https://www.duolingo.com/zoba.pa

pronouncing ich

I pronounce ich like "eesh". is this terrible? I have a friend who's doing a Ph.D. in German and she told me this is wrong. But on Duolingo this is what I feel like the voice is saying during the lessons. Is it okay to pronounce it like this or not?

Thanks!

August 26, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/igelchen
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There are regions in Germany that pronounce this "ch" as "sh". It's not the standart pronunciation but you would be understood. However, if you want to do it "correctly" and have problems with pronouncing "ch", try smiling when saying "sh", that moves your lower lip away from your teeth, and the "sh" should turn into a "ch" :)

August 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/wickie-hey
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Hello zoba.pa ! If I were you, I would have a look at "dict.leo.org". There you also can hear the pronounciation for every word, and it sounds natural.

August 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/person243

You definitely need a short "i" in the start of the word. Like in "kid" or "it". If that is done all versions such as: "ick", "ish" or however you try to come close to the "ch" sound will be understood. Some are also regional dialects others are just display of your accent.

I hope I could be of help.

August 27, 2017
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