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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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Problem differentiating between [i:] and [e:]

I am trying to learn proper pronunciation and so far it is not problematic however since most is very consistent (at least for now), but I have a problem differentiating between the [i:] (long i) and [...
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How is “ch” pronounced correctly?

I've become interested in learning German again. When I looked up some basic lessons to get myself started, I found this on about.com. If you click on any of those words, you can hear the word said by ...
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Pronunciation of 'r' in German

According to the answer of @what to the question Pronunciation of “lernst” there are 3 different ways to pronounce the alphabet r in German: voiced uvular fricative [ʁ] (splattne's sample) uvular ...
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R's: Trilled R, Uvular Fricative R, and Uvular Trill R

I've read that the Bavarian accent (or the southern regions in general) uses a trilled R -- IPA [r] -- instead of the "standard" voiced uvular fricative -- IPA [ʁ]. I've also read that the uvular ...
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What is the difference in pronunciation of the letters E and I?

I watched a few videos on the German alphabet, like these two: 1, 2. It seems that the difference between E and I is very subtle – both sound like the English ee to me. How do I make sure I pronounce ...
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Is there a practical difference between "e" and "ä"?

The graphemes <e> and <ä> share only the phoneme /ε/. In practice, do people make and notice the difference of the rest of the phonemes? Which problems, if any, would not bothering to make ...
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Pronunciation of “lernst”

It’s easy to pronounce the letter r in lernen. But when it comes to pronouncing lernst, it becomes really hard to keep pronouncing r next to nst. Listening to some native speaker pronunciations (like ...
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Pronunciation of short German ü

Is a short ü (notated [ʏ] and found in 'Rücken' or 'gefüllt' or 'fünf') pronounced like (obviously except in duration): (1) a long ü ([y] / 'üben' or 'früh') or (2) a long ö ([ø] / 'schön' ...
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The pronunciation of "e" is so confusing!

I was told that the first e in "leben" or "stehen" or "sehr" are pronounced like the e in "pet" (Eng.). However, all German singers and speakers seem to ...
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Audio Aussprachewörterbuch für "offline usage" für das iPad?

Ich brauche akustische Ausspracheangaben (audio pronunciations) fürs iPad; auch für "offline usage". Chats zum Thema hier und hier. Wo finde ich solche? P.s. Ich versuche auch ein Englisch-Deutsch-...
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Schibboleths für verschiedene norddeutsche Regionen?

Schibboleths sind Wörter, anhand deren Aussprache man die Herkunft des Sprechers zuordnen kann. Ganz allgemeines Beispiel für Muttersprachler vs. Ausländer: "Streichholzschächtelchen". Für den ...
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Do you always pronounce ST as SHT?

If you have a word like 'Strasse' and it forms part of a street name for example, then I would assume that you still pronounce the word as though it were by itself. But are there examples of when you ...
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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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Pronunciation of "Ü"

I have trouble pronouncing ü. It sounds more like jü when I say it in words, like fjür instead of für. If I were to be talking to people, would it be better or more understandable to unround it and ...
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Pronunciation of long e

When starting to learn German from the EUP book "Teach yourself German" many years ago, I gathered that German long e was pronounced similarly to the French é. Thus, for example, sehen, to see, would ...
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Pronunciation of "China" in German

In German there is some confusion on how to pronounce the letters 'ch' in "China". I heard all of following variants: [ˈçiːnaː] - as in "ich" [ˈkçiːnaː] - as in "Bäckchen" [ˈkiːnaː] - as in "...
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When is the last sound of a syllable unvoiced?

It is very common to unvoice consonant sounds appearing last in a word. die Hand -- /hant/ -- d → /t/ der Tag -- /taːk/ -- g → /k/ der Staub -- /ʃtaʊp/ -- b → /p/ This sometimes happens with ...
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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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Tschüs: Aussprache Tschü-üs

Der Abschiedsgruß Tschüs (oder auch Tschüss) hat einen ganzen Wikipediaartikel mit allerlei Varianten, zum Beispiel tschüssing, tschö, tüüs, tschüssi und tschüssikowski. Nicht aufgelistet ist aber ...
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The loanwords of which languages are to be faithfully pronounced when speaking German?

I have the impression that – unlike English (where you say Euler as Yuler, or better yet, bruschetta as [/brʊˈʃɛtə/]), European Spanish (where one pronounces Wi-Fi as guifi) or French (Bounty as buntý)...
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Why is the stress of lebendig on the second syllable?

The pronunciation of lebendig lies on the second syllable, which does not follow the stress rules. It has no suffix that would change stress from the root word (that is, -ig), nor such a prefix (the ...
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Hatten das runde „s“ und das lange „ſ“ die gleiche Aussprache?

Gab es einen Unterschied in der Aussprache von rundem „s“ und langem „ſ“, oder war der Unterschied nur typographisch?
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Hat das Österreichische keine Auslautverhärtung?

Ich habe in diversen Diskussionen hier den Eindruck erhalten, dass das Österreichische eventuell keine Auslautverhärtung zeigt. Die andere Erklärung ist natürlich, dass man, wenn man nicht viel ...
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Die Aussprache der Endung -ow

Diese Frage wurde auch hier (auf Englisch) beantwortet: Why is the -ow in place names pronounced the way it is? Warum wird in Orts- und Familiennamen wie Pankow, Treptow und Bülow der Buchstabe w ...
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Ist "Borschtsch" ein einsilbiges Wort?

