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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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When is "sch" spoken like "sh" and when like "s" "ch"?

Regarding the words like Hose, Dose, Rose the pronunciation of the diminutive (Höschen, Döschen, Röschen) is with an explicit "s" phoneme. Opposite to the usual "sch" pronunciation. Is this a rule? (...
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Wie wird das Adjektiv zum Buchhalter richtig betont?

Warum wird eigentlich das gute und urdeutsche Wort buchhalterisch (Also das Adjektiv zu Buchhalter bzw. Buchhaltung) das meinem Sprachgefühl nach auf der ersten Silbe betont gehört, von vielen ...
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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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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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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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Which German dialects roll the 'R'?

I've noticed that the Bayern accent, or at least the München and Ansbach accents, have a hard roll of the 'R's. In addition, the DW newscast has the occasional R-roll. Yet the two other regions that ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Gibt es ein Minimalpaar für die beiden deutschen ch-Laute (ç und χ)?

Ich suche (aus reiner Neugierde) zwei deutsche Worte, deren Aussprache sich nur durch einen Austausch der folgenden beiden Laute unterscheidet: [χ] – ch wie in Bach, Buch, doch [ç] – ch wie in ich, ...
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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 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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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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How is the ending -ig pronounced, and where?

I've heard the following alternatives for pronouncing the ending -ig of words like fertig and lustig: /ɪç/ (as in mich) /ɪʃ/ (as in Fisch) /ɪg/ /ɪk/ Where are the different pronunciations used? Are ...
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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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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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How much are colloquial reductions of spoken German taught?

Sometimes I ask myself how clear a Non-German can understand spoken German when it comes to reductions like hammer / simmer / gehmer - haben wir / sind wir / gehen wir haste / biste / weißte - hast ...
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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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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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A strange greeting! Servos?

Ever since I have arrived in Germany, I have been picking up words I hear often and then going back home to check their meanings. There is one word that still baffles me. It is a form of greeting. ...
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Milch? Milsh? Why the pronunciation difference?

I'm working my way through the Pimsleur German series, and I've noticed that one of the speakers has what seems to me a strange pronunciation of the word Milch. He pronounces the ch like the sh sound ...
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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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Noob question about German pronunciation

Let me first give a big fat disclaimer that I essentially know no German at all. Being an IPA junkie I just decided to read about German orthography and (epicfailingly) try to read out some German for ...
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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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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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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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Pronunciation of the surname Ruhle

I live in Australia and I had a big family gathering over the weekend. We know that our ancestors moved to Australia from Germany in the late 1800s. There was a big argument over how to properly ...
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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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How should one pronounce "Denglisch" words when one is a native English speaker?

I'm not sure if this question is completely on-topic since I think it's largely a cultural question rather than being strictly about German language, but I noticed a pronunciation tag so I thought it ...
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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 are “vier” and the beginning of “vierzehn” not pronounced the same?

Why is vier in the beginning of vierzehn [ˈfɪrʦeːn] not pronounced the same as the standalone vier [fiːɐ]?
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Why is "-kai" in "Handelskai" pronounced "-ki"?

There is a street and U-Bahn station in Vienna called Handelskai. Over the speakers in subway and busses I always hear it pronounced like "Handelski". However, other "Kais" (eg. "Franz-Josefs-Kai") ...
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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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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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