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Wie kann man zwischen den Namen der Buchstaben “i” und “e” unterscheiden?

Gibt es überhaupt einen Unterschied in der Aussprache von dem Buchstabe "e" und dem Buchstabe "i"? Ich habe ja keinen gehört (in google translate). Wie weiß man um welchen es sich handelt, wenn man ...
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Pronouncing “ch” [duplicate]

Being new to german and not being used to it I find that Ich is pronounced as itch i.e the the ch is pronounced like ch in chapter Milch is pronounced as mil- sh, ch as sh in shampoo And Mich is ...
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Wieso spricht man die Namen der Buchstaben H und K mit einem A-Laut am Ende aus?

Wieso spricht man die Namen der Buchstaben H und K mit einem A-Laut am Ende aus, anstelle eines E-Lautes, wie etwa beim G? (G deshalb, weil es ja eigentlich nur ein stimmhaftes K ist.) Mir ist ...
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Mir gefällt vs ich mag

I want to say "I am doing this because I like teaching others" and it's not quite clear to me if this should be: "weil ich die andere zu lehren mag" oder "weil mir gefällt, die andere zu lehren" ...
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Hochdeutsch and pronunciation

I have been learning German for the last couple of years using DuoLingo. The dialect taught there is of course Hochdeutsch. I have since finished all DuoLingo content and have now moved on to LingQ. ...
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orthography: voiced sonorant after short vowel, “dusselig”

For the unvoiced sonorant /s/ we have either of both: ß marking /s/ after long vowels "Fuß", "in maßen" double-s to mark /s/ after short vowels "Fluss", "in Massen" Whereas for the voiced ...
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Is Kilometer ever pronounced as 'kaa em' in German?

I am Dutch and I would like to understand if a German native speaker would understand if I pronounce the 'km' abbreviation of the word 'Kilometer' as 'kaa em'.
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Should the German ä be ë? [closed]

In German the umlaut indicates a "narrowing" or "tightening" of the vowel it modifies, e.g o -> ö u -> ü a -> ä But the pronunciation of ä is actually a modification of e. By this ...
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Why was ⟨ß⟩ discontinued in Switzerland?

I can think of three different reasons why ⟨ß⟩ was discontinued in Switzerland. However, I do not know which one to prefer, and there may be other explanations. That is why I am asking. Here are the ...
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How to ask for a date?

How do you ask a woman out on a date in German? I.e. "would you like to go out sometime?"
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“vo” für “vau” der Deutlichkeit halber?

Die deutsche synthetische Stimme, die aus dem GPS-Navigationssystem in unserem Mietwagen kommt, spricht die Autobahnstrecke VR1 auf Madeiera als "vo er eins" aus. Ich habe diese Aussprache "vo" für "...
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How does German j differ from German i?

I understand that in German, the letter j is often used as some kind of i For example: Sowjet means soviet Objekt means object While the words Jannine or Jessica would be transliterated and likely ...
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German vowels audio examples

I'm learning German and I'm looking for audio examples of the German vowels in Standard German. I know in principle no two people pronounce things exactly the same, but just some examples of someone ...
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Pronunciation of Ernst Robert Curtius

I've been reading a book by Ernst Robert Curtius, a 20th. cent. German philologist, and sources online suggest that Curtius is pronounced as "Court-zi-us." I'm wondering where that "z/s" sound after ...
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How can you tell apart the pronunciation at the end between “meine” and “meiner” in the daily spoken situation?

As I tried to listen to the real speaking environment, I can't really see the difference between those. z.B: Ich habe eine nette Mutter. Ich helfe meiner netten Mutter.
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guten appetit oder guten nappetit? Welches ist richtig [closed]

Was ist richtig, guten appetit oder guten nappetit? Ich höre immer "guten nappetit". "guten appetit" oder "guten nappetit"? Welches ist richtig When it's written "guten appetit", why it's pronounced ...
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Stark regional difference between pronunciation of the letter “d” when it precedes “en”?

