When I listen to the pronunciation of amtlicher on Dict.cc, I hear the letter t pronounced more like g or k. At least I do not hear it as a clear t. Can somebody please explain how t is pronounced here?
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For both 't' and 'l' the tip of the tongue is in the same spot (on the speaker's alveolar ridge, to be precise).
When 't' is followed by 'l', German speakers leave the tip of the tongue in that place, merely narrowing their tongue to go from one sound to the other. Thus, the release of the plosive 't' is very close to that of 'k' in this case.
As it may help to learn the pronunciation from audio examples provided by online dictionaries this is a good example on their limits. Speech synthesizers as used by dict.cc are prone to an artificial pronunciation, especially when it comes to a finer differentiation of sounds. In this example the sound
In case we are in doubt on the appropriate pronunciation we should look for an IPA phonetic notation where we may be able to compare the pronunctation of many phonemes with those in our native language.
When we search for "amtlich" in the Free Dictionary the following correct pronunciation will be displayed:
When clicking on the IPA notation a pop up window will also display a table of pronunciation keys for the letters used. There we can see that the