Is it 'Yanny' or 'Laurel'? Or 'Yammy?'
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The question seems simple enough.
What word do you hear in the audio -- "Yanny" or "Laurel?"
The answer, as it turns out, is not so simple. And a four-second recording is dividing -- and confusing -- internet users around the world.
Late Monday night, a Twitter user named Cloe Feldman posted the short recording on social media. She wrote, "What do you hear?! Yanny or Laurel?"
People answered quickly. Most were sure that they were correct. Those who heard differently, many said, were either crazy or seeking attention.
One Twitter user answered, "Is this a joke? It very clearly says "yanny" and in no way could it possibly be misheard as "laurel"...am I losing my mind?
Yet, another wrote, "Laurel! How is anyone hearing Yanny?"
Some said they could hear both words, including American politician Sherrod Brown of Ohio. In a Twitter video, he said he first heard Yanny, but later heard Laurel. He joked that he is "always willing to hear both sides of an issue."
Many are comparing "Yanny vs Laurel" to the debate in 2015 about "The Dress." You might remember it. A woman posted a photo of a dress she liked on social media. She asked whether the dress was blue and black or white and gold.
And so began a viral discussion about a piece clothing.
Cloe Feldman has a popular YouTube account and over 200,000 followers on Twitter. That helped the Yanny vs. Laurel debate spread on social media. It soon became a trending topic on Twitter and Facebook. As of Wednesday, Feldman's audio file has over 12 million views on Twitter.
But Feldman herself did not create the audio, or even start the debate.
Wired.com reports that it began in a high school literature class. A student in Georgia named Katie Hetzel was studying the word "laurel" for a class assignment. She looked up the word on the website Vocabulary.com
She played the site's pronunciation audio file for the word. But, instead of hearing "laurel," she heard "yanny." Hetzel asked her classmates what they heard and "we all heard mixed things," she told Wired. She decided to post the audio file on her Instagram.
Later, another student put it on the social news site Reddit, according to Wired. From there, it seems, Cloe Feldman took it to Twitter.
So, the reason for the confusion between Laurel and Yanny? I'll let my Learning English co-host and audio expert Jonathan Evans explain:
Ashley: Jonathan, you might have heard the internet has lost its mind about this Yanny vs Laurel debate. Can you help us out?
Jonathan: I hope I can. So, there are a number of frequencies at play. The higher frequency -- at the higher frequency -- you will hear the word "Yanny." At the lower frequency, you will hear the word "Laurel."
Ashley: So, what is frequency?
Jonathan: So, frequency is the number of sound waves per second produced by any piece of sound.
Ashley: So, why are some people hearing the higher frequency and some are hearing the lower frequency?
Jonathan: It all depends. It depends on, on how you're listening to the piece of audio. Because it will sound different if you're listening on your phone versus whether it's coming through your car stereo or whether it's coming through your home computer. And it is a low-quality audio file.
It's actually "Yammy." Not "Yanny." It's "Yammy." It's an "mm." It's "Yammy." If you're going to hear anything that begins with a Ya.
Ashley: So you're adding a new possibility to the debate?
Jonathan: It's definitely "Yammy."
Jonathan: But it's not. It's "Laurel." It is "Laurel." It's "Laurel." But you can pick out a "Yammy."
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I'm Ashley Thompson.
1.turns out 证明是
She'll put the blame on us if it turns out badly.
2.depends on 取决于
The success or failure of the matter depends on your own effort.
3.looked up 查询；抬头看
He looked up the slope of land that rose from the house
4.social media 社交媒体
We have all witnessed the power of social media.
5.But it's not. It's "Laurel." It is "Laurel." It's "Laurel." But you can pick out a "Yammy."
pick out 挑选；取出
The detective-constable picked out the words with difficulty.
I will pick out three new plays particularly.
6.It all depends. It depends on, on how you're listening to the piece of audio.
It all depends 视情况而定
It all depends. I have certain doubts about it.
It all depends. Anyway I'm not sure how many days off we'll have.
那要视情况而定。 不管怎样我还不确定我们能放几天假呢 。
你听到音频中的词汇是："Yanny" 还是 "Laurel"？
事实证明, 答案没那么简单。这段4秒钟的录音让全球网友产生分歧，困惑不解 。
网友迅速给出回复。大多数人都确信自己的是正确答案 。很多人表示，听到其他答案的人要么是疯了，要么是注意力不够集中 。
还有的人表示听到了两种读音，包括美国俄亥俄州的政治家谢罗德·布朗（Sherrod Brown）。他在一条推特视频中称，起初他听到的是Yanny，后来仔细一听是Laurel 。他开玩笑说，自己“总是乐意兼听双方意见” 。
许多网友将"Yanny 与 Laurel"之争与2015年的“礼服之争”相提并论。你可能还有印象 。一名女士在社交媒体上晒出一张心爱的连衣裙照片 。她问“这件裙子是蓝黑条纹的，还是白金条纹的？” 。
克洛·费尔德曼（Cloe Feldman）有一个热门的YouTube账号，其推特账号拥有20万粉丝。这些因素帮她把“Yanny与Laurel之争”传播至社交媒体 。这一争论迅速成为推特和脸书的热门话题 。截至周三，该音频在推特上的点击量已经超过1200万次 。
据科技媒体连线杂志（Wired.com）报道，该争论起源于一堂高中文学课。乔治亚州一位名叫凯蒂·黑泽尔（Katie Hetzel）的学生做课堂作业时遇到“laurel”一词 。她在Vocabulary.com网站上查询这个单词 。
她点击了这个单词的发音。但是她听到的不是“laurel”而是“yanny” 。黑泽尔告诉连线杂志，她询问同学听到的结果，“然而我们听到的各不相同” 。于是她决定将音频上传到Instagram 。
乔纳森：我当尽力而为。音频播放时会出现很多频率 。捕捉到较高频率时，你听到的是“Yanny”的发音 。而捕捉到较低频率时，你听到的就是“Laurel”的发音 。
乔纳森：完全视情况而定。这取决于你听到这段音频的方式 。因为不管是从手机、汽车音响或事家用电脑上播放，都会导致听到的发音出现差异 。此外，这段音频文件的音质较低 。
其实正确的单词是“Yammy”。不是“Yanny”，而是“Yammy” 。是“mm” 。“Yammy” 。如果你听到任何以“ya”开头的单词的话，（应该没错） 。
乔纳森：但其实不是。正确答案是Laurel 。Laurel 。Laurel 。不过，你可能会听出Yammy 。