Pronunciation of consonants – PART 1

Let’s move on to German Consonants. Have a look at the table. Especially “strange”, difficult consonants are marked. For more information, have a look at the video.

Learn German pronounciation with the Video: Consonants PART 1

Examples for the German Consonants Pronunciation:

Consonants  Explanation Examples
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ff
ll
tt
All Consonants are short.
Double consonants aren’t
pronounced longer!
They also make the vowel shorter.
kommen  (to come)
Affe          (ape)
alle           (all)
s, b, d, g difference between voiced and voiceless sounds
inicial sounds: voiced  final sound: voiceless inicial sounds: voiced  final sound: voiceless
s [z] [s] sieben   (seven)
besonders (especially)
Sie  (she, your)
aus        (from)
nichts (nothing)
b [b] [p] Bar               (bar)
blau             (blue)
gelb    (yellow) ([gelp])
halb     (half) ([halp])
d [d] [t] du                        (you)
drei                      (three)
und          (and)
Hand       (hand)
g [g] [k] gut                (good)
genau          (exactly)
Tag           (day)
Zug          (train)
z [ts]
There is no [z] sound as in English.
Z is only [T+S]
Zug               (train)
zehn              (ten)
achtzig       (eighty)
v, f [f] as the English f [v] in words
derived from latin
vier                 (four)
vor             (in front of)
Verb       (verb)
Vokal      (vowel)
w [v] as in „very“ Wann              (when)
Wo                   (where)
Wie                 (how)

 

 

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