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The German W and its V-sound

Hallo Leute!

There has been a question on my mind for quite a while now. It's about the German 'W'. I know that in Germany the letter W is pronounced as a V, but is that always the case? Because with many words I honestly keep hearing the W sound instead of V. Is that just me? Am I just imagining it, or do other people also hear that?

For example, the word Wirklich: I clearly hear the W sound when someone says it to me, instead of the supposed Virklich. Hmm, hopefully someone would be so kind to help me out with this one.


Sep 22, 2016 3:51 PM
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Well, there are two pronunciations for 'v' in German. The voiced one (Vase, Video) is indeed pronounced like 'w' (the German one, that is), the voiceless one (Vater, Vogel) like 'f'.

September 22, 2016


I think I understand the confusion. The lazy way to pronounce {w} in German does sound like "w." This is because to pronounce the "v" sound, you need to close the sound by putting your upper teeth on your bottom lip. When you're lazy or tired or want to sound cool, you wouldn't do this all the way and so the "v" would sound like "w".

October 7, 2016
The German W is always pronounced as [v]. And I am not even aware of a German dialect that pronounces it as [w]. So maybe it's really "just you".
October 7, 2016
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