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  •  Phonemic and not phonetic (2+ / 0-)
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    GreenMother, weck

    Actually, native speakers here phonemes and not actual individual sounds.

    Let me give you an example.  As native speakers, we  hear the p in pit and spit are the same sound.  In fact, they  aren't.

    Put your hand in front of your mouth and pronounce both words.  With pit you will feel a puff of air; with spit you won't.  

    In some languages of the world (Hindi), the p with a puff of air and the p without a puff of air are heard as two different sounds.  That is not the case in English

    Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens.

    by MoDem on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 09:31:36 AM PST

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