Is there any resource on the internet where it is explained on how to pronounce characters like:




and so on?

  • Special characters don't have a sound associated with them, but certain words - or pauses- are inserted where they are or the intonation of text near them is changed. Jul 26, 2023 at 13:00
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    A (non-exhaustive) list can be found on Wikipedia Jul 27, 2023 at 5:26
  • Actually this question consists of two parts: One is what the names of these characters are in German, and the second is how these names are pronounced.
    – RHa
    Jul 27, 2023 at 21:33

3 Answers 3


Let us reframe this question as

1. What are the names of those special characters in German, what would a German native speaker call each of them?

Synonyms ordered by (my subjectively perceived) frequency in daily use, further biased by being an IT professional:

# Raute, Hash (anglicism), Doppelkreuz, Kanalgitter (AT, informal), Fis (old school, from music theory), more names

/ Schrägstrich, slash (anglicism), sometimes: Vorwärts-Schrägstrich or simply Schräger

\ Backslash (anglicism, de facto terminus technicus), Rückstrich, rare: Rückwärts-Schrägstrich, umgekehrter Schrägstrich

° Grad, Kringel, Ring, Ringerl

^ Dach, hoch (meaning: to-the-power-of), Zirkumflex, Hütchen

" (Doppelte) Anführungszeichen, Anführungsstriche, Doppeltes Hochkomma (to distinguish it from the apostrophe), Krähenfüßchen, Gänsefüßchen. Most of these words are also used for the German ones („ “).

» « , « » französische Anführungszeichen

§ Paragraph

$ Dollarzeichen

% Prozent, Prozentzeichen

& Und-Zeichen, Kaufmännisches Und, Kaufmannsund, Ampersand, et-Zeichen (rare and ambiguous because it sounds like at-Zeichen which would be @)

@ at1, at1-Zeichen, Klammeraffe (informal), Affenschwanz (informal)

~ Tilde, in mathematics also Schlange

' Hochkomma, Apostroph, einfaches Anführungszeichen

´ Akzent, Akut (few people seem to understand this, many confuse it with/use it instead of the apostrophe, which is a typographic nightmare but understandable since in German, we rarely encounter its intended function for the french à, é, ô and the like)

` Akzent, grave-Akzent

| senkrechter Strich, Strich, pipe (in IT)

; Semikolon, Strichpunkt

: Doppelpunkt

_ Unterstrich

{} geschweifte Klammer (auf/zu), geschwungene Klammer

[] eckige Klammer (auf/zu)

() (runde) Klammer (auf/zu)

< Kleinerzeichen, spitze Klammer auf, Spitzklammer auf

> Größerzeichen, spitze Klammer zu, Spitzklammer zu

= ist-gleich, gleich, Gleichheitszeichen

? Fragezeichen

! Ausrufezeichen, Rufzeichen (AT)

* Stern, Sternchen, mal (IT), Asterix (informal), Asterisk (rare)

+ Plus

- Bindestrich, Minus

2. Is there a resource on the internet where it is explained how to pronounce them?

Simply look up the word on Wikipedia or dict.leo.org (as detailed in the other answers here) and listen to the audio.

1 pronounced like english at.

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    "at" follows english pronounciation, which is important to note Jul 27, 2023 at 9:19
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    " - Gänsefüßchen, regionale Tiere vll?
    – Zibelas
    Jul 27, 2023 at 12:34
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    \ is also called Rückstrich
    – user24582
    Jul 27, 2023 at 12:43
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    { und } heißen meiner Ansicht nach üblicherweise "geschweifte Klammer". Jul 27, 2023 at 13:48
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    In der Musik ist das # aber ein Kreuz, kein Fis. Fis wird es erst, wenn es (auf Notenpapier vor dem F) hinter dem F steht, F# ist Fis, aber C# ist Cis, nicht C-Fis. Aug 21, 2023 at 20:25

German Wikipedia. Even if you can't understand enough German to read the text, the boldly written words are names for the signs. Just search for the sign and it will redirect you to the article. E.g.

  1. # Doppelkreuz, Raute
  2. / Schrägstrich
  3. \ Backslash
  4. " Anführungszeichen

The names and their pronunciations are the same: If you wanted to read them out, you would say their names. E.g.: Er sagte Doppelpunkt Anführungszeichen unten Hallo Punkt Anführungszeichen oben for 'Er sagte: „Hallo.“'

  • That I answered does not mean I don't consider if the question should be closed. Checking wikipedia does count as a general source for me...
    – Dodezv
    Jul 26, 2023 at 13:16
  • Sure, but this is not the question. He does not ask for the pronounciation of the names of the signs, but for the pronounciations of the signs themselves. Jul 26, 2023 at 14:08
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    @OranMatheus: Given that the answer was accepted, I doubt your interpretation.
    – guidot
    Jul 26, 2023 at 14:19
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    @Dozdev: For Anführungszeichen there may be no unten / oben depending on typographical choices, as also mentioned on the given Wikipedia page.
    – guidot
    Jul 26, 2023 at 14:24
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    And funnily enough your answer didn't even answer the question, but could basically be considered a "link only" answer. Jul 27, 2023 at 5:40

I think Dodeszv's answer is very good, but maybe this also helps further:

https://dict.leo.org/englisch-deutsch/Anf%C3%BChrungszeichen https://dict.leo.org/englisch-deutsch/Schr%C3%A4gstrich https://dict.leo.org/englisch-deutsch/Raute https://dict.leo.org/englisch-deutsch/Backslash

With the little play symbol next to the german word, you can hear it.


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