I'm interested (or rather "re-interested") in learning German. When I looked up some basic lessons to get myself started, I found this on about.com. If you click on any of those words, you can hear the word said by a German-speaker, to improve your pronunciation. The issue I'm having is that I took German in high school, and I'm noticing a significant difference between how the words are pronounced on this site, and how my German teacher would pronounce similar words. For example, try "Gruß dich". The site says "dish", just like it would be pronounced in English!
My teacher had me learn a different way to say the "ch". I can't explain it, but it's certainly not like "sh". It feels like it comes more from the throat.
Also, you can see on that page that some of the phrases have "sch" in them. These, my teacher would pronounce just like the English "sh", but the site does not differentiate between them.
Actually, she seemed mildly offended when I incorrectly repeated a word after her that had the "ch" sound in it. Is this a regional variation? She's from Austria, if that helps. As a German beginner, which way should I pronounce the words?
Thanks for looking!