German pronunciation

7. Dec 2015 @ 15:11 : r, ɐ, l for Chinese native speakers

In German it is necessary to distinguish the sounds r, ɐ, l , especially when they are occure at the end of the word. Otherwise it would be hard for example to distinguish between “vier” (four) and “viel” (much), words, which are used in basic conversation in German.
The sound [ɐ] is called a near-open central vowel and occurs expecially when you pronounce words written with an “-er” at the end like:






The pronunciation of [ə] sounds similar, but it is important to distinguish it from the [ɐ]. [ə] is a mid-central vowel and occures in words like:







Also words ending with a written “-el” or “-en” are not pronunced exactly like the writing suggests: Mostly the “e” is not pronunced, for example in words like:









Read the words aloud again and again with your tutor to become familiar with the differences!


12. Aug 2014 @ 19:17 : Pronunciation of the German’s Alphabet’s Letters


1. Mär 2014 @ 16:43 : pronunciation training: read the sentences aloud and smile 😉

Sentences for German pronunciation


Der Koch backt in der Küche einen Kuchen und außerdem echte Milchbrötchen. Die Köchin hilft ihm, ohne Kochbuch. Das ist nicht leicht, aber die Köchin ist sich sicher. Sie können nicht pünktlich aufhören und arbeiten bis spät in die Nacht. Nach Mitternacht macht der Koch Licht im Wohnzimmer. Sie machen es sich gemütlich. Morgen ist Mittwoch.


Der Schussel hat doch glatt den Schlüssel von der Tür vergessen. Drinnen sind die Stühle sehr gemütlich. In einer Schüssel serviert er Gemüse und Würstchen.


10. Aug 2013 @ 16:50 : The Goethe – Gürtel – Problem (A1-B1): the Umlaut in German language


Goethe is the German poet who once said: What your eyes don’t know, they cannot see. (Was das Auge nicht kennt, sieht es nicht.) It’s undoubtly true: You know when you travel around in strange cultures, you tend to ignore something (by accident), because you haven’t seen it. However, the Gürtel is simply a waistbelt.

So what’s the poet to do with the waistbelt? Basicly nothing~~~ It’s all about pronunciation. Since the vowels are formed basicly by the tongue in the oral cavity, the solution is here to focus on the position of the tongue: if it sounds like ü, you just have to go down a bit; if it sounds like o then, please go forward a bit. Then you will have the ö.

You can have a look here at my diagram.


Be patient! I know it’s not easy. Good luck!

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