I read the following post about the rules for pronouncing the letter "d"in German. However, it doesn't seem to address a stark difference I hear between German speakers when the word has a "d" in it ...
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epenthetic /i/ in r, l, n + ch

As a follow-up to a question recently asked (Why doesn't the "ch" pronunciation rule occur for words such as "durch" and "manchmal"?) , I was wondering about the ...
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Why doesn't the “ch” pronunciation rule occur for words such as “durch” and “manchmal”?

German has two different ways to realise ch phonetically: One way (let's call this the hard realisation) like in Kuchen, lachen and kochen is similar to the Spanish J. I have learned that this ...
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Schoasch, Schosef und Schakop

Mein Großvater, geboren 1897 in Straßburg, hat Josef geheißen. Er war bekannt als de' Sepp oder de' Seppel. Dennoch hätte man Josef als Schosef ausgesprochen und nicht /jo:sɛf/. Einen alten Kollegen ...
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Kennzeichnung aspirierter Plosive (z.b. TH in Theater, Thron usw.)

Als Plosive bezeichnet man jene Konsonanten, bei denen der Laut dadurch gebildet wird, dass der Luftstrom für einen kurzen Moment unterbrochen wird. Das anschließende geräuschvolle Entweichen der ...
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Why is the German “qu” pronounced as “kv”?

Why is the German "qu" pronounced as "kv"? Most of the languages I know of pronounce "qu" as "w" and/or "kw". What's the history behind this oddity?
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vowel length in Mutter and Vater

Mutter used to have a long u realized as a diphthong (MHG, OHG muoter). Vater had a short a, as evidenced in the Grimms' remark about Vater : "der stammvocal, im älteren deutsch stets kurz, wird nhd.,...
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What is the correct pronunciation for 'deshalb'

I've heard a lot of people pronounce it like, 'dashalb' but when I looked online for the pronunciation you can hear, 'deshalb'. Is this a regional thing?
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Downloading German pronunciation

Is there a website that has audio for words and will allow me to download the audio so I can use it with my Anki deck so I can learn better?
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Minimalpaare Auslautverhärtung

Mir fallen für die Auslautverhärtung nur einige wenige Minimalpaare mit /d – t/, /z – s/ oder /ɡ – k/ ein: Rad – Rat Bund – bunt reis! – reiss! weis! – weiss lies! – liess Bug – buk Minimalpaare mit ...
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Pronunciation of Kollege

Is "Kollege" pronounced with an open O [kɔˈleːɡə] or a closed O [koˈleːɡə] ? I'd expect to pronounce that word with an open O because 2 consonants follow the O (but exceptions to this rule exist, eg ...
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S-Bahn Question

In the S-Bahn, I keep hearing something like Einsatz bitte or Einstein bitte But I am pretty sure I am misunderstanding the sounds that it is said. The context is the voice in the S-Bahn ...
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Beste Ersatzaussprache für gerundete Vorderzungenvokale beim Deutschlernen?

Vorausgesetzt, jemand spricht Deutsch als Zweitsprache, kann aber die gerundeten Vorderzungenvokale (noch) nicht zuverlässig aussprechen: was ist dann die beste Ersatzaussprache? Hinweise: Bitte ...
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How to properly pronounce ‚ür‘? [duplicate]

I‘ve been struggling with ö and ü but after practice I can eventually pronounce them. But I find myself unable to identify that ‚ü‘ sound in words such as ‚Bürger‘ ‚Mitbürger’ and sometimes even ‚für‘....
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Aussprache Beta

Was ist die korrekte Aussprache für den griechischen Buchstaben in Deutsch? Falls es einen Unterschied macht, wäre ich insbesondere an der Verwendung in Physik/Mathematik interessiert, wo er zum ...
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Additional s sound

Was sind die Vorteile? When I hear the German speaker speak this sentence, it sounds as if he is putting an s at the end of sind, as in Was sinds die Vorteile? Am I hearing this correctly? If so,...
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Long vowel quality before R

I study in Berlin and I've noticed that long vowels preceding an R have a very different quality. In specific, they are consistently more open, sometimes mixing with their "short vowel" equivalent. ...
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Why does the below sentence have a falling intonation?

