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Questions tagged [pronunciation]

Aussprache - Questions on how to correctly speak a word.

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What kind of sound changes when hundert followed by drei?

I feel very odd when the guy pronouncing this word 663, sechshundertdreiund... becomes something like sechshund??reiund.... I'm a beginner, so please analyze the sound change for me, thanks a lot. ...
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Is there a rule for realizing a-schwa before vowels as [r] at words boundaries?

I know that Standard German pronunciation is strictly governed by rules, i.e. the pronunciation of originally German words are to a large extent predicted. However, I don't know whether there is a ...
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Cornelsen - Why pronounced with long “e”

I know the syllable structure is cor-nel-sen So it should be pronounced with a short "e", isn't it? Or maybe because it is a last name the rules don't apply here?
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Sounds change flavour depending on neighbours

Epenthesis phenomenon: an [i] sound within Ahornstraße 2, I hear the word as Ahorn[i]straße 2. When t followed by Gr as in: Ist da nicht Gräfinger?, I feel like the final t of nicht turns to a ...
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Is it eins or einz?

The phonetic transcription of the word eins is [ains] but in many cases (to my non-native ears), it is actually pronounced as [aints] even in the German textbook. So which one is correct?
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Trying to figure out the difference between pronouncing short o and short u

According to this video, the [u] letter as in Hund [hʊnt] is the short version of [o:] instead of [u:], but as I know, there is another letter [o] as in Millionär [mɪli̯oˈnɛ:ɐ̯] being the short ...
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The pronunciation of German “e” in “Themen aktuell”

I'm new to German, I select Themen aktuell as my textbook, but it confuses me at the very first stage. Feel free to watch this lesson here. Don't worry, it's very short :) The speaker pronounces ...
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How do I pronounce words of Latin or Greek origin in German?

Since I am a doctor, I often encounter medical terms which can be very hard to pronounce. Although I can easily read the phonetic alphabet, I can not find these words in normal dictionaries like Duden ...
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Are the first two letters of “jung” and “jünger” sometimes pronounced the same?

According to the letters the sounds in the beginning of "jung" is [ju] and in the beginning of "jünger" is [jy]. While is there synaeresis (even "j" is regarded as a consonant) combining [ju] or [jy] ...
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What is the pronunciation of the prefixes “ver-” and “ge-”?

Should "ver-" be pronounced as [fɐ] or [fɛɐ]? Should "ge-", be pronounced as [gə] or [gɛ]?
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What is the German Homophonic Group?

This is inspired by an exercise from Michael Artin's Algebra on, well, abstract algebra. This exercise for the English language is kind of like a formalisation of the joke that sin(x)/n = 6. Letters ...
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Should the vowel also become a bit more open before consonant cluster by conjugation? [closed]

segeln > segle lesen > lest Is the e changed from [e] to [ɛ]? the e in essen and gehen is different.
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Wird das l bei “im Detail” gesprochen?

Ich habe schon mehrmals bemerkt, dass der Ausdruck im Detail [im Detai] ausgesprochen wird. Stimmt das oder habe ich es falsch gehört? Den letzten Anlass zu dieser Annahme gab mir dieses Video (ab 0:...
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Pronunciation of consonants at a word-border

How to pronounce "Was sind …" and other consequence when a final voiceless consonant meets an initial voiced consonant? When [t] and [z] meet: Wie alt sind Sie? nicht sehr (together as [tsʰ], [...
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Rauchen, brauchen, what is the exact phonetic difference between the “r” and “ch” sounds in these words, if there is any?

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.
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Aussprache von 'Ordnung' - Ort? oder Ord?

Meine Damen und Herren, eine Frage nach der Aussprache von 'd' vor einem anderen Konsonant. Widmung [ˈvɪtmʊŋ] Ordnung [ˈɔʁdnʊŋ] Warum sind sie unterschiedlich? In der Ausspracheregel steht: Am Wort ...
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Prosodic problem in U-Bahn announcement?

I have recently started travelling by U-Bahn in a German city. Before each stop passengers are told: Nächste Station Heddernheim. Ausstieg in Fahrt richtung links. Nächste Station Dornbusch. ...
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“Genu-k” vs “Genu-g”? How do you pronounce it?

