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Pronunciation of the verb 'surfe'

The verb surfen as in 'Ich surfe nie.', how should I pronounce this verb? If it were pure Deutsch word, it would be like 'ZOOR-fuh', but I heard it pronounced as 'SUHR-fuh' as in the English word surf....
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Spricht man das 'r' in 'stottern'?

Ist das 'r' hörbar bei dem Wort 'stottern'? Wenn nicht, warum und gibt es ein Regel für ähnliche Worte?
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German pronunciation of English words

Anglicisms are common in German, but often they don't follow either the usual German pronunciation rules or the English pronunciation. Examples (pronunciations use IPA): TV Series (English) / TV-Serie ...
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Welche Aussprache des Buchstaben j ist häufiger/üblicher - [ʝ] oder [j]?

Zum Beispiel werden in diesem Hörbeispiel auf dict.cc vom Wort "jemand" (du musst auf den kleinen Lautsprecher klicken) 4 von den 5 menschlichen Beispielen mit [ʝ] ausgesprochen (die einzige ...
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Pronunciation of CH in zunächst

According to https://www.andrew.cmu.edu/user/ujf/blog/German_ch.html, CHS is usually pronounced as the English X (which is equivalent to /ks/ in IPA), except when the S is added a suffix (e.g. ...
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Aussprache von "Spaß"

In einer Antwort zu einer anderen Frage schrieb HalvarF: Natürlich gibt es auch Zweifelsfälle, die explizit geregelt sind. Der wahrscheinlich bekannteste ist das Wort "Spaß", das in manchen ...
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Why is the Sk digraph in "Skizzieren" [sk] pronounced different from the Sk in "Ski" [sh]?

In the German language, K always produces the [k] sound in English words like "king" and S produces either the [s] sound, but often the [z] sound aswell especially when it is the first ...
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Warum hat das 'V' in 'Vene' nicht einen f-Klang?

Ich bin ziemlich überrascht davon dass das Wort Vene nicht als "Fe-ne" gesprochen wird. Warum has das 'V' hier eine ungewöhnliche Rolle? Ist es eine besondere Ausnahme oder gibt es mehrere ...
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Pronunciation of the letter "t" - to stop or not to stop?

I've noticed that in German, as in English, there are two pronunciations of the letter "t" - the full version and the stopped version. In English, we use the stopped version a lot - whenever ...
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Wie hört sich 'zuzumachen' an - als ein Wort oder drei?

Er hatte vergessen, das Fenster zuzumachen. So soll das letzte Wort ja aussehen. Aber hört/empfindet/versteht man es nicht eher als 'ZU zu machen', was eine solche Schreibweise gewissermaßen ...
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Why is "man" pronounced like "Mann"?

I have listened to multiple sound samples and "man" sounds to me like "Mann". Is there a difference? For example, in "Schwan", "Kran", "Plan", "...
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How do Germans pronounce "Willst du auch etwas?"

When German native speakers say "Willst du auch etwas?", do they pronounce it: willst du aufas listening to a "learning with locals" videos and that's all I hear. Is it right to ...
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Gibt es Minimalpaare unter ŋɡ, ŋ, nɡ, ŋk, nk?

Gibt es Minimalpaare unter ŋɡ, ŋ, nɡ, ŋk, nk? Am interessantesten wären natürlich welche unter den ersten drei bzw. letzten zwei, da diese jw. gleichgeschrieben werden.
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Pronunciation of a in standard Austrian German

After listening to some Austrian German I have noticed that 'a' sometimes is pronounced /o̞/, e.g. the word "sagst" is pronounced /so̞gst/ instead of /sɑgst/ as it would be in Standard ...
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Aussprache von CH nach R (durch, Arche, Kirche, ...)

In einer anderen Frage wurde gefragt, wie das R im Wort »Furcht« auszusprechen sei. In meiner Antwort habe ich zwar die gestellte Frage beantwortet, bin dann aber in den Kommentaren auf einen Fehler ...
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Aussprache des Worts "Furcht"

Bin mir nicht sicher, wie man das Wort 'Furcht' korrekt ausspricht. Wird bei dem Wort das 'r' gesprochen? Soll das so was wie 'Fu-richt' ausgesprochen werden? Hörbeispiele helfen nicht viel.
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Difficult to distinguish the pronunciation between "musste" and "müsste"

It is quite difficult to distinguish the sound of the words musste from müsste. Are these sounds also difficult for germans to distinguish in speech? Are there tips or resources to better produce and ...
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Why are there two different pronunciations for the word Tee?

