When I first saw Pommes Frites I assumed the es would be pronounced, but it mostly seems like speakers say:

pohm freet

Rather than my initial assumption of something like:

pohm-ez freet-z

Why are the es on both words almost not pronounced?

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Pommes Frites is of French/Belgian origin and therefore pronounced (almost) as in French, with the typical German errors in speaking French. Germans pronounce either /pɔm fʀɪts/ (this is more common) or /pɔm fʀɪt/ (which is the correct French pronunciation).

Regional short forms are Pommes (pronounced /pɔməs/) and Fritten (/fʀɪtn/). In the short form

Eine Portion Pommes¹.

the ~es is often emphasized. For entertainment purposes, you might google 'Imbißdeutsch at youtube', where you find a funny video about North German slang.

  • ~es is also not spoken by Germans who simply try to speak German without trying to speak French or even guessing, this were French.
    – Toscho
    Commented Mar 8, 2013 at 6:33
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    @userunkown I added some pronounciation examples. Hope you don't mind.
    – user1914
    Commented Mar 8, 2013 at 8:50
  • mind googling youtube will not help
    – Vogel612
    Commented Mar 8, 2013 at 12:52
  • you still cannot google @ youtube ;)
    – Vogel612
    Commented Mar 11, 2013 at 14:26
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    @Vogel612 Googeln hat inzwischen eine Bedeutung angenommen, die über die Benutzung der Suchmaschine gleichen Namens hinausgeht. Siehe Tempos.
    – user1914
    Commented Mar 12, 2013 at 15:42

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