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How to pronounce front ch and back ch

German has two distinctly different sounds that are represented by the letter combination ch. The so-called back ch is pronounced in the back of the mouth. It is usually preceded by a, o, u, or au. Although this sound does not exist

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How to pronounce ei and ie

How to pronounce ei and ie in German

Unlike in English, the letter combinations ei and ie represent consistent sounds in German. The combination ei is a diphthong (also spelled ey, ay, and ai). It is pronounced like the ei in Eisenhower. The letters ie represent the long “ee”-sound as in Marie. This is the same sound

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Zungenbrecher – German tongue twisters

A fun way to practice specific German sounds is by reciting tongue twisters. The benefit to using tongue twisters as a learning tool is that you get to practice the same target sound not only repeatedly and but also in differing configurations. This

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Free German TV with OnlineTVRecorder

I know what you’re thinking — it sounds too good to be true. Well, that’s exactly what I thought when I heard about the OnlineTVRecorder (OTR). But the thought of having access to German TV was just too enticing and

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How to pronounce ö and ü

The most difficult sounds to pronounce are typically the ones that do not exist in your native language (or in languages whose sounds you have already mastered). For English speakers these include the umlauted vowels ö and ü. Fortunately, there

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