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Hi everyone.
Welcome to The Ultimate German Pronunciation Guide.
In this series, you'll master German pronunciation. Proper pronunciation is essential in German, and in this series, you'll learn it in a fast, comprehensive, and easy way.
In this first lesson, you'll learn about the building blocks of the German pronunciation system that will help you in future lessons.
The letters used in German are the same as the letters you use in English, with the exception of one new letter and some letters with two dots over them.
But be careful not to fall into a very common trap: as you're learning to *speak* correctly, you shouldn't concern yourself with all the letters. That's right -- forget them! You care about the *sounds* of German and here they are:
There are 28 consonant sounds, and 17 vowel sounds. You can form every single word in German by using these sounds.
Still seem complicated? Well how about this: of the 28 consonant sounds in German, you *already know* 20 of them. That's right, if you are a native English speaker then you already make these sounds every day.
You can also ignore 7 of the vowel sounds for the same reason.
The only thing standing between you and Perfect German Pronunciation are 8 new consonant and 10 new vowel sounds. You can handle that!
Now let me introduce Alisa, who will be helping you to master these new sounds.
"Hello, I'm Alisa" in German (Hallo, ich bin Alisa)
Alisa will be giving you native pronunciation examples for you to imitate. But for this first lesson, just sit back and listen to the unique sounds of German:
nicht (not)
Apfel (apple)
Rost (rust)
Rübe (carrot)
Schmarrn (nonsense)
Zahl (number)
Kuchen (cake)
"bearbeiten" (to edit)
füllt (fills)
über (over)
Fuß (foot)
Seele (soul)
Öl (oil)
aber (but)
Hölle (hell)
Ober (Waiter)
Wasser (water)
Bahn (train)
In the next lesson, we'll look at the top 5 pronunciation mistakes German learners make. You'll want to make sure not to fall into these common traps.
After that, we'll begin going through the vowels and consonants of German. This is your chance to learn how to correctly say all of the words you just heard.
We'll finish up the series by covering some special topics that will really make your German sound natural!
To close this lesson, here's a question for you.
Why is it important to spend time on learning proper pronunciation, even if you're already an advanced speaker?
The answer...
You will be understood, and this will help you build more confidence as you communicate in German. For beginners, you're creating a strong foundation to build on. And for more advanced students, this is your chance to improve your accent and lose any bad habits you may have picked up.
See you in the next Ultimate German Pronunciation Guide lesson!


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Thursday at 06:30 PM
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What is hard about pronouncing German to you? Tell us about it in the comments!

GermanPod101.com Verified
Thursday at 09:41 AM
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Hi Albert,

Thank you for your question.

Yes, it is the same as in English: tring-ken.

I had never noticed that before. 😉

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us again.

Kind regards,


Team GermanPod101.com

Wednesday at 05:05 AM
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In English, the 'n' in the word "drink" is pronounced with a nasal sound like 'ng' in "going". Is it the same in German? For example, trinken is it prounced as tring-ken or trin-ken? Thanks.

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Saturday at 07:35 PM
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Hallo robert groulx,

Danke schön for taking the time to leave us a comment. 😇

Let us know if you have any questions.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen,


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robert groulx
Wednesday at 11:35 PM
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thanks for the lesson

my favorite words is Hallo, ich bin Alisa

i do appreciate the ponouncing lesson


GermanPod101.com Verified
Thursday at 10:28 AM
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Hi Amy,

Thank you for a good question.

The character in the box is from the phonetic alphabet. Each

one of these describes the pronunciation of a sound. They can

be used with different languages and allow people to produce

standardized sounds, no matter where they are from.

(I hope, my explanation makes sense.😉)

When you look at a dictionary, you will find these characters a lot.

If you have any further questions, please let us know.

Kind regards,


Team GermanPod101.com

Amy Lee
Monday at 03:30 AM
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I'm a bit confused and I just started the video. Why when she pronounce the words, theres a square with a "unusual" character and then bellow the german word without that new character ?

GermanPod101.com Verified
Friday at 01:50 AM
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Hallo JAmz,

Haha 😄😄 Don't worry! Just listen to the words and phrases many times, try to speak them out loud, record your voice and relisten yourself (you can do it with our Voice Recorder tool as well). You will get used to understanding and pronouncing even the hard German words, don't give up. 😉

Kind regards,


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Saturday at 02:59 PM
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German pronunciation is too hard hahahahaha. Everything sounds the same. This also goes with Japanese but, at least I am a bit adept in listening and pronouncing Japanese but German is on a different level hahahaha

GermanPod101.com Verified
Friday at 09:29 AM
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Hi Stephanie,

You are on the right track with what you are saying about the

back of the throat. The "ch" must be one of the biggest challenges in the

German language.

If you ever get a chance to practice with a native speaker face to face though,

you will master it soon.😉

Thank you for posting.

If you have any questions, please let us know.

Kind regards,


Team GermanPod101.com

Stephanie Rockford
Tuesday at 12:44 PM
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The ch in Kuchen is difficult for me to pronounce. I feel like I should be making that sound towards the back of my throat.