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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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Why is “Verb” pronounced [vɛrp], not [fɛrp]? [duplicate]

Is there a rule for such exceptions?
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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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pronunciation of the -ig suffix as [ɪç] or [ɪk], is it regional? [duplicate]

I am was pronouncing gestrig as [ˈɡɛstʀɪç], rhyming with mich [mɪç]. My Austrian colleague did not understand me until she said, oh, you mean [ˈɡɛstʀɪk]. Wiktionary lists both the [ɪç] and [ɪk] ...
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What kind of sound changes when hundert followed by drei? [closed]

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]?