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German: Pronunciation

The German alphabet is based on the Lating alphabet with consonants and vowels ranging from A-Z. On additional consonant is used in German, , which is the equivalent to 'ss'. There are 3 additional vowels, which are , , and . These are explained below.

Consontants and Dipthongs

b is pronounced as in 'bed' when it preces a vowel. At the end of a syllable or before 's' or 't' it pronounced as in 'pet'.
c is pronounced as in 'cat' when it preces 'a' or 'u'. When preceding 'e' or 'i' it is pronounced as in 'pets'.
ch is pronounced as in the Scottish word 'loch'. If it is preceded by 'i' it is somwhat pronounced as in 'ship', but the tongue is brought much more to the front, making the sound somwhat similair to that of an angry cat.
d is pronounced as in 'dog' when it precedes a vowel. At the end of a syllable or before 's' or 't' it is pronounced as in 'pet.
f is pronounced as in 'fat'.
g is pronounced as in 'gun' when it prcedes a vowel. At the end of a syllable or before 's' or 't' it is pronounced somewhat as in 'ship', but the tongue is brought much more to the front, making a sound which is similair to the sound of an angry cat.
h is pronounced as in 'hand'.
j is pronounced as in 'yet'.
k is pronounced as in 'brick'.
l is pronounced as in 'bill'.
m is pronounced as in 'me'.
n is pronounced as in 'no'.
p is pronounced as in 'pet'.
r is pronounced as a rolling sound in the throat, somewhat similair to the French 'rolling r', but not as strong.
s is pronounced as in 'sit'. However, when it precedes a vowel it is pronounced as in 'zombie'.
sch is pronounced as in 'ship'.
/ ss is pronounced as in 'sit'.
t is pronounced as in 'table'.
v is pronounced as in 'few'.
w is pronounced as in 'vest'.
z is pronounced as in 'nets'.

Vowels

a is pronounced as in 'come'.
e is pronounced as in 'bed'.
i is pronounced as in 'hit'.
o is pronounced as in 'hot'.
u is pronounced as in 'cool', the it is pronounced shorter.
is pronounced almost the same as 'e' (see above), but it is tending slightly towards 'a'.
is a unique sound. Try pronouncing 'uh', and then rounding up the lips somewhat and bringing them to the front.
is a unique sound, and is related to ''. When pronouncing '' try moving the lips even more to the front and rounding them up even more. This should result in the ''-sound.
ai is pronounced as in 'pineapple'.
oi is pronounced as in 'boiler'.
au is pronounced as in 'house'.
eu is pronounced as in 'boiler'.
u is pronounced as in 'boiler'.

One small note at the end of the pronunciation section: in German, all nouns are capitalised.

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