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Wann ß nach Diphthong? „heiß“ aber „Reis“

Wie erklärt sich, dass nach einigen Doppellauten ein ß (heiß, beiß, sch…) steht und nach anderen ein einfaches s (Eis, Mais, Kreis), obwohl es sich ebenso wie ein stimmloses s anhört?
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Is Gregor Samsa pronounced with English z's?

From what I know, any single s not at the ending is pronounced as an English z. If this is true, then the name Gregor Samsa should be read with two z's. But a person on Forvo pronounces it like ...
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Pronunciation of “gucken”

I've heard the g in gucken pronounced more like a k, but in the Duden dictionary I see no indication that it's pronounced that way. Do most Germans actually pronounce the word with a k, or is it just ...
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What is the difference in pronunciation of letters E and I?

I watched a few videos on German alphabet, like these 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6vquyjxImk and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlYLQvtG1as. It seems like the difference between E and I is ...
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Schreibung und Aussprache von Ortsnamen

Eine Frage, die mich immer mal wieder beschäftigt, ist, warum manche Ortsnamen im deutschsprachigen Raum anders ausgesprochen werden als sie geschrieben werden? Ein Beispiel wäre "Oer-Erkenschwick" ...
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Difference in pronunciation “Seiten” vs “Saiten”

I have found in one learning lesson that there is a difference between two words mentioned in title. But I can not find any audio evidence of this. Is there a real difference or it can be neglected in ...
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Betonung von Mephistopheles

Ich habe hauptsächlich die Variante gefunden, in der das o betont wird, aber es gibt einige, die behaupten, dass die Betonung auf dem vorletzten e liegt (Betonung auf o und e: 1, Betonung auf o: 2). ...
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How much are colloquial reductions of spoken German taught?

Sometimes I ask myself how clear a Non-German can understand spoken German when it comes to reductions like hammer / simmer / gehmer - haben wir / sind wir / gehen wir haste / biste / weißte - hast ...
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A few questions about glottal stops in Standard German

From experience and from this video, it seems that you do a glottal stop in the following cases: Before a word beginning with a vowel (e.g. ein, essen) Before first vowel in words with prefixes ...
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Ist es richtig, wenn das -e im sprachlichen Gebrauch des Imperativs oft fallen gelassen wird?

Bsp. Gespräch: Person1: "Ich möchte meinem Opa persönlich zum Geburtstag gratulieren, aber kann nicht zu ihm fahren." Person2: "Schreib ihm doch einen handgeschriebenen Brief." Wenn Person2 ...
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German shows/movies with German subtitles

I've found resources for German shows with English subtitles and vice versa, but I can't find German shows (either serials or movies) with German subtitles. Are there any online resources for this? ...
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When pronouncing ach Laut as an uvular sound, can you trill?

According to the wiki page: [x] occurs after /uː oː/ (for instance in Buch [buːx] 'book') and [χ] after /a aː/ (for instance in Bach [baχ] 'brook'), while either [x] or [χ] may occur after /ʊ ...
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Pronunciation of ‘ich’ in Rammstein songs

AFAIU, the h-sound in the English ‘huge’ is exactly the German ich-sound (e.g. in nicht). But I've noticed in a number of Rammstein songs, it's pronounced as ‘ish’. Is this regional or is it the ...
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Pronouncing bitte vs bitter

In Paul Joyce's German Course, he pronounces the ending of 'bitter' (sound link) with a roll. This is very different from the vocalic r I've been taught, and very different from the pronunciations on ...
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Why is the -ow in place names pronounced the way it is?

Travelling in the northeast of Germany, I have noticed that there are a lot of place names ending in -ow, but it is not pronounced phonetically, but rather like the English word "oh", for example in ...
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Is there a practical difference between “e” and “ä”?

The e and ä are considered as different phonemes. In practice, do people make and notice the difference? Which problems, if any, would not bothering to make such difference lead to?
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Does German phonetics fully determine the spelling?

It is clear that there are different, equally valid ways to read a word in German (e.g. alveolar or uvular r, etc.) How true is the converse statement: phonetics fully determine the spelling? I'm ...
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A strange greeting! Servos?

Ever since I have arrived in Germany, I have been picking up words I hear often and then going back home to check their meanings. There is one word that still baffles me. It is a form of greeting. ...
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Phonetic help for 'Frobenius'

My intuition says ['fʁɔbɪnjuːs] but not sure about it. BTW, The person in question is 'Ferdinand Georg Frobenius' (the mathematician).
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Phonetic help for Weierstraß

As far as I remember it is pronounced like ['vaɪəʁˌʃtræs] but not quite sure about it (specially whether it is a "ʁ", "ʀ" or "x" in the middle).
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Why are “vier” and the beginning of “vierzehn” not pronounced the same?

Why is "vier" in the beginning of "vierzehn" [ˈfɪrʦeːn] not pronounced the same as the standalone "vier" [fiːɐ]?
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Pronunciation of 'r' in German

According to the answer of @what to the question Pronunciation of "lernst" there are 3 different ways to pronounce the alphabet r in German: voiced uvular fricative [ʁ] (splattne's sample) ...
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Pronouncing “chs” as /ks/

"ch" is pronounced as /x/ or /ç/ depending on the vowel in front of it, and "s" is pronounced /z/ before a vowel, how come then that the sequence "chs" in the words wachsen and Wechsel is pronounced ...
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Pronunciation of musical notes

Taking the note G as an example, I know that in German G♭ is written 'Ges' and G♯ is written 'Gis'. But how are these pronounced? My dictionary gives me the spelling but not the pronunciation. I ...
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Pronunciation of “lernst”

It's easy to pronounce the letter 'r' in "lernen". But when it comes to pronouncing "lernst", it becomes really hard to keep pronouncing 'r' next to "nst". Listening to some native speaker ...
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German words database

I'm searching any good database about german words (substantives currently, but a more comprehensible database will go down well also), with, almost, the following information: Word name: in ...
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How is the letter “t” pronounced in “amtlicher”

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'. Somebody please explain how 't' is ...
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Pronunciation of Pommes Frites

When I first saw Pommes Frites I assumed the es would be pronounced, but it mostly seems like speakers say: pohm freet Rather than my initial assumption of something like: pohm-ez freet-z Why are ...
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Why is “Vater” spelt with 'V' when it is pronounced like 'father'?

