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Pronunciation: German towns and cities Includes sound files!

Here are the names of 24 well-known towns and cities from the German-speaking countries. 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. Look up any of the places on the list with which how you are unfamiliar and note any towns or cities whose name is written differently in German than it is in English.

     1. Berlin
     2. Hannover
     3. Düsseldorf
     4. Wien
     5. Zürich
     6. Salzburg
     7. Basel
     8. London
     9. München
     10. Stuttgart
     11. Braunschweig
     12. Frankfurt
     13. Graz
     14. Bregenz
     15. Luzern
     16. Dresden
     17. Leipzig
     18. Magdeburg
     19. Dortmund
     20. Saarbrücken

Web links  Pronunciation and Alphabet Exercises  Web links

  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.
Anglicized German names How should the names of these famous people from the German-speaking countries actually be pronounced?
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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