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It is not easy to explain the special vowels of German, which traditionally are called Umlaute. But I remember having explained the articulation of ü to an American young man. My explanation was as follows: Say a long /i/ and keep your tongue in this i-position, i. e. the tongue is near the palate. Now round your lips strongly and push your lips forward as ...


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Die Umschreibung mittels e ist eine Besonderheit. Tatsächlich sind ä, ö und ü völlig eigenständige Buchstaben. Sie entstanden früher aus den Digraphen ae, oe und ue, indem das e in gebrochener Schreibschrift geschrieben wurde das e diakritisch über den vorausgehenen Vokal geschrieben wurde das Gebroche-Schreibschrift-e unsauber geschrieben wurde, sodass ...


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Ä There's no obvious difference in pronouning Ärzte or Ärmel. As for ätzend, the ä is slightly more "e-like" than the usual ä, as it is a short vowel. Ä is close in pronounciation to the a in that or cap - an a pronounced more "e-like". Ö Is pronounced like the u in purse or the e in Perth. EDIT: It is possible to practice the ö by forming an o with your ...



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