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Judith: Hallo, [ich heiße] Judith.
Chuck: Hi, I am Chuck.
Judith: [Sie hören germanpod101.com]
Chuck: You are listening to germanpod101.com this is accent improvement series, lesson 10.
Judith: [Willkommen]!
Chuck: Welcome. This is already the 10th lesson of germanpod101´s accent improvement series.
Judith: We’ve come a long way. After this lesson, we will have covered all sounds of German single letters. So we will move on to letter combinations and other things you need to learn. For example, sentence melody.
Chuck: Well, every German single letter. If you want to improve your German accent and sound just like a native, this series is for you.
Judith: Today, we shall look at the German L and R sounds. These can be quite tricky. So be sure to go to the learning center afterwards and practice the sounds.
Chuck: We will start by hearing a sentence that contains a lot of L and R sounds. You can find this one in the line by line dialogue section of the learning center.
Judith: [Hungrige Riesen lallen viel lauter].
Chuck: This means hungry giants stammer much more loudly. Could you say that sentence again little bit slower.
Judith: Of course [Hungrige Riesen lallen viel lauter].
Chuck: So what can we say about the German letters L and R. They are pronounced very distinctly. The L is much like the English L but the R is quite different.
Judith: As an example of the German letter L, take the word [lallen].
Chuck: To stammer drunkenly.
Judith: In this word, you can clearly hear how the letter is pronounced both at the beginning of a word and in the middle. In contrast to English, the German letter L is pronounced just the same also at the end of a word. For example, the L in [Camel].
Chuck: Camel.
Judith: Is still very distinct and unlike the slurred English L at the end of camel [Camel].
Chuck: Camel. There are three acceptable ways of pronouncing the German letter R, but, well unfortunately none of the possible variations sound like the English R.
Judith: I will try to do them all even though every speaker of German typically only uses one of them. First, what is known among linguists as a uvular fricative [Raara]. This is the way I usually pronounce my R´s.
Chuck: This sound is pronounced far back in the throat.
Judith: Next [Raara].
Chuck: Also pronounced far back in the throat but thrilled.
Judith: Finally, the [Raara].
Chuck: This one is the closest to an English R but also thrilled. Since all three sounds are commonly used by Germans, I suggest you try them all and pick the one that’s easiest for you to produce.
Judith: One more thing.
Chuck: Oh yeah. Note that when the R occurs at the end of a word or before another consonant, it’s pronounced in a way similar to the A in father and not like an R at all. Could you give me an example?
Judith: Yeah: Amerikaner hier dort.
Chuck: Can we hear that sample sentence again, the example sentence?
Judith: [Hungrige Riesen lallen viel lauter]. This phrase contains a lot of L and R. Say it right and you have mastered the sounds.
Chuck: This is the single most useful step towards a good German pronunciation. So go to the learning center now and practice.
Judith: Next time two weeks from now, we will look at some of the consonant clusters.
Chuck: So be sure to tune it again for the next lesson. See you then.
Judith: [Bis dann]!


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Tuesday at 06:30 PM
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Tuesday at 11:14 AM
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Hi Dan,

The Line-by-Line audio was already uploaded. Thank you for your patience.

Please make sure to check it :wink:

Hi Priscilla,

That's nice to know! Yes, that's a great advantage to know Spanish to get the rolling "r"s in German!


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Wednesday at 02:41 AM
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No line-by-line audio recordings?!?

This is the second lesson in the pronunciation series with no way to practice pronunciations...?


Saturday at 06:02 AM
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I think this one was fairly easy for me. I speak spanish, it was my first language until I was 5. So the R comes very naturally to me...the ROLING rrrrrr's!!!! Like in GRRROOWWWW...LOL:wink::wink:

Thursday at 10:51 PM
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Vielen Dank!

Thursday at 06:10 PM
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Hi Vanessa.

Some correction for you:

"Ich kann R gut mit dem Zungetriller aussprechen." -> "Ich kann das R mit dem Zungentriller gut aussprechen"

I would put das in front of R to emphasize you mean a specific R (the one with the Zungentriller). However an article is optional here.

Zungetriller => Zungentriller you put in a n so it's easier to say.

mit den Zungentriller is a explanation which R you mean therefore it belongs to R and you put gut either before R or afterwards (Ich kann gut das R mit dem Zungentriller aussprechen or Ich kann das R mit dem Zungentriller gut aussprechen)

"Manchmal kann ich R mit dem Hals aussprechen."

Actually a perfect sentence, but I have some thoughts about this. maybe someone else has an imput on this.

R mit dem Hals would be actually R aus dem Hals. You make that R in the throat so it's from there (aus) and not with (mit) the throat. It's a very lame explanation, I know. I would rather "nickname" the R as Hals-R. Although I like to call it Rachen-R because Rachen (troat) itself is a word that uses the troat a lot but that's just me.

Anyway I am not sure about aussprechen since the R in the throat is not really spoken.. it's not wrong but if I had to build such a sentence I would probably try to avoid that word. Sadly I cannot think of something better

(I am very helpful this time :roll: )

"Es hängt davon ab, was kamen vor" -> Es hängt davon ab, was davor kam."

if something comes before something then you use davor.

kamen is the past form of kommen for 1st&3rd person plural but you use 3rd person singular here.

past forms of kommen:

ich kam

du kamst

er/sie/es kam

wir kamen

ihr kamt

sie kamen

Wednesday at 11:59 PM
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L ist einfach. Ich kann R gut mit dem Zungetriller aussprechen. Manchmal kann ich R mit dem Hals aussprechen. Es hängt davon ab, was kamen vor. Übung macht den Meister!

(L is easy. I can pronounce R well with the tongue trill. Sometimes I can pronounce R with the throat. It depends on what came before it. Practice makes perfect!)

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Tuesday at 08:13 PM
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How do you pronounce your R? Can you do the German L and R sounds correctly yet?