relating to the study and systematic classification of speech sounds

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Which common mistakes do Spanish native speakers studying German make?

Although the title might sounds subjective, let me prove firstly that it isn't so: If the title would be Question. Which common grammar mistakes do Russian native speakers studying German as a ...
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What makes the German language sound so harsh?

When international friends hear me talking German, they always think I must be really angry and having an argument with somebody. What are the phonetical explanations for making the German language ...
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Can Germans distinguish “iSelf” from “iShelf” by pronunciation?

Would German-speaking people notice the difference of pronunciation between iShelf and iSelf?
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Is there a German sound that is similarly difficult for English speakers as th is for German speakers? [closed]

Is there a sound in the German language that is similarly difficult for English speakers as th is for German speakers?
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Ear-training with Minimal Pairs?

I came across this article on Minimal Pairs that seemed to perfectly describe the issues I have been having: not being able to clearly differentiate between the different sounds and vowels. The ...
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Resources for learning how to pronounce German phonemes?

In reading Fluent Forever. The author makes a point of something I had begun to suspect on my own: Learning to hear and correctly pronounce a language will help you learn much faster, because your ...
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The loanwords of which languages are to be faithfully pronounced when speaking German?

I have the impression that – unlike English (where you say Euler as Yuler, or better yet, bruschetta as [/brʊˈʃɛtə/]), European Spanish (where one pronounces Wi-Fi as guifi) or French (Bounty as buntý)...
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Sometimes “s” is pronounced [z] Why?

I have seen that many times, a German word is spelled with an s, but it is read like an English z. Moreover, every time this happens, the Dutch cognate word is spelled with a z. (But not the English ...
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“Standard” German pronunciation of Spar: [ʃpʰaːɐ] or [ʃpaːɐ]?

I'm reading Modern German Pronunciation, 2nd edition by Christopher Hall and I have a question regarding the /p/. I hold piece of paper directly in front of my lips and first I say the word Paar. I ...
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Why do dictionaries give me different pronunciations?

I'm looking up in various dictionaries for IPA phonetics of words, but some dictionaries give me different pronunciations for "ei". For example, lets look up for breit: Hueber and adaba say it is ...
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Different meanings from different accentuation rules

On this site I recently read that it was possible, that the meaning of a word could change if you change the stressed syllable. The example was: [trotz-'dem] meaning altough (as obwohl colloquial ...
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Spelling to pronunciation

It is said that German spelling is largely phonetic (unlike English spelling), and that there is a fairly reliable set of rules to convert spelling to pronunciation. (Sure, there are some exceptions, ...
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Wann wird das stimmhafte “s” gesprochen?

Da ich mit schwäbischem Dialekt aufgewachsen bin (in dem es das stimmhafte "s" [s̬] nicht gibt), bin ich immer unsicher, wann das "s" stimmhaft gesprochen wird, und wann nicht. Beispiel: See [...