Is it Genu-g or Genu-k?? Or is it a matter of dialects? What I hear (and use) is a "g" sound as in the word "Tag". Anyone here pronounces it Genuk? In wiktionary it says [ɡəˈnuːk] and [taːk] ...
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Last “e” sound in schreiben

IPA says [ˈʃʀaɪ̯bn̩] Is the "e" here fully suppressed? I thought there supposed to be a schwa sound here. It sounds "schreibn". The same with the verbs machen and lachen in IPA it shows no schwa. ...
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Is there a German dialect where “w” is pronounced as it is in US English?

When I hear Americans pronounce words and names of German origin, they almost always pronounce w as if it were in an American English word. This got me wondering: I’m sure most or almost all of these ...
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Pronouncing 'zehn'

Checking multiple sources online, zehn is pronounced like 'zeen' as in the English 'seen'. A friend who has been taking some German lessons at the GI is learning it as 'zaen', as in the English 'zen'. ...
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Ist “Borschtsch” ein einsilbiges Wort?

In einen Sketch zweier österreichischer Kabarettisten, wird das längste einsilbige, deutsche Wort gesucht. Die Lösung wird mit Borschtsch (der traditionelle russische Eintopf) gefunden. Als Zugabe, ...
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Wie spricht man im Deutschen “Excel” aus?

Ein beliebtes Computerprogramm zum Rechnen in Tabellen ist unter dem Namen "Excel" bekannt. Der Name referiert, wie man vermuten kann, sowohl auf "exzellent" wie auch auf Tabellenkästchen (Englisch: ...
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Korrekte Aussprache von 'van Gogh'

In einer englischen Panelshow wurde große Freude erzeugt durch die Frage nach der 'korrekten' Aussprache des Namens des Malers Vincent van Gogh. In der deutschen Wikipedia steht: [ɡɔx, niederländisch ...
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Where do people say bege_ich_net instead of bege_g_net for “begegnet?”

I was watching a German Roman Catholic Priest speak recently in a youtube video, and he said this, which surprised me because it sounded to me like dialect. I know it's common to hear wenig or häufig ...
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Gab es einen deutschen “posh accent”?

Zu Weihnachten lief natürlich wieder "Die Feuerzangenbowle" im Fernsehen. Dieses Jahr habe ich den Film zum ersten Mal wirklich bewusst angesehen, und die Sprechweise von Professor Crey hat mich ...
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Warum gibt's keinen Umlaut für e und i?

Warum gibt's keinen Umlaut für e und i? Oder, anders gesagt: Warum gibt es ä, ö, ü in der deutschen Sprache, aber nicht ï und ë?
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Pronunciation of würden

I've got the idea of werden, würden, wurden etc. However, my German teacher pronounces würden like wurden, which I believe is wrong as I have listened to German singers say it differently. How is it ...
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How to pronounce Zoe(y), Lucy, Amy and Stella as German names?

I noticed that there are German friends who have such English-like names. I pronounce these names in English as: Zoe(y): ZO-ee, /zoːi/ Lucy: LOO-see, /luːsi/ Amy: AY-mee, /eimi/ Stella: STEL-ə, /...
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Klingt Reich-Ranicki wie ein Deutschmuttersprachler?

Hier ist eine rührende Lobrede auf Heinrich Böll vom berühmten Literaturkritiker Reich-Ranicki. Dieser Kritiker spricht offensichtlich ein äußerst elegantes Deutsch, obwohl seine Muttersprache ...
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Warum werden Sustantive mit Endung auf -ie unterschiedlich ausgesprochen: wie in “Historie” oder wie in “Amnesie”?

Als ich den mathematischen Begriff "Trajektorie" gelesen habe, bin ich davon ausgegangen, er werde am Ende mit langgezogenem "-i" ausgesprochen. Später habe ich herausgefunden, das Wort endet wie "...
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Podcasts about the German language

I'm searching for podcasts that are about the German language, discussing etymology, language history and the like. Preferably in German but other languages are also of interest. I've tried ...
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Wie ist die Aussprache des Plural von »Status«?

