How To: Pronounce the German alphabet and vowels

Pronounce the German alphabet and vowels

Today we're gonna go through the alphabet and general pronounciation of the German Language.
Besides the alphabet we will also take a look at how to pronounce:
- Ä (like "ai" in English "fair"),
- Ö (kinda like "o" in English "word")
- Ü (say a looong English "eeee" and while doing that, form your mouth to say "you". It should be kind of in the middle of the sound of "ou" in "you" and the long "eeee")
- ß (basically a double "s", sounds in general a bit stronger than the normal s)
and combinations such as
- ie (English "ee")
- ei (English "i")
- eu (English "oy")
- äu (same as "eu": English "oy")
- au (like "ow" in English "wow")
- sch (English "sh")
- ch (two different pronounciations, watch the video and try again and again, I can't really describe that in words LOL)
"qu" is pronounced like "coo" in English "cool". The Q basically never really stands alone. Hope that helped :D

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1 Comment

For the pronunciation of the "ch" after "i," "e," "ä," and "ü," the tip I got from an old textbook was the following: Take the tip of your tongue and press it against the back of your bottom teeth. While keeping the tongue in that position, try to say the English word "fish." It worked the first time and has worked ever since, 30 years later. Eventually, the articulation becomes second-nature. I have taught others to pronounce this particular sound using that old tip and it has worked successfully every time. Isolating the point of articulation is paramount.

Dean Hunt
Boston, Massachusetts

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