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On Fri, 8 Oct 2004 08:16:28 +0200, Philip Newton <[log in to unmask]>
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>On Thu, 7 Oct 2004 16:10:05 -0400, Pascal A. Kramm <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> - "ai" is NO diphtong in High German! (Ok, there are rare exceptions, but
>> generally, it is not!) Use "ei" for [aI] instead.
>
>Your version of "High German" appears to be different from mine in
>this point, too; for me, "mein" and "Main" are exactly homophonous, as
>are Seite "side" and Saite "string".

For me there is a faint difference - not as much of a difference as between
"" and "e", but you can notice it if you listen concentratedly.
"ei" sounds always [aI], but "ai" sounds more like [aj]. So, "Main" sound
more like "Majn" than like "Mein", and "Saite" sounds more like "Sajte" than
like "Seite".

>Which part of Germany are you from?

North-western part, North-Rhine Westphalia.

--
Pascal A. Kramm, author of Choton

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