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I am having trouble with "wird" in German. The Duolingo application pronounces the word as "wilt"

Have you had other complaints about the this? It drives me crazy because it is a frequently used word and the pronunciation recorded in the computer is definitely "wilt".

August 14, 2017



It's pronounced the correct way. A "d" at the end of a word always sounds like "t", and the "r" is a soft German "r" which is not the same as an English "r".

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Here is a link: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/wird It sounds like viert would in English if it was a word. Do you mean it sounds like the English word wilt on your computer? What OS does it have?


To me is sounds like "wilt" in German or "vilt" in English. I very much like the fact that German words are pronounced like they are spelled. I rely on that heavily and the wird vs wilt issue is disconcerting. If the computer voice said "viert". that would be close enough to the spelling to be fine.So far everywhere I see wird in the application the problem exists.My computer OS is latest Ipad.but the same problem exists with my Win 10 computer

Below is a sentence in the app which demonstrates the issue. Wird is pronounced as wilt (German) or vilt (English) Ich weiß nicht was passieren wird . Many thanks for your help. Gene Guinn


I very much like the fact that German words are pronounced like they are spelled.

Unfortunately, that's untrue (although it is true that German spelling is more regular than English spelling). The [t] sound for the terminal "d" is entirely correct, and what you're hearing as "L" is usually given as [ɐ̯] (a "near-open central vowel") in IPA phonology. If you compare the pronunciations of "wird" and "Bild" in your Duolingo vocabulary list you should be able to hear the difference.


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I haven't gotten so far as to get to the word wird as that is third-person singular present of werden. Here the word is pronounced very clearly and I believe correctly: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/wird

I lived in Germany long enough to know how words sound.


I have also noticed this.


It's just a very soft r and the d is basically a t sound at the end of some words in German. Basically veert with a rolling soft r


You are right, there are some words that sound quite different from those they really mean (I am especially fond of their version of "Kamel" where they stress the first instead of the second syllable). Sometimes they just mumble ("nuscheln" in German), so try to use different sources of sound as well. I don't like those robot voices too much, but keep in mind that they can only use the resources we are willing to pay. So if there are a few bugs, keep in mind the 99% that work well.

Some online dictionaries have the option of listening to the words as well. If you are not sure just try these (e.g. dict.leo.org)

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