Deutsche Alphabet "Sounds"? Hey guys, The other day, I asked a German friend to review the German alphabet with me. I wanted to know the "name" of each letter, and the "sound" each one makes. This is what we are taught in English. For example, for the letter "B" we say the name is (in non-technical terms) "bee" and the sound it makes is "buh". For the letter "J" the name is "jay" and the sound is "juh." All of that's very non-technical (I don't know the official IPA symbols) but you get my point. My request seemed to confuse her. She said that in Germany, they talk about the "name" of letters, but they don't say the "sounds" they make. Now I was the confused one. How do you Germans talk about the sounds German letters make? Originally, I asked her for the "Name" and "klingen" of the letters. I know now that "klingen" is wrong in this context. So my question is, what's the correct way to ask this? How do you talk about the names and sounds of letters?? Thanks everyone!
Jan 19, 2017 6:37 PM
Answers · 4
The sound would be "die Aussprache" (=the pronunciation) in this context. I think most Germans probably will be confused gy your question, because in the German alphabet the sound of a letter is almost always in its name, the only exceptions being C, Q and (sometimes) Y.
January 21, 2017
On youtube, you will find several videos taht explain the pronounciation of the German alphabet. Here is one sample video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGga5_JpmSY
January 20, 2017
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