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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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Is there a German sound that is similarly difficult for English speakers as th is for German speakers?

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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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 ...
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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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Sometimes “s” is read like English “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 ...
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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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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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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 ...