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Is Kilometer ever pronounced as 'kaa em' in German?

"km" is usually pronounced as Kilometer, ka em [kaː ʔɛm] is at least where I am very unusual in everyday spoken German. ka em may be encountered more frequently in ka em ha [kaː ʔɛm haː] (km/h, the ...
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Is Liszt really pronounced like the English word "list"?

The name is pronounced as the German word "List" which comes very close to the English word "list". To understand it, you have to know that Franz Liszt was an Austrian-Hungarian ...
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Aussprache von »Libyen«

Das Wort Libyen entstammt – wie viele andere Bezeichnungen für Gebiete des östlichen Mittelmeerraums – dem Altgriechischen; dort wird die ensprechende Gegend Λιβύη (Libýe) geschrieben. Über das ...
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Why is Entschuldigung pronounced as ent-shuldigung instead of en-chu-ldigung?

I understand that you are asking why it is Ent-schuldigung and not En-tschuldigung. While I am not sure that these two pronunciations could even be clearly distinguished in casual speech, it is ...
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Are “Rad” and “Rat” seriously pronounced in the same way?

In Standard German, a phenomenon called terminal devoicing (Auslautverhärtung in German) affects the pronunciation of word-final (or more generally: morpheme-final) consonants. It leads to the merging ...
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How to pronounce "Gröbner"?

The letters "ö" and "o" represent two different vowels, so "o" as in soft or ocean is not correct (both would be "o" in German, too), and the short "oo&...
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How to pronounce fünf in 45

Wiktionary is available in more than 150 different languages, and in each language it contains descriptions of the most frequent used words in this language. German Wiktionary has more than 750,000 ...
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German pronunciation of English words

The basic pronunciation rule for English (and French and Italian) loan words in German is “take the original pronunciation (not the spelling!) and adapt it to standard German phonology (*)”. Let's ...
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Ist "Borschtsch" ein einsilbiges Wort?

Jedenfalls ist in der kyrillischen Schrift der Konsonantencluster schtsch ein einzelner Buchstabe: Щ. Das spricht schon mal dafür, das Wort als einsilbig zu betrachten. Das hat aber für die Aussprache ...
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How should I read "Julius Wilhelm Richard Dedekind" in German?

This name is pronounced [ˈdeːdəˌkɪnt]. His whole name is "Julius Wilhelm Richard Dedekind", but he became known as "Richard Dedekind" which is pronounced [ˈʁɪçaʁt ˈdeːdəˌkɪnt] ...
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Aussprache von »Gluten«

Im Deutschen ist formal [ɡluˈteːn] korrekt, da ist m.E. Deiner Recherche nichts hinzuzufügen, aber da die englische Aussprache eben [ˈɡluːtn̩] ist, scheint sich hier per verstecktem Anglizismus diese ...
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Are there German words that get pronounced differently based on whether they are capitalized?

Yes, there are: Weg [veːk], weg [vɛk]. It is, however, not the capitalization itself that affects pronunciation; it just so happens that one of the words is a noun and therefore capitalized.
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How to pronounce "Gröbner"?

HalvarF already said it in his answer: Letters with umlauts (ä, ö, ü) are distinct letters in German language. Historically they derived from the letters without dots, and there are still connections (...
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How do you pronounce the "g" in "Heiligtum"?

It depends on the region. There are two main variations. The "normal"* pronunciation would be like in 'gerne' (or like you would pronounce the 'ck' in the English word 'lick'). However, in some ...
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Sprechpause bei "Gendergap" - Beispiele für solche Pausen außerhalb des "Genderns"

Ich denke, diese „Pause“ wird tatsächlich eher ein Glottisschlag sein, und der ist im Deutschen häufig. In der Aussprache wäre der Unterschied zwischen Schülerinnen und Schüler:Innen also ähnlich dem ...
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Pronunciation of “Leonhard Euler”

The article in the English Wikipedia gives two similar pronunciations /ˈɔɪlər/ (Swiss) and /ˈɔʏlɐ/ (German). I agree with them. The article even has a footnote that explains with references that ...
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Gab es einen deutschen "posh accent"?

Ich nehme die Aussprache des Professor Crey ebenso wahr wie der Fragesteller. Kurze Recherche aus eigenem Interesse ergibt, dass das Phänomen auch schon in der Literatur diskutiert wurde. Zimmermann ...
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Why doesn't the "ch" pronunciation rule occur for words such as "durch" and "manchmal"?

In your examples, the “ch” follows a consonant, the vowel before the consonant does not matter. After a consonant the pronunciation is like after a front vowel (like e). And even though it was clear ...
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Which German dialects roll the 'R'?

I'm from Northern Germany. I hardly pronounce the /r/ at all, instead I either lengthen the previous vowel (as in Arbeit: /a:beit/) or pronounce it almost as /x/ (the 'ch' sound), especially at the ...
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Why was "daß" replaced by "dass" and how is it pronounced?

I have heard exactly one person systematically, non-ironically and non-mockingly pronounce dass as /da:s/, i.e. with a long /a:/. However, that person also systematically pronounced the /a/ sounds in ...
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How do you pronounce the "g" in "Heiligtum"?

[ç], see Duden as reference. The stage pronounciation rules also leave no other choice. In normal talk I decidedly assume regional variations. Especially for religious terms there seems to be an ...
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Why are some words spelled with “tz” if “z” already has the “ts” sound?

Tz indicates that the preceding vowel is short; z doesn’t (though this may still be the case for other reasons). Most other consonants are doubled in such a situation; z is different for historical ...
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Trying to figure out the difference between pronouncing short o and short u

One problem (but not the only one) with this video is that it uses its own notation for sounds which makes it confusing for people who know IPA. The short u in German is pronounced like the oo in ...
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Trying to figure out the difference between pronouncing short o and short u

This video is nonsense. The speaker himself said at the beginning (0:11 to 0:15): Dafür verwende ich meine eigene phonetische Umschrift. For that I use my own phonetic transcription. This ...
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Wie spricht man den Namen Pahl aus?

The h after the a is a length marker. The h itself is silent. It marks only, that the vowel before it is a long vowel. So, you pronounce "Pahl" exactly the same way as "Paal": [...
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German pronunciation of English words

Those are inconsistencies introduced by both the speaker not being used to the English pronounciation and overcorrecting it, and you not being used to the variety of German dialects and their somewhat ...
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How do you pronounce the "g" in "Heiligtum"?

It's ç and the whole word is [ˈhaɪ̯lɪçtuːm].
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Unterschiedliche Aussprache des ST

You fell over one of the few cases where German pronounciation isn't stable in regard to spelling. Fortunately, there's an easy rule: Einst-weilig has the st at the end of the syllable. In these ...
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