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Chart: German Words in English

Pronouncing German Words in English 3

Porsche - Neanderthal - Adidas

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Frequently Mispronounced Terms
GERMAN in ENGLISH
with correct phonetic pronunciation
Word/Name Pronunciation
Adidas AH-dee-dass
Bayer bye-er
Braun
Eva Braun
brown
(not 'brawn')
Dr. Seuss
(Theodor Seuss Geisel)
soyce
Goethe
German author, poet
GER-ta ('er' as in fern)
and all oe-words
Hofbräuhaus
in Munich
HOFE-broy-house
Loess/Löss (geology)
fine-grained loam soil
lerss ('er' as in fern)
Neanderthal
Neandertal
nay-ander-tall
Porsche PORSH-uh
Gerhard Schröder
German chancellor
shrer-der ('er' as in fern)
not shro-der!
Phonetic guides shown are only approximate.
Terms marked with the ™ symbol are trademarked brands.
Hear MP3 Audio for these words!
ENGLISCH im DEUTSCHEN
English in German
with common German mispronunciation
Wort/Name Aussprache
airbag (Luftkissen) air-beck
Al Gore el gore
chatten (to chat) shetten
corned beef kornett beff
live (adj.) lyfe (live=life)
Nike nyke (silent e) or
nee-ka (German vowels)

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