Časť 5: Interesting
D, T, N + E, I, Í, IA, IE, IU = "soft" pronunciation
Each letter in Slovak alphabet has a district sound, however, some consonants can be pronounced in a different way - depending on their position.
The consonants d, t, n before e, i, í, ia, ie, iu in Slovak words are pronounced as [ď, ť, ň]: dieťa [ďieťa], ticho [ťixo], pani [paňi].
It means there is the same pronunciation as in ďalej, ťažký, koňak, even though the mark ˇ is not written in these cases. It is so-called „soft" or palatalized pronunciation of d, t, n.
Ď, ť, ň are palatal sounds corresponding to English sounds in during, tutor, new.
Listen and repeat the following words:
desať, divadlo, vidí, sedia, dieťa, hadiu, teplo, deti, fotí, veštia, tieň, labutiu, nechcem, nič, zvoní, vonia, nie, paniu