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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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Pronunciation of "oe" in place names

The letter combination "oe" is pronounced like "ö" in the name of the city Oelde, but like "o" in the name of the city Coesfeld. Is there an explanation of this ...
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Pronunciation of die Höhle vs. der Hölle? [closed]

I want to make sure I am not hearing something that isn't there. Take the sentence "Die Höhle in der Hölle" (The cave in hell). When I listen to the sentence on Google Translate, either ...
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Softer vs. harder sounding consonants

I've been studying German using an app as a hobby for some time. Recently I've added Rosetta Stone to my learning as well. It uses multiple people (I assume native speakers) unlike my previous app, ...
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Why is "doofer" pronounced ['doːvɐ] insead of ['doːfɐ]?

Hearing "Zwei Doofe, ein Gedanke" I could not recognize that [ˈdoːvɐ] refears to doofe (my mind tried to write dowe or dowa, but I didn't think of f first). Is there any way to guess when f ...
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Stress in Composita & Southern versus Northern German variants of Standard German in Stress

I (as a Bavarian native speaker) notice that Northern Germans when speaking standard German almost consistently use a different stress in composita, which can sound illogical to the Southern German ...
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Pronunciation of “Schnee” [duplicate]

I am trying to learn German and struggling with some aspects of pronunciation. I have heard the word "Schnee" pronounced here and elsewhere, and it sounds to me like it's pronounced /ʃniː/. ...
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Pronunciation of "R"

I know a similar question has been asked many times before, but I haven't found an exact answer. I have seen and heard the "R" pronounced both as a uvular trill and as a uvular fricative. It ...
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Weshalb schreibt man "löst" nicht mit >ß<?

Es heißt Du löst die Aufgabe. nicht Du lößt die Aufgabe. oder Du löhst die Aufgabe. Da man löst nicht als lösst spricht, frage ich mich, weshalb es nicht lößt oder löhst heißt. Hat es etwas ...
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Herkunft Aussprache Ordinalzahlen 4 "Virrtä" und 7 "Sippte" im Rheinland/Süddeutschland

Verfolgt man bspw. die öffentlich-rechtlichen Medien (wie den DLF, vornehmlich im Rheinland produziert), gibt es offenbar insbesondere im rheinländischen und südlichen Teil Deutschlands die ...
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How is the name Kronecker pronounced?

His name seems to be pronounced by English speaking physicists, who probably do not speak German, as ‘Kronnecker’. What is the correct pronunciation?
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Why does ''tst'' in Geburtstag sound like ''ts'',but not like ''tsh'' [duplicate]

I used FORVO to get right pronounciation and heard ''ts''. How do i know when letters are consonant combinations and when they are not?
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Warum schreibt man «gescheit» mit T?

Warum schreibt man «gescheit» mit T? Das Wort kommt ja von «scheiden» (bedeutet also das Vermögen, gut zu unter-«scheiden»), so dass eigentlich die Schreibung «gescheid» vorzuziehen wäre – wie Grimm ...
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Trilled r's in Die Moritat von Mackie Messer

Bertolt Brecht's performance of Die Moritat von Mackie Messer is sung with heavily trilled r's (see this YouTube video. I'd always put this down to Brecht having been born and raised in Augsburg deep ...
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Pronunciation of ä [duplicate]

AFAIK a short "ä" is always pronounced /ɛ/ in German, but is there a consensus among native German speakers about the pronunciation of a long "ä" ? Different sources say different ...
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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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