I had always thought that the u in Ruck was supposed to pronounced like we would in ruby Englishbut on dict. Is my hearing playing a trick on me, or are they really pronounced the same? I honestly doubt that the latter would be true, though.
It is interesting that the pronunciation examples sound the same to you. To me as a native German speaker they are easily distinguishable. I find the pronunciations of Rock and Ruck by user patu on dict.
Monk Mar 4 '14 at 1: Yes, that is how I had perceived them until I ran into the pronunciations on dict. I can see your point, which makes sense.
I guess what caused the confusion was that the difference between the two pronunciations was too subtle for me to tell. Monk Mar 3 '14 at 7: Monk, to a native speaker the distinction between Rock and Ruck is not all subtle.
I have made another recording. It is temporarily here.