Really??? You can tell me how to pronounce German correctly in one short article??? No chance!
And you would be right about that. It is near impossible to tell you how to pronounce German correctly in this article. But, I can give it a try…
Learning a foreign language takes time. It is something that no person can accomplish in a day. And even so, when a second language is being practiced for some time, let’s say years, you may still stumble in your grammar, vocabulary and other minor details. This is the fact with learning another language other than your mother tongue.
Most likely, people who have adopted a second language for learning on their own or through a course would still meet problems which will not surface until later experiences require it. But as a person’s learning capability progresses on, so is his ability to speak the language even more properly. The German language may have many words that are similar to the words of the English language, but it does not entirely mean that it means the same thing.
Pronunciation is the key to using the German language. Nobody expects you to be perfect at first try, but of course there is always room for improvement if you just try hard enough. A native coach may be helpful in doing that, however, local dialects make it difficult to find the “ultimate” German pronunciation. Notice how the letters have their own distinguishing sound in the German vocabulary regardless if you are referring to the letter W in English while pronouncing a German word; let alone in different dialects.
You must realize that the German language has extended pronunciation patterns on some of its consonants and on most of its vowels. There are both short and long proper pronunciation patterns on its “a’s”, “e’s”, “o’s” and “u’s”. Aside from this, there are words in German which require Umlauts. These are the letters which have symbols right on top of it – ä, ö and ü.
Though many people focus on the grammar points in learning a language, the proper way of pronouncing the words of a language also counts. This way, a clear understanding between you and the listener wouldn’t be so difficult to achieve. Learn what you can at first. This, of course, includes the proper way of constructing the words in sentences. When you have achieved that, speak it! Let it flow out of your mouth and be open to corrections that are bound to be made by listeners and natural German speakers nearby.
Two very important tips:
- Do not focus too much on grammar! Even German natives make mistakes and, in general conversations, many people don’t even use the correct grammar.
- You are not a native! Relax and accept that. Just be yourself and try not too hard. Nobody is perfect from the start.
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