I found in the German dictionary that the word Tee has two pronunciations. It sounds [te:] for the drink and [ti:] for the tool used for American football or golf. I think the former is the standard ...
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How do you write Pelé phonetically in German?

I was hearing the news in German and the recently deceased soccer player Pelé (Edson Arantes do Nascimento) was mentioned. I want to know how his name is written phonetically in German. I'm used to ...
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Is the word "isch" only Swiss-German?

ig bi Kafka und Kafka isch mi Swiss people replace the German word ist (is) with isch, like in the example above, but is this exclusive to their country, or just specific German-speaking cantons? ...
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How to pronounce the g at the end of König or Leipzig in German?

As you see, the following are international phonetics in German for König and Leipzig: [ˈkøːnɪç] [ˈlaɪptsɪç] My question is how to pronounce the g, i.e., [ç] properly? Does it pronounce as close as ch ...
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How should I read "Julius Wilhelm Richard Dedekind" in German?

How should I read "Julius Wilhelm Richard Dedekind" in German? Please use the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) for German to show how to read it.
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Origin and pronunciation of "verbugt"

I recently saw this in an on-line forum about a computer game. It doesn't seem to appear in dictionaries, but I think the meaning is clear from the structure of the word and a bit of context; German ...
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Is nutzen etymologically related to English “to use”? [closed]

Is the German verb “nutzen” etymologically related to the English verb “to use”? Before looking into it a little bit, I had guessed that they were related via a rebracketing thing, but then I learned ...
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How to pronounce "Gröbner"?

I'm a math PhD student and a very important concept for my work is that of a Gröbner basis, named after Austrian mathematician Wolfgang Gröbner. My colleagues all disagree on the correct pronunciation ...
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A word with several long vowels?

The grammar says that a German vowel is long if it is followed by a single consonant. So I think this word * Ökologie* should be pronounced as /ø ː ko ː lo ː ɡiː/, because every vowel in it is ...
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Why is Entschuldigung pronounced as ent-shuldigung instead of en-chu-ldigung?

Why is Entschuldigung pronounced as ent-shu-ldigung instead of en-chu-ldigung? For example, the 'tschu' in "tschüss" is pronounced as chu.
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Deutsche Tonalität

Ich bin Spanier, bin auch in Spanien aufgewachsen, und habe etwa mit zwölf Jahren angefangen, Deutsch zu lernen, was mir immer sehr viel Spaß gemacht hat. Seit ein paar Jahren lebe ich auch hier in ...
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Pronunciation of name "Matei" by native German speakers

We are considering naming our son "Matei", however as we live in a German-speaking country, we worry that native speakers of German would pronounce it /ma'tai/, different from the name's ...
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(German) Do the words "schwitzen" and "wichsen" rhyme?

I have been in heated debate with a friend of mine who argues vehemently that these words, which I think do rhyme according to the common definitions, do not rhyme. Do they? Also do "Polster"...
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Ist der Gebrauch von [æ] (bzw. Ä) im Schweizerdeutschen ungewöhnlich?

In schweizerdeutschen Dialekten wird das Zeichen [æ] des Internationalen Phonetischen Alphabets (bzw. der Buchstabe Ä in alltäglicher Verschriftlichung) oft für einen Laut wie in den folgenden ...
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Numbers in Swiss-German dialects

Read somewhere that the numbers 2 and 3 are "zwoi" and "drüü" in some Swiss-German dialect as opposed to "zwei" and "drei" in high German. Not sure which one ...
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What does lozärner mean?

