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!

practice German pronunciation

practice German pronunciation

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.


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  Go to the video: German pronunciation - PART 1   Go to the video: German pronunciation - PART 2

 

Examples for the German pronunciation

IPA sound 

written posibilites

examples
A [a?] a
ah
aa
Abend (evening)Zahl (number)
Staat (state)
[a] a Stadt (city)
I [i?] i
ih
ie
ieh
wir (we)
ihr (you)
vier (four)
er sieht (he sees)
[?] i bitte (please)
ist (is)
O [o?] o
oh
oo
Hose (trouser)
wohnen (to live)
Boot (boat)
[? o hoffen (to hope)
kommen (to come)
U [u?] uuh buchen (to book)
[?] u Mutter (mother)
lustig (funny)
E
Ä
[e?] e
eh
ee
lesen (to read)
sehr (very)
Tee (tea)
[?] e gern (gladly)
Bett (bed)
helfen (help)
[??] ä
äh
Bär (bear)
gähnen (to yean)
Käse (cheese)
[?] e in unstressed syllables, prefixes, endings bitte (please)
Geschwister (siblings)
lesen (to read)
Ö [ø?] öoh hören (to listen)
Söhne (sons)
[œ] ö Hölle (hell)
Ü [y(?)] üüh
y
Bücher (books)
Stühle (chairs)
Syrien (Syria)
[?] üy fünf (five)Egypten (Egypt)
Psychologie (psychologie)
au [a??] au aua (outch)
Maus (mouse)
ei
ai
[a??] eiaieyay eins, zwei, drei (one, two, three)
Mais (corn)
Meyer (last name)
eu
äu
[???] euäu heute (today)
Eule (owl)
Mäuse (mice)
Häuser (houses)

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.

 

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B. __________

C. __________

D. __________

 

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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Comments

  • hewmacintosh

    Hello, In the Table above, I was wondering why there are ? in the IPA column. The same table is seen on the videos but there the IPA information is different. I think I know but just wondering why the ?.
    Thanks.

    • admin

      that’s a problem of the coding, sorry… the editor does’t accept the foreign sign. I am sorry!

  • ahmet

    Hello, I could not find the part of ”Ö” in these videos. Am I wrong? Thanks.