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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 6:30 pm
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What is hard about pronouncing German to you? Tell us about it in the comments!

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Hey RubyGirl,


Thank you for the postive feedback!

Glad you liked it.😉


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Yay!!! ❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️👍👍👍👍

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Hi Walter,


Thank you!😉


If you have any questions, please let us know.


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Hi Pillow,


Thank you for your feedback.👍

And yes, German pronunciation can be a bit of a challenge.

Feel free to use our search function above to look for lessons

of GermanPod101 regarding pronunciation. There are quite a few,

I believe.


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


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Reinhard

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Walter Lietz
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pillow
Saturday at 3:48 pm
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it's good to summarize all these pronunciations differing from English, but I can't tell the difference in those introduced ones. Hope next lesson would involve skills about how to pronounce and the rules of different letter matches

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Hello Hatem,


Thank you for your important comment.

Important because you are not alone with this

problem, I think.😉

It requires quite a bit of listening until you can tell

the difference. Maybe, if you know a native speaker

you can practice with, ask them to focus on "ö" and "ü"

a little more.


Thank you.


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


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Reinhard

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Hatem
Sunday at 3:36 am
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Thanks for this important series. I think mastering the correct pronunciation should be the first step to learn a new language effectively.


However, I cannot feel any actual difference between the sounds of "ö" and "ü" vowels. Are they identically pronounced, or is there a nuance that I'm not able to distinguish?


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Sunday at 11:54 pm
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Hello Rocio,


Thank you for posting and your feedback ?! We're happy that you find the videos helpful.


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Rocio
Wednesday at 9:34 am
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hello its really useful to have some videos about pronunciation, im not a english native speaker, i speak spanish but there are some sounds similar.

i think the most complicated sound are for us: ö ü r ( gutural consonant), but is great i can improve it more and more