Der Plural von Status wird ebenfalls Status geschrieben. Eine Freundin erzählte mir einmal, dass bei der Aussprache des Plural das u als ü gesprochen wird, also Statüs. Weder auf Wiktionary, noch auf ...
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Frage zur Artikulation und Aussprache

Sehr oft hört man eine wirklich abgeschliffene Artikulation im Alltagsgespräch, besonders bei jüngeren Sprechern und vorwiegend im Norden. Ich als Nichtmuttersprachler finde es richtig schwierig ...
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Google translator for improvement

I learnt a new word die Regierung. I got the pronunciation from dict.cc. But Google translator is not able to understand my pronunciation. Since I don't have someone who can check with my ...
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What, technically, is the rule on whether to pronounce a “d” in a german word as a 't' or a 'd'?

I know the "d" in German tends to be voiced when its at the start of a words and voiceless when its at the end, but I've never really known what the rule technically is.
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Unterschiedliche Aussprache des ST

Wenn ich ein Wort wie einst einstig einstweilig sage, spreche ich das s in st wie s in Englisch. Aber habe ich ein st wie in diesen Wörtern: Einsturz Einstieg Einstimmung dann spreche ich ...
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How do I pronounce the letter “r” after a vowel? [duplicate]

In some words, like Arbeit, morgen, Universität and gern, the r should be pronounced as ʁ. But in fact, I can't hear any ʁ when listening to the pronunciation of these words. I think the ʁ might be ...
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Were ü and y pronounced as ie at the time of Beethoven?

While listening to Beethoven's 9th symphony 4th movement I noticed that "Elysium" sounds more like "Eliesium", and "Brüder" sounds similar to "Brieder" (example on Youtube). Moreover, even if we just ...
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Aussprache von »Kaffee«

Warum wird in Deutschland (zumindest in den meisten Teilen Deutschlands) die erste Silbe des Worts »Kaffee« betont, und die zweite Silbe eher kurz ausgesprochen? In Österreich wird die zweite Silbe ...
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bairisch <===> boarisch

Die unterschiedliche Schreibweise (bayerisch, bayrisch, bairisch) mit ihren Bedeutungen wird hier im Netz zwar hinreichend erklärt, doch bisher habe ich noch nirgends etwas gefunden, was erklärt, ...
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How will the name Vega be pronounced in German?

With an /f/ or with a /v/ (f and v like in English..)? And while we're at it, How does this name sound in German? Does it have any bad associations?
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Wie bekommt man das rollende r weg?

Das rollende "r" ist etwas, woran man erkennt, dass man mit einem Nicht-muttersprachler redet, egal wie gut dieser spricht. Im Grunde ist das kein großes Problem, doch bei Wörtern wie "Regen" "Brief" ...
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Deutsche Klassik in originaler Aussprache?

Im englischsprachigen Raum gibt es seit etwas mehr als zehn Jahren Bestrebungen dazu, englische Klassiker – allen voran Shakespeare – in möglichst originaler Aussprache aufzuführen, vgl. dazu insb. ...
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How do you pronounce the ä in fällst or fällt?

My German book [1] says that ä is pronounced like the "ay" in "say". However, I have difficulty pronouncing it this way in words like fällt or fällst. Does the double consonant after ä shorten the ...
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What is the proper pronunciation of 'sh' when the s and the h form the end and beginning of two subwords, respectively?

I spent some time in the small town of Germersheim, near Karlsruhe. As an American, and being around mostly Americans, I would hear the name pronounced such that the 'sh' sounds like the 'sh' in '...
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Why are some words spelled with “tz” if “z” already has the “ts” sound?

I’ve never quite understood why some German words have tz, since the t doesn’t seem to provide any help in pronunciation as the sound it represents is already included in z. My recent exposure is due ...
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How do you pronounce the “g” in “Heiligtum”? [duplicate]

In the Ode to Joy lyrics, the phrase "Himmlische, dein Heiligtum" appears early on. When I listen to the musical setting, in Beethoven's 9th, it is hard for me to discern from the voice of the tenor ...
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Kinds of German rounded front vowel

I thought there are two rounded vowels in German as in French 'oui'(u- front rounded?) and 'soeur'(o-like front rounded?). but I find three or more of them and I'm confused... One is ø : der knödel [...
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Allophones of the uvular trill consonant

This is my humble apology to you all. This kind of question already exists in many forms here, but I felt the need to reconstruct it in my own way to my better understanding. But I'll mention some of ...