: Pronunciation of -ете (at end of вы verbs)

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    Re: Pronunciation of -ете (at end of вы verbs)

    Кто разбирается, пусть исправит. Мне кажется, дело в диалектах....

    "Зна-и-те" это, конечно, норма (так и в школе пишут при фонетическом разборе слов). Однако я сама из Восточной Сибири и звучание "зна-и-те" кажется лично мне жеманным (особенно если растягивать "и").
    "Зна-и-те" ("зна-и-т'э") прозвучит нормально, только если "и" будет очень беглым (reduced?)
    Если растягивать, так уж лучше "зна-е-те" ("зна-йэ-т'э")
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    Re: Pronunciation of -ете (at end of вы verbs)

    Quote Originally Posted by lae
    Кто разбирается, пусть исправит. Мне кажется, дело в диалектах....

    "Зна-и-те" это, конечно, норма (так и в школе пишут при фонетическом разборе слов). Однако я сама из Восточной Сибири и звучание "зна-и-те" кажется лично мне жеманным (особенно если растягивать "и").
    "Зна-и-те" ("зна-и-т'э") прозвучит нормально, только если "и" будет очень беглым (reduced?)
    Если растягивать, так уж лучше "зна-е-те" ("зна-йэ-т'э")
    Никогда не слышала, чтобы "и" растягивали, как Вы говорите. Этот звук уже беглый в данном примере, тем более, что ударным является "а". Не думаю, что человеку, начинающему изучать какой-либо язык, стоит заучивать все диалекты этого языка - достаточно выучить правильные формы для начала.

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    Re: Pronunciation of -ете (at end of вы verbs)

    Quote Originally Posted by iriroma
    Не думаю, что человеку, начинающему изучать какой-либо язык, стоит заучивать все диалекты этого языка - достаточно выучить правильные формы для начала.

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    Re: Pronunciation of -ете (at end of вы verbs)

    The pronunciation pattern that I found, which seems to most closely resemble what I actually hear is as follows.

    -The vowels а and о are reduced to ə (schwa) when they occur outside of the stressed syllable, unless they occur in the syllable immediately preceding the stressed syllable.
    -The vowels я and е are always reduced to и when they occur outside of the stressed syllable, unless they occur at the end of a word, where they are not reduced because they have to correctly indicate verb tenses and noun cases.

    Based on that rule, I would say знà-и-те. This may or may not sound 100% correct to a native speaker, but I would feel confident that, at the very least, I wouldn't sound like a silly newbie.

    With that said... and with respect to Оля's point above... the te should be considered a shorthand for тьэ. So it's not tye, but more like t'eh.

    Or, at least that's how I understand the pronunciation to work.

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    Re: Pronunciation of -ете (at end of вы verbs)

    Quote Originally Posted by randem
    The pronunciation pattern that I found, which seems to most closely resemble what I actually hear is as follows.

    -The vowels а and о are reduced to ə (schwa) when they occur outside of the stressed syllable, unless they occur in the syllable immediately preceding the stressed syllable.
    -The vowels я and е are always reduced to и when they occur outside of the stressed syllable, unless they occur at the end of a word, where they are not reduced because they have to correctly indicate verb tenses and noun cases.
    Given that yandex finds 17000 occurences of "знаети" i'm not so sure that terminal 'е' is not reduced to 'и'.
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    Re: Pronunciation of -ете (at end of вы verbs)

    Quote Originally Posted by vox05
    Given that yandex finds 17000 occurences of "знаети" i'm not so sure that terminal 'е' is not reduced to 'и'.
    1st of all you shouldn't trust yandex so much. for example you can find "упячка" (710000 result), but this word doesn't even exist in literature! "Знаете" must be pronounced as "zna-yet-te". Variant "знаети" appears during fluent speaking.

    Во-первых, Вы не должны доверять яндексу настолько. К примеру, Вы можете найти "упяка"(710000 результатов), но такое слово не существует в литературе! "Знаете" должно былть произнесено как "zna-yet-te". Вариант "знаети" появляется в разговорном языке

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    Re: Pronunciation of -ете (at end of вы verbs)

    Quote Originally Posted by ImfromRussia
    Quote Originally Posted by vox05
    1st of all you shouldn't trust yandex so much. for example you can find "упячка" (710000 result), but this word doesn't even exist in literature! "Знаете" must be pronounced as "zna-yet-te". Variant "знаети" appears during fluent speaking.

    Во-первых, Вы не должны доверять яндексу настолько. К примеру, Вы можете найти "упяка"(710000 результатов), но такое слово не существует в литературе! "Знаете" должно былть произнесено как "zna-yet-te". Вариант "знаети" появляется в разговорном языке
    вы предлагаете "знаете" произносить как знаЕтте, причем буква "е" является ударной в вашем примере? Зачем тогда делается фонетический разбор слова в начальных классах? Буква "е" состоит из двух звуков "й" и "э" и не является звуком как таковым.

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    Re: Pronunciation of -ете (at end of вы verbs)

    For all its problems, I still think for a complete beginner 'zna-yet-ye' is the most useful (or least potentially misleading) approximation of the pronunciation.

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