Chinese word pronunciation help?

I’m a beginning student of Mandarin Chinese and am running into a disagreement with a friend over proper pronunciation. I always thought the word hen3 很 rhymes with the English word "fun," with the e pronounced like a deep "uh" in the throat. However my buddy thinks it sounds like the English word "hen." What is the correct way? I’m mainly interested in how it would be properly said in Beijing. Thanks in advance.

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