09/10/2017 (Sun) 10:03:23
Interesting question. It's not easy to pinpoint because american syllabry is too much of a mindfuck, all the examples I come up with end up being the Finnish 'ee' or 'ii' after all when I think about it.
Ä and Ö are easy though, Ö is like the French 'eau' while Ä is A like Americans pronounce it and A is A like upper class English pronounce it. We call them back-vowels when you add the umlaut, and they by general rule are a different throat position of when your lips are pronouncing an other vowel. Y in finnish replaces Ü, so it should be the back vowel of U, but that's not the American 'ee' or 'ii' at all. I do think English lands on 'yy' a lot but it's inside clusters of diftongs that are hard to explain because the other sounds are written without any logic in English, so I can't explain just 'say this but leave out this sound'.