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How to pronounce the German R?

I've tried many methods on the Internet but I still can't vibrate my tongue at all. I've tried gargling, biting a stick, etc. But weeks and months passed, none of them worked! I know German people ...
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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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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 ...
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What is the difference in pronounciation of “Nichts” and “Nics”?

Often I hear different pronounciation for the word Nichts Some people pronounce it as Nics (Well, it sounds like "Nics".) Does it make any difference? Is this a different dialect? Is it ...
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Milch? Milsh? Why the pronunciation difference?

I'm working my way through the Pimsleur German series, and I've noticed that one of the speakers has what seems to me a strange pronunciation of the word Milch. He pronounces the ch like the sh sound ...
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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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How is the ending -ig pronounced, and where?

I've heard the following alternatives for pronouncing the ending -ig of words like fertig and lustig: /ɪç/ (as in mich) /ɪʃ/ (as in Fisch) /ɪg/ /ɪk/ Where are the different pronunciations used? ...
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W → V, V → F. Why do German speakers wrongly transpose rather than shift when speaking English?

If German "W" is pronounced like an English "V" and German "V" is pronounced like an English "F" i.e. W → V V → F Why is it that I continually hear German speakers pronounce their (English) ...
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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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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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Gibt es ein Minimalpaar für die beiden deutschen ch-Laute (ç und χ)?

Ich suche (aus reiner Neugierde) zwei deutsche Worte, deren Aussprache sich nur durch einen Austausch der folgenden beiden Laute unterscheidet: [χ] – ch wie in Bach, Buch, doch [ç] – ch wie in ich, ...
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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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Was ist der Unterschied zwischen einer Sprachvarietät und einem Dialekt?

In einer Diskussion um "korrekte" Aussprache wurde angemerkt, dass das in Österreich gesprochene Deutsch kein Dialekt sei, sondern eine "Standardvarietät der deutschen Hochsprache". ...
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Problem differentiating between [i:] and [e:]

I am trying to learn proper pronunciation and so far it is not problematic however since most is very consistent (at least for now), but I have a problem differentiating between the [i:] (long i) and ...
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Deutsche Aussprache von Boston

Der Duden (Das Aussprachewörterbuch, 2005) gibt folgende Aussprache von Boston an: [ˈbɔstɔn] mit [ɔ] wie in Post [pɔst]. Im Onlineduden findet man stattdessen die englische Variante ...
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Gibt es eine genormte Aussprache für Standard-Deutsch?

In letzter Zeit erschienen hier mehrere Fragen, die erkennen ließen, dass die Fragesteller von einer bestimmten Annahme ausgingen. Sie gingen davon aus, dass es für jedes Wort der deutschen Sprache ...
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Correct pronunciation of number words ending in -g? Such as “zwanzig” [duplicate]

What is the correct pronunciation of words ending in -g? Such as: heftig zwanzig lustig and so on... In many films and TV series I heard something like "lustich", "zwanzich" and so forth, however, ...
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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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Wie wird der Vokal in „Genus“ ausgesprochen?

Wiktionary bietet zwei unterschiedliche Aussprachen für den Vokal im Wort „Genus“: /ˈɡɛnʊs/ (wie „Bett“) /ˈɡeːnʊs/ (wie „Meer“) Bei dict.cc und LEO werden die Hörbeispiele nur mit /ɛ/ ...
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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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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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The tiny difference of pronunciation in german suffix

I am always puzzled about the pronunciation of the german suffix '-e' and '-er'. What I want so say is, that I could not hear the difference between them clearly if it were not for the article that ...
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Hatten das runde „s“ und das lange „ſ“ die gleiche Aussprache?

Gab es einen Unterschied in der Aussprache von rundem „s“ und langem „ſ“, oder war der Unterschied nur typographisch?
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Are “Xylofon” and “xenophob” really pronounced with /ks/?

Pronunciation dictionaries suggest that words beginning with "x", such as "Xylofon" and "xenophob", should be pronounced with /ks/. This sounds awkward every time I try. How common is it for ...
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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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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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When is “sch” spoken like “sh” and when like “s” “ch”?

Regarding the words like Hose, Dose, Rose the pronunciation of the diminutive (Höschen, Döschen, Röschen) is with an explicit "s" phoneme. Opposite to the usual "sch" pronunciation. Is this a rule? ...
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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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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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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 [ʃ] vs. [s]

Why, for example, is Kunst pronounced [ˈkʊnst] and not [ˈkʊnʃt], yet the st in Einstein is pronounced [ˈaɪnˌʃtaɪn]? Is there a rule governing when it is [ʃ] vs. [s]?
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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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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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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 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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Are there other words that are only partly Germanized, like “Toilette”?

The word Toilette is pronounced /toalɛtə/ in standard German. It retains the original French /toa/, but its end is pronounced as it would be, were it a German word: /ɛtə/ instead of /ɛt/. Are there ...
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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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What are some good audio resources for learning scientific German?

German Science Reader by Charles Frederick Kroeh is a book on learning scientific German. However, I learn better aurally. What are some good audio resources for learning scientific German?
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Pronunciation of short German ü

Is a short ü (notated [ʏ] and found in 'Rücken' or 'gefüllt' or 'fünf') pronounced like (obviously except in duration): (1) a long ü ([y] / 'üben' or 'früh') or (2) a long ö ([ø] / 'schön' ...
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Wie werden Lehnwörter aus dem Französischen ausgesprochen?

z. B. Chance, Engagement Werden sie wie im Französischen ausgesprochen oder gibt es eine deutsche Aussprache?
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Warum heißt es “Tragikomödie” und nicht “Tragikkomödie”?

Das Wort setzt sich ja zusammen aus "Tragik" und "Komödie". Ich sehe nicht, weshalb da ein k wegfallen sollte. Meines Wissens wird das Wort auch mit doppeltem k gesprochen (also so, wie wenn man ...
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Schreibweise und Aussprache von aus dem Englischen stammenden Akronymen im Plural

Ich bin mir nicht sicher, ob Akronyme, die von der englischen Sprache entlehnt sind, im Plural mit oder ohne "-s" am Ende geschrieben und ausgesprochen werden. Ich selbst verwende in der ...
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I have a problem with “st”

I have a problem about the pronunciation of "st". I read that it is pronounced "sht" when it appears in the first syllable but I saw some words when it is pronounced "sht" in the middle. for example: ...
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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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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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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. ...
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Ursprung der stimmhaften Aussprache von <s>

In zahlreichen Büchern über historische Sprachstufen des Deutschen (z. B. Alt- und Mittelhochdeutsch von Bergmann/Pauly/Moulin) wird darauf hingewiesen, dass die beiden Grapheme <s> und <z> ...
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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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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 ...