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

s and ch are spoken separately, if (and almost only if, see below) they are meeting due to some sort of word composition. The diminutive forms you give are examples for this: For instance, in Höschen ...
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How do you phonetically pronounce all of the German note names?

For those notes that are a letter of the alphabet, e.g. C, A, E, H, B (yes, that one, too) they are pronounced as the letter itself would be. Note, that English B is called H in German and English B ...
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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 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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What is the difference in pronunciation of "Nichts" and "Nics"?

It's actually nix It's slang for nichts, as you have guessed. I'd love to say something more but, first, I'd like to understand what is "good to use" (obviously, don't write nix it in a formal ...
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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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Pronunciation of [ʃ] vs. [s]

Somewhere in the transition from Middle High German to New High German, the clusters [sk], [st] and [sp] became [ʃ], [ʃt] and [ʃp], respectively, when they were in the onset of a syllable. So, in ...
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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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Last name Fahnel pronunciation

Assuming that the spelling was unchanged upon immigration to the US, the pronunciation would be Fah-nel (IPA: [ˈfaːnəl]), with the ah pronounced like the sound your doctor asks you to make at a check ...
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How do you phonetically pronounce all of the German note names?

The German sequence of the basic notes (white keys on piano) is: C, D, E, F, G, A, H. The system is simple. There is no »flat« or »sharp«, just the suffixes »-es« and »-is«. And you have to keep in ...
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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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What is the difference in pronunciation of "Nichts" and "Nics"?

Nix is, as was already pointed out, a colloquial, informal, shorter form of nichts. Nix does not derive from any specific dialect; rather it is present in one form or another in most dialects. There ...
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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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How is "IT" pronounced in German? [eye-tee] or [ee-tay]?

I never heard Germans (including myself) pronounce it other than eye-tee. I also think that this is the correct way to pronounce it since Information Technology is an English term and therefore should ...
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Pronunciation of the surname Ruhle

If the original form of the name was Ruhle without an umlaut, its German pronunciation would be very similar to the word ruler in non-rhotic accents of English (which include Australian English), i.e. ...
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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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Gibt es eine genormte Aussprache für Standard-Deutsch?

Zwar gibt es keine verbindliche einheitliche Ausspracheregelung für die deutsche Sprache, dennoch gab es und gibt es Versuche einer Normierungen: Bühnensprache nach Siebs Völlig auf die Bedürfnisse ...
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Aussprache der Wörter rückwärts

Wir sind eine zutiefst literale Gesellschaft. Praktisch alles, was wir über Sprache zu wissen glauben, basiert auf ihrer Verschriftung. Darum ist der naive Ansatz, den die meisten Deutschsprechenden ...
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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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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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