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A a

Ah; astronaut

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B b

Bay; baby

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C c

Tsay; creative, Celsius( soft c sound in German sounds like ts)

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D d

Day; dollar

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E e

Ey; elegant

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F f

Eff; effort

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G g

Gay; gorgeous

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H h

Haa; hammer

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I i

Eeh; Igor

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J j

Yot; yellow

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K k

Kah; camel

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L l

Ell; love

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M m

Em; man

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N n

En; nice

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O o

Oh; oven

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P p

Pay; party

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Q q

Koo; coral

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R r

Ehr; rich

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S s

Es; zoo, shine, mouse

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T t

Tay; tyrant

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U u

Ooh; sounds like Spanish 'u'

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V v

Fow; father

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W w

Vay; van

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X x

Ix; sounds like 'kz'

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Y y

Ep-si-lohn; yellow

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Z z

Tzet; makes 'ts' sound

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Ä ä

Similar to 'e' in melon

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Ö ö

Similar to 'i' in girl

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Ü ü

No equivalent in English; sounds kind of like 'ew' in ewie (as in gross)

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ß

Esszet; makes an English 's' sound

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If a word ends in -ig the -g makes the same sound as 'ch' in Bach.

If a word starts with st- or sp- the 's' makes the 'sh' sound. However, in northern Germany they simply pronounce it like 's'.

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If an 'h' follows a vowel then the vowel is long.

If a word has 'th' it simply makes a 't' sound.

If a word has a double consonant (e.g. -nn) following a vowel then the vowel is short.

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The spelling 'sch' is pronounced as the English 'sh.'

The spelling 'eu' is pronounced as 'oy.'

The spelling 'ie' is pronounced simply as the 'e' sound.

The spelling 'ei' is pronounced as 'ay' in 'hay.'