I know that 'V' in the German alphabet is for "Vau" and 'F' is "Eff". Then why are we using 'V' instead of 'F' in German for "Vater"? Similar to the English "father" I would have expected it to be ...
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Gibt's eine Regel ob man “ch” als “sch” oder “ch” (asperiert) ausspricht? [duplicate]

Often I hear native speakers pronounce "Ich" to sound like "Isch". Is that one of the few exceptions to pronouncing the two consonants as in "Bach" where the sound is aspirated? Are there other cases ...
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Die Lautschrift zu Chopin

Ich finde derzeit keine Referenz für die Aussprache des Namens "Chopin" - in Deutsch. Im Englischen Wikipedia Artikel finde ich Referenzen für: Englisch: ʃoʊpæn Französisch:ʃɔ.pɛ̃ Die Aussprache wird ...
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How to pronounce the ending -ig if it has another consonant after it?

Or more specifically, in the case of the small Austrian village "Obergnigl", is it pronounce: /obergnɪçl/ or /obergnɪgl/
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“Blockälteste”: which syllable is stressed?

In the word blockälteste, what syllable (or syllables) gets the stress, please? Obviously not a word people say too often—and I cannot find a pronunciation for it online.
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wirklich vs wirklich

You may read the following two texts aloud: Ich sage dir doch, entgegen aller Behauptungen ist Bob kein Baumeister! Er ist wirklich ein Bauer! compare it with Bob ist der Dümmste und ...
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What pronunciation is more influential, higher status or standard?

I was looking into different pronunciations, I saw there is a difference between regions within Germany and also with other German speaking countries, making me wonder which set of pronunciation rules ...
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How are mathematical expressions of this kind read in German (with fraction and root)?

        My guesses are: ein fünfte Wurzel aus a plus c Quadrat-tel / ein Kubikwurzel aus p-tel eins durch fünfte Wurzel aus a plus c Quadrat / eins durch ...
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Audio Aussprachewörterbuch für “offline usage” für das iPad?

Ich brauche akustische Ausspracheangaben (audio pronunciations) fürs iPad; auch für "offline usage". Chats zum Thema hier und hier. Wo finde ich solche? P.s. Ich versuche auch ein ...
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How is “Parameter” pronounced?

Is it /paˈraːmetɐ/ or /paraˈmeːtɐ/? In other words, which syllable is stressed?
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Does pronunciation of German words vary a lot across different places in Germany?

I am in a learning stage and I was wondering if pronunciation and (even accent) differs a lot across the places in Germany. E.g. "Ich" being pronounced differently at different places made me think ...
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Is there a difference in pronunciation between “ist” and “isst”?

Is there a difference in pronunciation between "ist" -be (3p. sing) and "isst" -eat (3p. sing)? EDIT: I posted the second part as an independent question
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'y' as a vowel in German

I encountered the word "Typ" (en:type) which has a 'y' serving as a vowel; in this case a 'ü', I believe. Is this a singular case or are there more words in which 'y' is used as a vowel?
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How is “ch” pronounced correctly?

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 ...
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Wird Hochdeutsch relativ schnell gesprochen?

Momentan läuft eine Debatte über Deutsche in der Schweiz. Dabei stieß ich auf diesen Artikel (nicht dass ich die Seite regelmäßig lese :)), wo behauptet wird, "Maschinengewehr-Hochdeutsch" (ziemliche ...
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What is the “correct” way of pronouncing - ig and the end of the word [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How is the ending -ig pronounced, and where? In all of my German books and several websites (as in this one), it is said that an -ig suffix it is pronounced as -ich ...
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Difference in pronunciation of “Er” vs. “Ihr”

I'm currently learning German with Duolingo. In some of the lessons and daily practices, I have to listen to a recorded voice and type the German words that are spoken. I seem to continually get ...
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Accent placement in “Waldfräulein”

I understand that Fräulein is lexically accented (stressed) more on the first syllable than the second; wiktionary shows IPA pronunciation as /ˈfʁɔɪ̯laɪ̯n/, /ˈfʁɔlaɪ̯n/, and also wikipedia says ...
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Why is “eu” used for spelling the sound “oi”?

My little daughter, allthough not being in school yet, is very keen in writing words - naturally, she writes them as she thinks they are written by translating each sound to a letter. Recently, she ...
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How to master pronunciation

I'm looking for methods and resources (such as music along with their text - audio books) to improve my German pronunciation, other than talking to a native speaker. EDIT: I'm given advice by ...
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How do we pronounce “China”?

In German there is some confusion on how to pronounce the letters 'ch' in "China". I heard all of following variants: [ˈçiːnaː] - "ich" [ˈkçiːnaː] - "Bäckchen" [ˈkiːnaː] - "Kino" [ʃiːnaː] - ...
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Why is “Zeile” but not “Zeiger” differently pronounced in the south?

For both nouns there is a similar pronunciation of "-ei-" in standard German: Zeile: [ˈʦaɪ̯lə] Zeiger: [ˈʦaɪ̯ɡɐ] When people in some southern German regions try to speak non-dialect German the ...