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Pronunciation Guide

Vowels

like 'u' in "cup", 'a' in "target"
like 'e' in "ten", 'a' in "band", 'eh' in Dehli (often silent at the end of a word)
like 'ee' in "week"
like 'oo' in "door", like 'o' in "top"
like 'ou' in "you"
ä 
like 'a' in "have"
ö 
like 'i' in "Sir"
ü 
similar to 'ew' in "dewar"

Consonants

like 'b' in "bed"
like 'ts' in "bits" after 'i' and 'e'; like 'k' in "kid" else
like 'd' in "dog"
like 'ph' in "phone"
like 'g' in "go"
like 'h' in "help"
like 'y' in "yoga"
like 'c' in "cat"
like 'l' in "love"
like 'm' in "mother"
like 'n' in "nice"
like 'p' in "pig"
like 'q' in "quest" (with "u", almost always)
like 'r' in "row", but not that rolling, 'r' in "arm", like 'r' in "feather" (often silent at end of word)
like 'ss' in "hiss", like 'z' in "haze"
like 't' in "top"
like 'v' in "victory" or like 'f' in "father"
like 'v' in "victory"
like 'cks' in "kicks"
like 'y' in "yes", like 'y' in "Pythagoras"
ß 
like 'ss' in "hiss"

Common dipthongs

au 
like 'ow' in "how"
ae 
transcription for 'ä' if not available on a keyboard
ah 
like 'a' in "bar"
ei 
like 'i' in "wine"
eu 
like 'oy' in "boy"
eh 
long 'e'
ie 
like 'ee' in "see"
ieh 
like 'ee' in "see"
oe 
transcription for 'ö' if not available on a keyboard
oh 
like 'oo' in "door"
ue 
transcription for 'ü' if not available on a keyboard
uh 
like 'ou' in "youth"
ch after 'a', 'o' and 'u'
something between 'ch' in "touch" and 'ch' in "mechanical", spoken in the throttle
ch after 'i' and 'e'
like 'ch' in "mechanical"
ph 
like 'f' in "fish"
sch 
like 'sh' in "sheep"
sp at the begining of a word 
like 'shp' in "fish pool"
st at the begining of a word 
like 'sht' in "ashtray"


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