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I have checked Leo, Duden and some other online dictionaries but can not get a clear answer. I am curious how you as native speaking Germans would pronounce the word:

daneben

According to Wiktionary the pronunciation is: [ˈdaːneːbm̩]. Can this word be pronounced: [ˈdaːneːbn]?

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In careful speech, it's [daˈneːbən], but the usual pronunciation is [daˈneːbm̩]: The schwa after /b/ is dropped, so the final /n/ becomes syllabic, moreover /n/ is assimilated to /b/, so it is turned into a syllabic /m/.

Note: In most contexts, I would not stress the first syllable, and if /a/ is not stressed, I would not pronounce it as a long vowel.

  • regionally that final bn might even morph into a wn-sound – Vogel612 Dec 25 '16 at 17:36
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DUH - nae - Bin, whereas the DUH and B are stressed, and the i is as short as possible — you really want it to sound like Bin or Bun but extremely short vowels, it’s just — Bn.

you could also just say -naeBn as one syllable, drawing it together a bit, speaking it faster, but it can be tricky and you have to try what you like better.

There is an n at the end of the word and you hear it, but it’s a bit softer because of the strong B sound before. In German, that super short vowel in there is an e from daneben, which in that case is spoken as a very short öh or uh — it just not there.

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    I have a hard time understanding your ‘pronunciation syllabics’. Why don’t you use IPA? – Jan Nov 11 '16 at 19:24

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