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?


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 Mar 8 '13 at 6:33
  • 4
    @userunkown I added some pronounciation examples. Hope you don't mind. – user1914 Mar 8 '13 at 8:50
  • mind googling youtube will not help – Vogel612 Mar 8 '13 at 12:52
  • you still cannot google @ youtube ;) – Vogel612 Mar 11 '13 at 14:26
  • 2
    @Vogel612 Googeln hat inzwischen eine Bedeutung angenommen, die über die Benutzung der Suchmaschine gleichen Namens hinausgeht. Siehe Tempos. – user1914 Mar 12 '13 at 15:42

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.