In einen Sketch zweier österreichischer Kabarettisten, wird das längste einsilbige, deutsche Wort gesucht. Die Lösung wird mit Borschtsch (der traditionelle russische Eintopf) gefunden. Als Zugabe, ...
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Gab es einen deutschen "posh accent"?

Zu Weihnachten lief natürlich wieder "Die Feuerzangenbowle" im Fernsehen. Dieses Jahr habe ich den Film zum ersten Mal wirklich bewusst angesehen, und die Sprechweise von Professor Crey hat mich ...
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What pronunciation is more influential, higher status or standard?

I was looking into different pronunciations, I saw there is a difference between regions within Germany and also with other German speaking countries, making me wonder which set of pronunciation rules ...
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War die deutsche Bühnenaussprache jemals gesetzlich vorgeschrieben?

In einer früheren Version dieser Antwort zu einer nur wenig verwandten Frage meinte Takkat: Diese, damals teilweise gesetzlich verordnete Bühnensprache wurde aber in weiten Teilen Deutschlands ...
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Podcasts about the German language

I'm searching for podcasts that are about the German language, discussing etymology, language history and the like. Preferably in German but other languages are also of interest. I've tried ...
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Sie (you - formal), sie (she) and sie (they) / Ihr (you - plural), er (he)

How to differentiate pronunciation of these words? Sie (you — formal), sie (she), and sie (they) ihr (you — plural), er (he)
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Is the vowel 'r' not pronounced?

Consonant R is definitely pronounced in the uvular. But is vowel r pronounced, too? British English doesn't pronounce their vowel r and I suppose German does that. For example: Morgen, sterben, Herr ...
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Listening practice for long vs. short vowels

I'm looking for good resources or exercises for practicing recognizing long vs. short vowels. Minimal pair recordings in "quiz" format would be ideal. I know when reading whether a vowel should be ...
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Gibt es Akzente/Dialekte, bei denen das R immer ausgesprochen wird?

Ein Beispieltext: Gott ist eine faustgrobe Antwort, eine Undelicatesse gegen uns Denker –, im Grunde sogar bloss ein faustgrobes Verbot an uns: Ihr sollt nicht denken! (Friedrich Nietzsche) Die ...
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Why is "Vater" spelt with 'V' when it is pronounced like 'father'?

I know that 'V' in the German alphabet is for "Vau" and 'F' is "Eff". Then why are we using 'V' instead of 'F' in German for "Vater"? Similar to the English "father" I would have expected it to be ...
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Can't find the difference between o, ö, u, und ü

Hey guys I'm having trouble finding the difference in pronunciation between o, u and the ö and ü. I don't feel like I can continue my German lessons until I can correct pronounce them. Any help?
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Does a "A free online Talking Dictionary of German Pronunciation" exist?

It helps me out a lot to hear how a word is pronounced in order to remember. I often use Duden, but sometimes it does not provide an audio recording of the word I´m looking for. Other dictionaries ...
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How to pronounce "Universität"?

I tried to get the example of pronunciation of the word of "Universität" from Google Translate but the pronunciation that I got from it was a little far from my expectation. Google Translate ...
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Pronunciation of "R" in the words or verbs starting with "Ver-" in Standard German e.g. "Verein, Verehren, Verachten,..."

the "R" in "Ver-" is pronounced like "R" in the "-er" in "Bruder" or like "R" in french?
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How to master pronunciation

I'm looking for methods and resources (such as music along with their text - audio books) to improve my German pronunciation, other than talking to a native speaker. EDIT: I'm given advice by ...
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How do you phonetically pronounce all of the German note names?

What is the phonetic pronunciation of every note name in German? So, all three iterations of every letter (flat, natural, and sharp) including E#, Cb, etc. Also, how do you pronounce the German note ...
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Aussprache von »Libyen«

Warum wird von vielen Menschen das Wort »Libyen« ausgesprochen, als würde man es »Lybien« oder »Lübien« schreiben? Wikipedia und Wiktionary sind sich einig: Für den Namen des nordafrikanischen ...
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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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Is there a difference in pronunciation between "ist" and "isst"?

Is there a difference in pronunciation between "ist" -be (3p. sing) and "isst" -eat (3p. sing)? EDIT: I posted the second part as an independent question
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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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Aussprache von »Gluten«

Kurze und einfache Frage: Wie wird das Wort »Gluten«, mit dem ein Eiweißstoff bezeichnet wird, der in vielen Getreidesorten zu finden ist, richtig ausgesprochen? Zur Auswahl stehen: [ɡluˈteːn], ...
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Where to find IPA transcriptions of Hochdeutsch online?

Where can I find a comprehensive online resource for IPA transcriptions of the "official" pronunciation of German words?
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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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How to pronounce the German R?

I've tried many methods on the Internet but I still can't vibrate my tongue at all. I've tried gargling, biting a stick, etc. But weeks and months passed, none of them worked! I know German people ...
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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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