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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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Listening practice for long vs. short vowels

I'm looking for good resources or exercises for practicing recognizing long vs. short vowels. Minimal pair recordings in "quiz" format would be ideal. I know when reading whether a vowel should be ...
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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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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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Sie (you - formal), sie (she) and sie (they) / Ihr (you - plural), er (he)

How to differentiate pronunciation of these words? Sie (you — formal), sie (she), and sie (they) ihr (you — plural), er (he)
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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 ...
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How to learn/explain to pronounce Ä,Ö,Ü,Z,CH?

How do I learn to pronounce Ä (at least 2 different: "Ärzte" + slightly different "Ärmel", "ätzend") Ö (at least 2 different: "Öl", "Öffnung" + slightly different "Löffel") Ü (at least 2 ...
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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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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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About the German sound of “R” as in “mehr”

As I already knew, "R" in German is pronounced as "R" in French, and "er" in "Bruder" is pronounced approximately as "Brude" without "R"... but the "r" in "mehr" is not pronounced as "R" in French, ...
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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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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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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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Hat das Österreichische keine Auslautverhärtung?

Ich habe in diversen Diskussionen hier den Eindruck erhalten, dass das Österreichische eventuell keine Auslautverhärtung zeigt. Die andere Erklärung ist natürlich, dass man, wenn man nicht viel ...
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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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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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“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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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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Deutsche Werbungen für Akzent-Verbesserung

Ich möchte an meinem deutsches Akzent arbeiten. Ich möchte Werbungen auf Deutsch finden und danach versuchen, den/die SprecherIn einer Werbung zu imitieren. Zum Beispiel (auf Englisch): LinkedIn ...
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How to read “20.00 Uhr”

Heute Abend essen wir erst um 20.00 Uhr. How does one read the "20.00" Uhr out loud? Is it "zwanzig Uhr" or "zwanzig Punkt null null Uhr"?
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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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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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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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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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“Selbständig” or “Selbstständig”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Selbständig vs. selbstständig Both "selbständig" and "selbstständig" exist, being used in the same context in German. Still, I am not sure if there is a ...
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What is the correct pronunciation [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How is the ending -ig pronounced, and where? My parents were from Vienna and for years I heard them pronounce words such as zwanzig, fertig, notwendig etc., by ending in ...
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How is “IT” pronounced in German? [eye-tee] or [ee-tay]?

I have worked in the IT (Information Technology) industry in Germany for over 15 years. I have always heard the acronym "IT" pronounced as in English [eye-tee], even when speaking in German. My ...
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Pronunciation of “Rock” and “Ruck”

Guten Tag, all. I was looking words up on dict.cc just now, and I realized how the two German words Rock and Ruck sound exactly identical – at least to my ears, with headphones on – as I clicked on ...
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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 “R” in the words or verbs starting with “Ver-” in Standard German e.g. “Verein, Verehren, Verachten,…”

the "R" in "Ver-" is pronounced like "R" in the "-er" in "Bruder" or like "R" in french?
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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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How to pronounce “Er”?

Why is "er" sometimes pronounced /e/ as in: Er schläft and sometimes pronounced /eːɐ/ as in: Er ist gelb.
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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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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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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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Wie wird „Titurel“ ausgesprochen?

Wie wird der Name „Titurel“ ausgesprochen? Ich kann keine Transkription oder Einspielung finden.
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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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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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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 to pronounce “Universität”?

I tried to get the example of pronunciation of the word of "Universität" from Google translate but the pronunciation that i got from Google translate it was a little far from my expectation. Google ...
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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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Pronunciation of “der”, “er” (the word) and “-er”

I have been learning German for a little while now and my pronunciation is still horrid. I just recently noticed though that it may be worse than I have imagined. I may have been pronouncing der and ...
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Noob question about German pronunciation

Let me first give a big fat disclaimer that I essentially know no German at all. Being an IPA junkie I just decided to read about German orthography and (epicfailingly) try to read out some German for ...
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How to pronounce “sind”?

I have noticed that "sind" is pronounced differently in the following two sentences: Die Fahrräder sind gelb. /zind/ Die Autos sind schwarz. /sind/ Why are they pronounced differently?
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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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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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Wo kann man im Internet die deutsche Sprache üben?

Ich suche etwas wie Skype, Google Talk, Hangouts, ... wo es Gruppen gibt, wo man die deutsche Sprache bzw. Aussprache üben kann. Hat jemand eine Idee? Am besten ein PG, das auch für Minderjährige ...
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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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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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Why doesn't the “d” in “wird” sound more like the “d” in “würd(e)”?

I'm listening to audio tapes (German with Michel Thomas) where the instructor stresses the t sound for the he/she/it conjugation of werden, i.e. Er wird [...] To me this sounds like veert. ...