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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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'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 does the pronunciation of “dass” compare to “das”?

I’m reading a book in which these two words often occur right next to each other as so: “… dass das …” Is there a difference in their pronunciation? If so, how can I make that clear? Do I need to ...
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Aussprache der Wörter rückwärts

Die Frage betrifft das Rückwärtssprechen, wie man es manchmal zur Belustigung macht. Es gibt auch Menschen, die die Gabe haben, jedes beliebige Wort korrekt rückwärts auszusprechen, ohne nachzudenken. ...
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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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Why is “-kai” in “Handelskai” pronounced “-ki”?

There is a street and U-Bahn station in Vienna called Handelskai. Over the speakers in subway and busses I always hear it pronounced like "Handelski". However, other "Kais" (eg. "Franz-Josefs-Kai") ...
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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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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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When should I use these two pronunciations of r?

I read the following in a textbook: In the German-speaking world of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, there are two distinct ways of pronouncing r. One way is the rolled r as is heard in ...
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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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Does a “A free online Talking Dictionary of German Pronunciation” exist?

It helps me out a lot to hear how a word is pronounced in order to remember. I often use Duden, but sometimes it does not provide an audio recording of the word I´m looking for. Other dictionaries ...
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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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“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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Varianten von “ein bisschen”

I remember in Nürnburg people sometimes answering "bisschen" like "ein bissel", oder "ein bissler". Was this Bavarian or Berlin dialect?
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Kann man die Zahl 100 (bzw. 1.000, 1.000.000) nur als “hundert” lesen?

Es sind 100 Schüler in meinem Gymnasium, die dieses Jahr einen Abschluss machen werden. Wie liest man diesen Satz? (a) Es sind hundert Schüler in meinem Gymnasium, … (b) Es sind ein ...
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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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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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Are horizontal and horicontal pronounced the same in German?

In this question in English Language and Usage, there is an enquiry about a spelling mistake that appears in certain technical papers that are of German authorship but are written in English. My ...
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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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Can't find the difference between o, ö, u, und ü

Hey guys I'm having trouble finding the difference in pronunciation between o, u and the ö and ü. I don't feel like I can continue my German lessons until I can correct pronounce them. Any help?
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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 do I pronounce a B, D, or G before an E at the end of a word?

I've been wondering about this for some words such as "Tage" Is it pronounced Tah-kuh or Tah-guh?
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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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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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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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Pronunciation of Brötchen

In my family, we never pronounced Brötchen with a long ö, but rather a sound reminiscent of a diphthong oi or öi. In any case, Brötchen with a long ö sounds totally alien and unfamiliar to me. But ...
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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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How much is an English accent a hindrance to understandability?

Most English speakers really struggle to produce the ch and r sounds correctly. The ü sound also doesn’t have an equivalent in English. How bad do English speakers really sound when they speak ...
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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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Why is the stress in lebendig in the second syllable? [duplicate]

For a start, I know there has already been this question, but I have an extra bit to add... On wiktionary (I know it isn't great in general, so don't slate me for using it!), it says 'the current ...
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Sind Unterschiede in der Aussprache des letzten Lautes in „Honig“ und „Teig“ regional bedingt? [duplicate]

In meiner Familie, die aus ziemlich unterschiedlichen Regionen kommt (Niederrhein, Thüringen, Oberschlesien) wurde „Honig“ von allen stets -ç, aber „Teig“ immer -k ausgesprochen. Man kann aber ...
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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 “Er”? [closed]

Why is "er" sometimes pronounced /e/ as in: Er schläft and sometimes pronounced /eːɐ/ as in: Er ist gelb.
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How to practice spoken German, for non German and asian origin?

Being a mechanical engineer, it would be helpful to learn to speak Deutsch. Will reading newspaper headlines on German papers help, or what should I do?
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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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Hat ein als /z​ɑː/ ausgesprochenes langes „so“ eine Bedeutung?

Manche Menschen sprechen „so“ als [z​ɑː] aus. Ich fragte mich immer, ob das regional ist, ob diese Variation etwas Bestimmtes betonen will? (Un)freundlichkeit? Eile? usw. Kontext (nur einer von ...
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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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Wie spricht man eigentlich „eigentlich“ aus?

Im alltäglichen Gespräch hört man öfters tatsächlich eine kürzere, geschmierte Version der ersten zwei Silben von eigentlich. Kann jemand anhand IPA diese Aussprache beschreiben?
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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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What are the resources to learn to pronouce words the right way?

I have just decided to learn German. I want to pronounce things the right way. I started with Pimsleur, but when I compared the pronunciation with Google Translate, it was very different. So what is ...
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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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On the similarity between short [​ɪ] and [e]

The sound [​ɪ] is said to be more open than [i] and so is [e]. I have no difficulty in distinguishing between [i] and [e], or between [i] and [I]; however, I can hardly distinguish between [​ɪ] and ...
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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?