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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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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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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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When is the last sound of a syllable unvoiced?

It is very common to unvoice consonant sounds appearing last in a word. die Hand -- /hant/ -- d → /t/ der Tag -- /taːk/ -- g → /k/ der Staub -- /ʃtaʊp/ -- b → /p/ This sometimes happens with ...
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Spelling to pronunciation

It is said that German spelling is largely phonetic (unlike English spelling), and that there is a fairly reliable set of rules to convert spelling to pronunciation. (Sure, there are some exceptions, ...
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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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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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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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Where do you place the stress in the word?

Every dictionary I have seen says stress an in angeblich. Yet often, I hear angeblich. Does it matter? Are there rules? Or is it dialect? Similarly, ausführlich or ausführlich? One dictionary says the ...
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What is the difference in pronunciation of “Nichts” and “Nics”?

Often I hear different pronunciations 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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Do you always pronounce ST as SHT?

If you have a word like 'Strasse' and it forms part of a street name for example, then I would assume that you still pronounce the word as though it were by itself. But are there examples of when you ...
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Speaking German with accent: a status symbol or a sign of being a foreigner?

I have been living in Germany for almost 10 years now and despite good command of both written and spoken German I have a noticeable accent and my texts are not absolutely perfect. I have noticed many ...
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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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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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Where to find IPA transcriptions of Hochdeutsch online?

Where can I find a comprehensive online resource for IPA transcriptions of the "official" pronunciation of German words?
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Wie sprechen die Salzburger den Namen ihrer Stadt aus?

Es geht mir um den Buchstaben g in Salzburg. Auf Forvo habe ich mir die Aussprache zweier Österreicher angehört, die /g/ sagen; aber die beiden wohnen nicht in Salzburg. Wie sagen die Salzburger das? ...
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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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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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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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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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Wann spricht man „ie“ als Diphthong aus?

„ie“ hat die folgende mögliche Aussprachen: /iː/ („Miete“) /i̯ə/ („Familie“, „Petersilie“) /i̯e/ („Karriere“) Wie kann man wissen, ob „ie“ als Diphthong oder Monophthong ausgesprochen ist?
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How to know if a beginning 'v' is pronounced /f/ or /v/?

A 'v' in the beginning of a word can be pronounced in one of two ways: /f/: Vater, verrückt, vier, Vogel. /v/: Vanille, Verb, Villa, Vokal, vulgär. My question: Is there a way to know how a word ...
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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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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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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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R's: Trilled R, Uvular Fricative R, and Uvular Trill R

I've read that the Bavarian accent (or the southern regions in general) uses a trilled R -- IPA [r] -- instead of the "standard" voiced uvular fricative -- IPA [ʁ]. I've also read that the uvular ...
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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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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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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 the stress of lebendig on the second syllable?

The pronunciation of lebendig lies on the second syllable, which does not follow the stress rules. It has no suffix that would change stress from the root word (that is, -ig), nor such a prefix (the ...
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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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Wie kam das 'e' in den “Schmied”?

Schon länger frage ich mich, wie es zur Dehnung des "i"-Vokals und zur Bildung eines "-ie-" in der Berufsbezeichnung "Schmied" kam. Im Duden, aber auch in anderen Wörterbüchern ist die Herkunft aus ...
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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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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 real-life ...
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How is “Parameter” pronounced?

Is it /paˈraːmetɐ/ or /paraˈmeːtɐ/? In other words, which syllable is stressed?
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How to say web addresses and version numbers in German?

In English, for example, "http://german.stackexchange.com/questions/ask" and "Windows 8.1" are read aloud as: H T T P COLON DOUBLE SLASH german DOT stackexchange DOT com SLASH questions SLASH ...
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Last name Fahnel pronunciation

Our last name is Fahnel which is German and I wanted to know the correct way to pronounce it. Some relatives believe it is pronounced Fennel like the spice but I believe it is either Fah-nel or ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Wann wird das stimmhafte “s” gesprochen?

Da ich mit schwäbischem Dialekt aufgewachsen bin (in dem es das stimmhafte "s" [s̬] nicht gibt), bin ich immer unsicher, wann das "s" stimmhaft gesprochen wird, und wann nicht. Beispiel: See ...
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Was bedeutet es, wenn “warum” auf der ersten Silbe betont wird?

Hat es eine spezielle Bedeutung, wenn "warum" auf der ersten statt auf der zweiten Silbe betont wird?
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Aussprache von Diphthongen beim Singen

Ich habe gelernt, beim Singen einen langgezogenen Vokal folgendermaßen auszusprechen: au als aaaaaaaaaa-o ei als aaaaaaaaaa-e Ich weiß aber nicht, wie es bei einem eu zu handhaben ist. Ist Feuer ...