Pronounce It Properly: Vowels

In This Chapter

  • Oh, the stress of it all
  • Peculiarities of the German language
  • Untie your tongue

You think you have it bad with German pronunciation? Consider the English rain, reign, and rein—three words with different spellings and meanings but with identical pronunciations. You’re going to have a much easier time learning German pronunciation because what you see is what you hear. German is what is called a phonetic language; German words are pronounced exactly as they are spelled. You don’t ever have to wonder whether the e at the end of a word is silent, which it sometimes is and sometimes isn’t in ...

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