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The following 16 people have become well-known in the English-speaking world for their political, cultural or social achievements. In many cases however, we do not say their names in the same way that they would be pronounced in Germany. Read each word to yourself in the way that a German would pronounce it and then click on the sound icon next to each word to listen to it being spoken a German native speaker. How many of these people have you not heard of? Look up any of the names on the list with which you are unfamiliar and find out what they are famous for.

     1. Jürgen Klinsmann
     2. Steffi Graf
     3. Berti Vogts
     4. Gerhard Schröder
     5. Jörg Haider
     6. Arnold Schwarzenegger 
     7. Rudi Völler
     8. Friedrich Schiller
     9. Ludwig van Beethoven
     10. Hermann Hesse
     11. Sigmund Freud
     12. Friedrich Nietzsche
     13. Marlene Dietrich
     14. Dietmar Hamann
     15. Martin Luther
     16. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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  Pronunciation exercises
Anglicized German words How to pronounce German words that have made their way into the English language.
Similar words in English and German These words in this exercise may look familiar to us, but are spoken very differently in German.
German names for cities How do native German speakers refer to the following towns and cities?
German tongue-twisters Listen to and then try to repeat a collection of German tongue-twisters.
  Alphabet exercises
Spelling your name Listen to some German names being spelled and see if you can write them down.
German abbreviations Read out some German abbreviations and then hear how they should sound.
MFG - mit freundlichen Grüßen Watch a video for a German rap video made up of abbrevations and then sing along to the instrumental!

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