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Wie wird “Cochem” ausgesprochen?

Wie wird der Name der Stadt “Cochem” ausgesprochen? Mit [o] oder [ɔ]? Mit [x] oder [ç] Mit unbetontem [əm] oder betontem [e:m]?
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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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Are “Rad” and “Rat” seriously pronounced in the same way?

Are Rad and Rat seriously pronounced in the same way? I’ve recently read that both Rad and Rat are pronounced in the same way as /rat/. Basically in both cases the end letter is a /t/. Is it really ...
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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. Can somebody please explain how t is pronounced ...
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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 “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 pronunciations (like ...
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21st century years pronounced as “zwo-” instead of “zweitausend”

Rarely, while watching YouTube videos, I believe I’ve heard native German speakers pronounce years in the 21st century as zwotausend rather than zweitausand, as in zwotausendacht. What’s going on ...
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Wie wird das Adjektiv zum Buchhalter richtig betont?

Warum wird eigentlich das gute und urdeutsche Wort buchhalterisch (Also das Adjektiv zu Buchhalter bzw. Buchhaltung) das meinem Sprachgefühl nach auf der ersten Silbe betont gehört, von vielen ...
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Pronunciation of the surname Ruhle

I live in Australia and I had a big family gathering over the weekend. We know that our ancestors moved to Australia from Germany in the late 1800s. There was a big argument over how to properly ...
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Aussprache von »Gluten«

Kurze und einfache Frage: Wie wird das Wort »Gluten«, mit dem ein Eiweißstoff bezeichnet wird, der in vielen Getreidesorten zu finden ist, richtig ausgesprochen? Zur Auswahl stehen: [ɡluˈteːn], ...
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How can I distinguish the short sounds [​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 [e]...
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In welchen Dialekten wird die Endung -n weggelassen bzw. nicht ausgesprochen?

Bekanntlich lässt man in vielen deutschen Dialekten unter anderem die Endung -n weg:* ... die junge' Bube' spiele' lasse'... Wie heißt das Phänomen und gibt es eine entsprechende Linie oder ...
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On the pronunciation of unstressed ‘e’ in morphemic affixes

Below I quote some words with unstressed e in their morphemic affixes: finden, with -en, an infinitival affix findet, with -et, a personal morpheme vermutete, with -ete, a (tense and personal) ...
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Schibboleths für verschiedene norddeutsche Regionen?

Schibboleths sind Wörter, anhand deren Aussprache man die Herkunft des Sprechers zuordnen kann. Ganz allgemeines Beispiel für Muttersprachler vs. Ausländer: "Streichholzschächtelchen". Für den ...
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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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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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Are there German words that get pronounced differently based on whether they are capitalized?

Are there words in the German language where abcde and Abcde are both valid words but they get pronounced slightly differently? Maybe words that are stressed differently? Is there any case where the ...
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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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How should one pronounce “Denglisch” words when one is a native English speaker?

I'm not sure if this question is completely on-topic since I think it's largely a cultural question rather than being strictly about German language, but I noticed a pronunciation tag so I thought it ...
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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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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 lesen würde :)), wo behauptet wird, "Maschinengewehr-Hochdeutsch" (...
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Tschüs: Aussprache Tschü-üs

Der Abschiedsgruß Tschüs (oder auch Tschüss) hat einen ganzen Wikipediaartikel mit allerlei Varianten, zum Beispiel tschüssing, tschö, tüüs, tschüssi und tschüssikowski. Nicht aufgelistet ist aber ...
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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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IPA von Haeckel (Hegel, Händel, …)

Ich bin mir unsicher, ob und wie ich die IPA-Wiedergabe von Haeckel im englischen Wikipediartikel über Ernst Haeckel korrigieren oder ergänzen soll. Dort steht [ˈhɛkəl], mir scheint aber auch [ˈhɛkl̩]...
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Pronunciation of “Leonhard Euler”

In almost every source I know, Euler has been pronounced as /ˈȯi-lər/ . Nevertheless, in a number of books translated to other languages, it is mentioned as: /ˈjuːlər/ . I doubt in it incorrectness, ...
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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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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 different:...
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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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Can Germans distinguish “iSelf” from “iShelf” by pronunciation?

Would German-speaking people notice the difference of pronunciation between iShelf and iSelf?
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How do you phonetically pronounce all of the German note names?

What is the phonetic pronunciation of every note name in German? So, all three iterations of every letter (flat, natural, and sharp) including E#, Cb, etc. Also, how do you pronounce the German note ...
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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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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 German?...
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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 [ˈbɔstən]...
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Pronunciation of “China” in German

In German there is some confusion on how to pronounce the letters 'ch' in "China". I heard all of following variants: [ˈçiːnaː] - as in "ich" [ˈkçiːnaː] - as in "Bäckchen" [ˈkiːnaː] - as in "...
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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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Ear-training with Minimal Pairs?

I came across this article on Minimal Pairs that seemed to perfectly describe the issues I have been having: not being able to clearly differentiate between the different sounds and vowels. The ...
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Resources for learning how to pronounce German phonemes?

In reading Fluent Forever. The author makes a point of something I had begun to suspect on my own: Learning to hear and correctly pronounce a language will help you learn much faster, because your ...
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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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Deutsche Aussprache & Betonung von »Ukraine«

Regarding English pronunciation, I’d add an English translation, but it wouldn’t make sense. In English, you-craine seems to be the correct pronunciation, while it ought to be vocalized as you-cray-...
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Any difference in the pronounciation of “er”, “eh”, “ehe” and “eher”?

I know that these little useful words er, eh, ehe and eher have different meanings and usage. The problem is that when I try to pronounce them, they sound very, very similar. Especially inside a ...
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Gibt es Akzente/Dialekte, bei denen das R immer ausgesprochen wird?

Ein Beispieltext: Gott ist eine faustgrobe Antwort, eine Undelicatesse gegen uns Denker –, im Grunde sogar bloss ein faustgrobes Verbot an uns: Ihr sollt nicht denken! (Friedrich Nietzsche) Die ...
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Language forum to practice German Pronunciation? [closed]

I would like to find some system which helps my German pronunciation. Sometimes, I am long times speaking the language, weakening my fluency. I heard that some language laboratories in Asia have ...
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Are ‘säen’ and ‘sehen’ homophones?

I am wondering if the absence (or presence) of the h affects pronunciation in this particular case. My intuition is that they should be pronounced the same way. I found some online pronunciations and ...
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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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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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Die Aussprache der Endung -ow

Diese Frage wurde auch hier (auf Englisch) beantwortet: Why is the -ow in place names pronounced the way it is? Warum wird in Orts- und Familiennamen wie Pankow, Treptow und Bülow der Buchstabe w ...
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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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Why is the -ow in place names pronounced the way it is?

This question also has an answer here (in German): Die Aussprache der Endung -ow Travelling in the northeast of Germany, I have noticed that there are a lot of place names ending in -ow, but it 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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How to pronounce email address in German?

This question also has an answer here (in German): Wie teile ich mündlich eine E-Mail-Adresse mit? I need to tell a German person my email address. They live in Germany. I live in the US. I ...