There's a word that's spelled as "Lüzerner", but what is lozärner supposed to mean and how is it different? How is their pronunciation different?
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Warum "buchhalterisch" auf der vorletzten Silbe betonen? [duplicate]

Warum wird buchhalterisch manchmal auch gleich noch so stark auf der vorletzten Silbe betont, so als wollte es sich auf Tee reimen? [1] Das habe ich zuweilen nur von wenigen Leuten, dann aber ...
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Warum das 'e' manchmal wie 'i' klingt

Wenn ein Wort zwei "e" in Silben zusammen hat, wird das erste oft "i", B.s: verstehen = vastihen ausgesprochen. Warum? Ist es der Beginn der Trennung der Buchstaben- und Vokallaute ...
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What's the standard pronunciation?

Do you know "nicos weg"? I am studying while watching the a1 video. There is a part that says "kein Problem" at the beginning of the video. However, no matter how slow you play it, ...
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Wie wird der Name Eliena ausgesprochen

Wie wird der Name Eliena richtig ausgesprochen. Eli-ena oder Elina nur mit langgezogenen "I" Könnte man es so und so aussprechen? Vielen Dank
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Is Liszt really pronounced like the English word "list"?

I would think Franz Liszt's surname would be pronounced "least" or "leasht," but according to this, it is pronounced "list." Is that true? If so, why?
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Wie spricht man den Namen Pahl aus?

How would German native speakers typically pronounce the family name Pahl? I know a family, who live in an English speaking country, that pronounce it with an English “aw” vowel sound - same as “Paul”....
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Meine Aussprache von Wörtern endend auf "en" (mit einem Verschlusslaut davor)

Meine Muttersprache ist Deutsch und ich wundere mich über meine Aussprache von Wörtern, die mit einem Verschlusslaut und darauf folgend "en" enden. Beispiele mit allen Verschlusslauten wären ...
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How can I distinguish between close and close-mid long vowels more easily?

I have trouble distinguishing between long close vowels ([i:], [u:] and [ü:]) and close-mid vowels ([e:], [o:] and [ö:]). For example, when I hear a new word (for example, Löwe) I find it hard to tell ...
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Spricht man das 'r' in "Verlust"?

Bei der Aussprache des Wortes "Verlust", spricht man das 'r'? Und auch wenn ja, tut man es immer, oder darf/will man es manchmal (zum Beispiel, wenn schnell gesprochen wird) auslassen?
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Sprechpause bei "Gendergap" - Beispiele für solche Pausen außerhalb des "Genderns"

Es geht hier nicht um Meinungen oder Einstellungen zur Sinnhaftigkeit! Mir geht es um eine "technische" Frage, die den Leitlinien der Meta-Diskussion folgt. Im Beispiel Schüler:Innen (oder ...
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I need some German middle words p and b minimal pairs

The letters p and b should be in the middle of the words, and please not like this: "tribe" and "tripe", because they pronounced here as the last sound.
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About the -er pronunciation in German

Ok, so I understand -er is almost always pronounced as a shwa or "uh". Often it goes all the way to an "ah" sound in German in my experience. Non-native speakers of German that ...
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pronunciation of e in the word geradeaus

I have recently started learning German, and I am facing a great deal of pain in pronouncing 'e'. I am not a native English speaker, but I am speaking it since I can remember. So while learning German ...
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Minimalpaar h ↔︎ ch

Ein Minimalpaar ist ein Paar, das aus zwei sehr ähnlichen Wörtern besteht, die sich in der Aussprache nur durch einen einzigen Laut unterscheiden. Beispielsweise unterscheidet sich die Paare Kiste = [...
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Why is the Ch in Chiemsee & Cham not [h] but [k]?

I know that Chemnitz is not pronounced [Hem-nits] but [Kem-nits] due to its Slavic etymology origin (Kamenitsa/Kamienitsa etc.) But if so, why isn't it then spelled Kemnitz? That brings me to my ...
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Deutsche Mundart die mit Macht / Ehre assoziiert wird? [duplicate]

Ich möchte gern wissen, ob es beim deutschen Sprachraum sowas gibt wie einen gewissen Dialekt oder eine gewisse Mundart, oder vielleicht auch nur kleinere Abweichungen zur Aussprache einer Person, die ...
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Does this East-Austrian speaker have a Slavic accent?

I was watching a travel video about Burgenland (Austria), and was taken aback by the interview with this woman, at 2:41 here: https://youtu.be/Gf609dfRevM?t=134 There's also an interview with her ...
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