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Comment from: Clifton Bancroft [Visitor]
Anyone who can say the word 'midnight' shouldn't find it tricky to say 'дни'.

Don responds: It would certainly seem that way, wouldn't it? But in fact it's tricky for English speakers for a couple of reasons. First off, in English one never has a [dn] in word-initial position; for some reason the ability to say something in the middle of a word does not automatically transfer to the same combination at the beginning of a word. For instance, in Spanish there are no native words that start with [sp] or [str], which is why many Spanish speakers when speaking English say “espeak” instead of “speak” or “estreet” instead of “street” despite the fact that they have the same consonant sequence in words like caspa “dandruff” or ostra “oyster”.

The second problem for us is that many English speakers do not have a soft [d] in their dialect. I have heard some native US speakers of English pronounce words like dune and tune with soft dees and tees, but that is a minority dialect, although perhaps a somewhat prestigious dialect as well.

Note to Russian speakers: you may have noticed I spelled the names of the letters dee and tee in the previous sentence. This is quite atypical for English writers, and you probably don't want to copy that habit. I do it to correct the lazy English writing world because I know better than anyone else. You can read my micro-rant on the subject here.
01/08/11 @ 08:33
Comment from: Arseny [Visitor]
And, of course locative form e.g. несколько раз на дню
01/11/11 @ 11:20

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