German: 1. Letters & Pronunciation (Deutsche: 1. Buchstaben und Aussprache)

For the first lesson, I thought it appropriate to start with the letters we’ll be using and how to pronounce them. Click this video and follow along by reading the letters below.

The letters in red are the way the letters are pronounced when sounding them out in words. The letters without a red pronunciation sound the same as they do in English when sounding them out in words.

. . .

 
A: ah
short: up / long: far
 
B: bee
 
C: see
 
D: dee
 
E: eeh
short: ten / long: no equivalent
 
F: eff
 
G: geeh
go
 
H: haa
 
I: eeh
short: it / long: easy
 
J: yot
yes
 
K: kah
 
L: ell
 
M: em
 
N: en
 
O: oh
 
P: pay
 
Q: koo
 
R: er
(sounds like saying “ew” with the back of your throat)
same as above without the “e”
 
S: es
zoo
(pronounced like English “s” when end of word or syllable)

 
T: tay
 
U: ooh
you
 
V: fow
mostly for / sometimes vessel
 
W: vee
vessel
 
X: iks
 
Y: oops-i-lon
sounds like “Ü” below
 
Z: tset
bits
 
Ä: ah
mad
(Keyboard shortcut: Alt+0196)
 
Ö: ay (with “kissy face” lips)
short: flirt / long: same as above
(Keyboard shortcut: Alt+0214)
 
Ü: ee (with “kissy face” lips)
same as above
(Keyboard shortcut: Alt+0220)
 
Letters with umlauts (above) are always short before “ck, ch, sch” or “ss, ll, tt” and long before “h” and double vowels.
 
ß: ss
short: kiss
(Keyboard shortcut: Alt+0223)
 
The following are the sounds made when combining certain letters:
 

Äu: boy
 
Eu: boy
 
Ei: ice
 
Ie: easy
 
Ch: short – can & long – huge
 
Sch: shy
 
Sp/St: shy (when at beginning of the word)
 
Sk: kiss (when at beginning or middle of a word)


 
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Keyboard Shortcuts: http://home.fau.edu/etrotter/web/German_Character_Keyboard_Shortcuts.htm

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Hi everyone,

I’m currently preparing for my next program for school. Part of the requirements include being competent in two English cognates (German and Latin). I also want to have a decent understanding of Hebrew, Koine Greek, Philosophical Mathematics, and Logic before I begin to do well. Because of this I plan to record each lesson). I’m titling the categories “Learn ___ with me” for each subject.

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  4. Useful Math
  5. Koine Greek
  6. Hebrew

German is important because of the level of Biblical scholarship that comes out of Germany. Latin is important because of the number of Bible manuscripts written in Latin and its influence on modern languages. Logic is important because of its rigor in drawing responsible conclusions and the Useful Math will be ancillary to that process. Koine Greek and Hebrew are important because they are the dominant languages that the original manuscripts of the Bible were written in.

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