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Please don't take this YouTube video you mention in your comment as an example. This is a guy who is trying his best but he definitely is a dialect speaker (what more or less all of us are) who tries hard to sound 'standard' (which doesn't exist anyways IMHO - but in lack of a better word). Just listen to the difference in sound of the two vowels 'I' when ...


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The e in Leben is long, so it is quite different from the e in pet, which, if my understanding of English pronunciation is correct, is more like the short ä in hätte. The German long e is also different from the German long i as in Lieben. For a German there is no danger of confusing them. If your native language does not have both of these or does not ...


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The first e in "leben", "stehen" and "sehr" is a long e and thus pronounced like the "a" in "late" without the "-y" sound. The e in "pet" is a short e that you can find in the last e of "leben" and "stehen". In no case an "e" is pronounced like "i" in "Licht". In particular, "leben" and "lieben" are pronounced differently. There's normally no danger to ...


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The idea that German speakers try to pronounce words of foreign origin like the original seems to me essentially incorrect. It does not even work like that with a closely-related language like Swedish. You can bet that a German speaker would get all the following Swedish words and names wrongly pronounced: Gösta gylden Wilander Kerstin själ Göteborg kedja. ...


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Emanuel's answer is correct. (Only the speculation in the last sentence is unfounded.) But that leaves the question why some German speakers would make this mistake. I think I can explain that. It seems to me that this is an obvious example of a hypercorrection. In German, words of Latin origin eventually get c replaced by either z (before e and i) or k ...


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"Horicontal" is not a German word. Nor does it match any German spelling pattern, not even an imported one. The standard pronunciation for the combination "co" is "ko" as in for example "Co-Sponsor". So "horicontal" would be pronounced "horikontal". Might well be that back a hundred years ago (or more) some scholars would write it with a "c" because they ...



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