Introduction to German ponounciation
German in general is a much more phonetically consistent language than English. This means, as soon as you know the rules, you’ll be able to read German texts. However, certain words derive from other languages, for example latin, french or english. These words don’t follow the general rules. One examples is: Portemonnaie (wallet) (Click for the audio-example).
Even though, German pronunciation is more or less regular – that doesn’t mean it is logic for most speakers. You really have to get used to the pronunciation of both: vowels and consonants!
First, be aware: your tongue is a muscle: you need to exercise it!
Stand in front of the mirror and pretend that you are an actor/actress!
To learn the german pronounciation properly, you need to move your lips. When your lips hurt after practicing, you are doing it correctly. Take one lesson at a time and 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.
Soo… let’s get to work!