German R and Diphthongs Posted by Transparent Language on Apr 25, 2009 in Uncategorized
Time for the German Rs!
Post vocalic r : does not sound like an English r. The syllable with the post vocalic r is pronounced slightly longer than the syllable without the r. To make this sound, spread your lips slightly apart. Words that contain this r : (der Herr) Mr., (hier) here
Pre vocalic r : is created by making a sound at the back of the mouth and the back of the tongue. It’s a sound that’s different from the post vocalic r. Words that contain this r : (die Frau) Mrs., (der Trost) consolation
Pre vocalic r in clusters : it’s easier to make these sounds by inserting an “a” in front of the r. For example, the word drei (three) can be pronounced as darei. Bringen (to bring) can be pronounced as baringen. Words that contain this sound : (braun) brown, (bedrohen) to threaten
Enough with the Rs. Next up are the dipthongs, diphthongs are two vowels pronounced together as if to pronounce a single vowel.
ai/ei – pronounced as eye. Examples : (der Mai) May, (bei) at, near
eu/äu – pronounced as oy. Examples : (die Häuser) houses, (neu) new
au – pronounced as ow. Examples : (auch) also
ie – pronounced as eeh. Examples : (Sie) you