Alphabet & Pronunciation

Letter Name Pronunciation Example
a ah a as in father das
b bay b as in baby bitte
c tsay ts as in its
d day d as in day (at end: t) das
e ay e as in get (eh: long) geht
f ef f as in fan auf
g gay g as in go  (at end: k) gut
h hah h as in hot haus
i ee i as in hit (ih: long) ist, ihnen
j yoht y as in your ja
k kah k as in kid kommen
l el l as in law lauter
m em m as in mother machen
n en n as in new nein
o oh o as in not (oh: long) wo, wohnen
p pay p as in peach sprechen
q koo q as in quit
r ehr r as in rod lehrer
s
ß (ss)
es z as in zoo (at end: s)
sh as in she (before p, t)
s as in see
sie
sprechen
heissen
t tay t as in talk bitte
u oo u as in put gut
v fow f as in fan vater
w vay v as in vase was
x iks x as in axiom
y ipselon y as in
z tzet tz as in zehn

Umlaut & Diphthongs

Letters Pronunciation Example
ä a as in apple Universität
au
äu
au in sauerkraut
oy as in toy
auf
Fräulein
ei ai as in aisle nein
eu oy as in toy Deutsch
ie ie as in believe bier
ö er as in her könig
ü (Mandarin "fish") Müller

Consonant clusters

Letters Pronunciation Example
ch ch as in loch ich
sch sh as in she schnell
tsch ch as in church Deutsch