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Pronunciation: Similar words in English and German Includes sound files!

The words in the table below have similar forms in German and English. They are pronounced however in a very different way in both languages. 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 native German speaker. Which words in the list also have a different meaning in German and English?

     1. die Chance
     2. das Theater
     3. die Symphonie
     4. das Quiz
     5. der Athlet
     6. die Zone 
     7. das Gel
     8. die Butter
     9. wild
     10. der Strand
(= the beach)
     11. der Christ
(= the Christian)
     12. die Note
     13. der Zoo
     14. England
     15. Volkswagen
     16. Mercedes
     17. Porsche
     18. der Winter
     19. das Bad
(= the bath)
     20. Berlin
     21. das Handy
(= the mobile phone)
     22. die Taste
(= the key; the button)
     23. China
     24. das Boot
(= the boat)

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  Pronunciation exercises
Anglicized German words How to pronounce German words that have made their way into the English language.
Anglicized German names How should the names of these famous people from the German-speaking countries actually be pronounced?
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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