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German Pronunciation (I)
When you study German pronunciation on this page, each sound is associated with a letter or
a letter-combination, some examples of English words that have this sound, and then some
German words plus sound-examples.
Note: The umlauts (ä, ö and ü) are particularly difficult to master. Listen carefully to
the sound examples and always repeat after every single one.
|sound/ letter:|| ||German Examples||English Examples|
|master (brit.), after (brit.)|
|short e||Wetter, |
|close to: owl, goal|
|close to: fern, nerd|
|long u||Schule, |
|sound/ letter:|| ||German Examples||English examples|
|zebra, New Zealand|
Switzerland: use ss instead of ß
- We produce the r in German by using our throat and creating some sort of gurgling sound. The r
is probably the most difficult sound for native English speakers to master. Don't be afraid though
to simply pronounce it your way. By the way: There are big differences in the way, the r is pronounced
throughout the German speaking world. For example in Switzerland and parts of southern Germany,
the r is rolled like in Spanish or Italian.
- The ß in German is like an s or ss in English.