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Annik Rubens

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In this podcast, German podcaster Annik Rubens talks slowly about topics of everyday German life, from beergardens to recycling. More information and Premium Podcast with learning materials on Slow German at www.slowgerman.com. You can read the complete transcript of each episode on this internet-site or in the ID3-Tags.


The German ABC. Absolute Beginner #3

September 10th, 2010

Episode 108 of 190 episodes

Hello and welcome to the third episode for beginners – the long summer break is finally over and I hope I can produce more shows for you these coming weeks. Not only episodes for beginners, but also for advances learners. Today, I want to pick up a topic that listener Burt asked me to cover: The German alphabet. I will go through the 26 letters now slowly so that you can hear how they are pronounced. A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Then there are the „Umlaute“: Ä Ö Ü and we have a special „s“-sound, the ß. You don't hear a big difference, I know. Don't worry about that now. While we are at the topic of pronounciation: JJ from New Zealand asked me to tell him the difference between Z and S. There's a big difference there! For example: We say Sahne, meaning cream, but Zucker, meaning sugar. The Z is pronounced like a t and a s. TS. More word with Z? Let me think. How about Zahn for tooth, Zeppelin, Zimt for cinnamon or also words with the Z in the middle like Beziehung for relationship or Katze for cat. And one last thing: We have another sound in the German language, that is quite hard for beginners to pronounce. The CH-sound. It is either ch or ch. I'll give you some examples: Koch for cook, Buch for book, wach for awake. Or kichern for to giggle, Becher for cup and seicht for shallow. So much for this quick lesson in German pronounciation – we'll end with a repetition of the alphabet. Hope you tune in next time and tell your friends about this podcast! Bis bald, Eure Annik. A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z [audio:http://traffic.libsyn.com/slowgerman/sgabc.mp3] Episode hier herunterladen

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