Sentence: Ja, hier in Bremen ist alles so teuer. What is the rule that makes this sentence with a falling intonation?
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How to pronounce fünf in 45

In several places where I get pronunciations I've come across 45 being pronounced something like fümundvierzig or possibly fünwundvierzig, not the f sound that I would expect. Is this Hochdeutsch and ...
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How to pronounce the 't' in 'Saiten'?

Do I make a clear 't' sound with my tongue or a sort of vague 't' sound with the back of my throat? On forvo the gentleman clearly pronounces the 't' so it sounds like 'Sai-ten' but on other websites ...
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Pronunciation of “Ainpöckisch Bier”

While doing research on German beer, I came across the story that beer from Einbeck, Einbecksch or Einbeckisch Bier, came to be pronounced Ainpöckisch Bier in Bavaria in the 16th century, and this ...
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Simulating the English “ch” with German text to speech engine

I am having the Mac German speech synthesizer Markus speak lyrics to a song. I find his accent charming. The lyrics are in English. For this endeavor, one types text and then passes them to the ...
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Bavarian German pronunciation

I've been studying German for over a year now. I think I could pass a B2 exam. However, being in München, I would like to improve my understanding of the Bavarian dialect, mostly listening ...
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What is the symbol belonging to the IPA that represents the sound of the letter “r” in the word “rot”? [duplicate]

In the Langenscheid dictionary the word "rot" is transcribed as [roːt], that is, that dictionary is saying that the symbol [r] express the "r" sound of the word "rot". However, using table [1] (below),...
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How to understand this stress mark

Duden gives the following transciption for wogen: [voˈɡn̩]. I don't know what to make of it. Before seeing the transription I assumed that e would be silent, and o would be stressed as the only vowel ...
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Was sind die Regeln der hochdeutschen Auslautverhärtung?

Hat Hochdeutsch eine allgemeine Regel für die Auslautverhärtung? Die Buchstaben werden am Wort- und Silbenende wie [p, t, k] ausgesprochen (Auslautverhärtung) (Phonetik lehren und lernen, ...
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Darf man “Quadrat” als [kvatˈʁaːt] aussprechen?

Greift die Regel der Auslautverhärtung auch bei der Silbentrenung "Quad-rat"? Wenn es so ist, darf und soll man doch [kvatˈʁaːt] aussprechen, stimmt es?
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Aussprache von »wollen«

Ich bin mir nicht sicher, ob die »ll« in »wollen« ausgesprochen werden sollen. Ich habe es manchmal so gehört, dass man beim Aussprechen des Wortes den L-Klang nicht ausspricht, und daher klingt es ...
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Aussprache von „wol seyn“

Ist die Aussprache von wol seyn dieselbe wie bei wohl sein? (Stichwort: Der Wanderer an den Mond von Seidl).
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Pronunciation of “Dirichlet”

I am interested in the pronunciation of the name "Dirichlet" as in the mathematician Johann Peter Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet. Specifically, I am interested in whether the final "t" is silent. I have ...
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In “O Tannenbaum”, is “zur Sommerzeit” a tongue-twister for native speakers?

Whenever I sing "O Tannenbaum", I have to concentrate really hard to pronounce the z-S-z correctly (i.e., "ts"-"Z"-"ts" using English sounds) instead of, e.g., z-Z-z (i.e., zur Zommerzeit). Is this ...
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Aussprache von Allianz

Ich habe gesehen, dass die IPA-Aussprache des Worts „Allianz“ aˈli̯anʦ ist, aber der Akzent des Wortes liegt in der zweiten Silbe (also ali̯'anʦ), wie ich es gehört habe. Warum wird die Aussprache so ...
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pronunciation of “böse” and “Börse”

So it's always struck me that the pronunciations for evil and Stock Exchange would seem to be almost identical. Is this true? Or am I missing something in the 'ör' of Börse that makes it sound ...
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Using TTS Engines to find the correct pronounciation [closed]

There should be too many native speakers here, How do you rate TTS (Text to speech) engines on mobile and desktop machines and also there are TTS online like google translate. If someone use them to ...

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