Important tips for improving your German pronunciation

The German language is quite complex, but in principle it is close to the English language in terms of semantics, and its rules are in many ways similar to the rules of the Russian language. However, grammar, punctuation and spelling arabic to english are not the only things to pay attention to. The easiest way to learn German is with a native speaker, but you can start with the basics yourself. In order to be understood, it is very important to pay special attention to the pronunciation of both individual letters and their combinations. For example:

The consonants p, t, k must be aspirated: klein – small, trinken – drink.
When pronouncing voiced consonants, it is important to muffle them, these consonants are not even as voiced as in Russian, when pronouncing them it is almost inaudible, there is no pressure: sagen – say, gehen – go.
In a situation where a syllable ends in a consonant, the vowels in it will be pronounced briefly. If, on the contrary, the syllable ends in a vowel, then the vowels in it will be long: da (long “a”) – das (short “a”).

But there is an exception, if the word is used in the plural form, then the consonants will be long: kam (came) – ka-men (came).

This pronunciation and the corresponding rule applies mainly to verbs, nouns and adjectives. That is, if the word has an unchanged form, then the syllable ending in a consonant will in most cases be long. It is important to note that the letter combination of consonants in most cases leads to a shortened syllable: ehrlich – honest, brauchen – need.

In many words that have an invariable monosyllabic form and end in “r” has a long syllable: hier – here, oder – or. In addition, longitude can also be expressed by doubling the vowel: tee – tea. At the same time, the long “e” is pronounced narrowly, the corners of the lips in this case are stretched to the maximum, and the mouth turns into a narrow slit, while the short “e” is pronounced similar to “e”, opening the mouth wide.

In some cases, the length of the pronunciation tagalog to english of the syllable is indicated by the letter “h”, in which case the letter itself is almost not pronounced: in – ihn. But in situations where the letter “h” is redundant, the word is pronounced without it at all and also for a long time: nahm (took).

In situations where the root or word begins with a vowel, then it should be pronounced with a jerky and tense sound: immer – always, essen – is, etwas – something.

If the word ends in -en, then the letter “e” is not pronounced: werden – to become, wohnen – to live, warten – to wait.

As for the sound “x”, it is transmitted by a combination of letters ch, in a situation where after these letter combinations there is any narrow main vowel (i, e, ö, ü), 2nd vowel eu (oh) or consonant l , n, r, then this letter combination is pronounced softly – “x’”: euch (you, you) – ouch ‘), solche (such) – zolh’e.

Also note that -ig (at the end of a word) is pronounced like -ih.