I have noticed that in some accents the "r" sound is more trilled. But does this happen in every accent?

In this video I cannot tell any difference between the two.

  • I guess it depends on the dialect. In Hochdeutsch there is no difference.
    – tavkomann
    Jun 7 '18 at 13:48
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    The difference is simple: "r" is voiced, "ch" is unvoiced. The differences between "r" sounds in different words is much more subtle and subject to dialects and ideolects. Jun 8 '18 at 6:23

The main difference between rauchen and brauchen is the r is at the beginning of the syllable in rauchen. If so, it has to make a sound. There aren't any silent sounds in German pronounciation.

In brauchen however, the r can become almost silent, a lot of speakers will simple aspirate it, making it sound as ch. Other speakers use the same r as at the beginning of a syllable.

It's more a matter of personal preference than of dialect, but southern speakers may even roll the r.

  • The /r/ cannot become silent in the word brauchen. Otherwise, it would sound like Bauch, which it certainly does not.
    – mach
    Jun 10 '18 at 7:56
  • That's why I wrote almost.
    – Janka
    Jun 10 '18 at 12:04

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