German pronunciation: Learn all about vowels
German pronunciation: facts
German pronunciation is more or less regular – that doesn’t mean it is logic for most speakers. Get used to the pronunciation of the vowels.
First, be aware: your tongue is a muscle: you need to exercise!
Stand in front of the mirror and pretend that you are an actor/actress!
To learn new vowels, you need to move your lips. When your lips hurt after practicing, you are doing it correctly. Watch the video for the audio-support. Please speak after or with me. Only when you are practicing, your muscles will get used t the new sounds. After a while, it will get easier and even natural.Go to the video: German pronunciation - PART 1 Go to the video: German pronunciation - PART 2
Examples for the German pronunciation
|Abend (evening)Zahl (number)
er sieht (he sees)
wohnen (to live)
|[?]||o||hoffen (to hope)
kommen (to come)
|U||[u?]||uuh||buchen (to book)
|lesen (to read)
gähnen (to yean)
|[?]||e in unstressed syllables, prefixes, endings||bitte (please)
lesen (to read)
|Ö||[ø?]||öoh||hören (to listen)
|[?]||üy||fünf (five)Egypten (Egypt)
|[a??]||eiaieyay||eins, zwei, drei (one, two, three)
Meyer (last name)
Eule (owl)Mäuse (mice)
Exercise 1 for your perfect German pronunciation: üh-ü-uh-u-o
Go to the video and listen. Write down which name you are hearing. You find the solutions at the button of the page.
Exercise 2: German names
What’s the name of the children? Pronounce the names correctly. Go to the video to check yourself.
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