# Guten Tag! The “Tag” pronunciation

I wonder if its pronounciation is something like /'tæ:k/ or /'taːk/ or something between them.

Here in Google Translate the pronounciation of "Tag" is /tæk/ but amazingly here the pronounciation of "Tag" is /'te:k/!

Is there any difference?

how should we pronounce "a" in "Tag"?

• Your first link seems wrong, I see no “Tag”. – Carsten S Feb 13 '19 at 17:50
• Please remember to capitalize German nouns. – Carsten S Feb 13 '19 at 17:52

/'taːk/ is the right pronounciation. Tag as a time

/'tæ:k/ is an anglicism, which is the English word 'tag' taken into German Tag as anglicism

• What about /tɒːk/? Is this pronouciation possible? especially "Tag" in the phrase "Guten Tag"? – a.RR Feb 13 '19 at 18:19
• @AmirhoseinRiazi No, in Standard German it's definitely not /tɒːk/ (dialects may differ). It can be /tɑːk/, though, depending of the speaker. – Uwe Feb 13 '19 at 19:00
• there are some dialects where /tɒːk/ is used(mainly South East of Germany), but it would more likely be /dɒːɡ/ ...but in German it's definitly /'taːk/ – miep Feb 13 '19 at 20:19

Maybe Google Translate was confused by the English tag.

See https://www.dict.cc/?s=tag and https://www.dict.cc/?s=guten+tag for some real spoken examples.

The pronunciation is taːk, I have no clue what could have confused Google Translate.

• What about /tɒːk/? Is this pronouciation possible? especially "Tag" in the phrase "Guten Tag"? – a.RR Feb 13 '19 at 18:23
• I guess the word tag like in hashtag could have confused Google. – Rudy Velthuis Feb 17 '19 at 18:46

There is regional variation in the standard pronunciation. In Northern Germany, many people will pronounce this word as [ˈtʰax], whereas in the South, the pronunciation [ˈtʰaːɡ̊] may be more common. The prescriptivist standard pronunciation [ˈtʰaːkʰ] the others have mentioned is probably not much used in actual speech.

• Hmmm... ISTM that the standard ponunciation is often used in standard speech, but perhaps not in the far North or South and certainly not in spoken dialect. – Rudy Velthuis Feb 17 '19 at 18:45