German syllables and accents

I am beginning to learn/study German and it would help enormously if I could reference a tool, short of a paper dictionary, that would break German words into their syllables and accents. My thinking is I could try to practice the correct pronunciation from the start. Can anyone recommend such a tool that notes syllables and accents?

Many thanks !

September 6, 2017


not sure but i was wondering the same thing.

September 6, 2017

An interesting question indeed. Although this would be helpful I personally would advice that you just learn the words by heart and then the pronunciation will come to you in many cases. Duolingo's pronunciation is pretty bad so indeed I would suggest going somewhere else for pronunciation but for just the learning of the language I would diffidently support Duolingo. And By the way I don't have any websites or places in mind but I'm sure you could find something.

September 6, 2017

Hi cluney2, That you for not only understanding my question but finding it interesting and providing a response. I am quite familiar with the pronunciation from both Duolingo and Google Translate. Learning the word by heart would be substantially accelerated by a clear view of the syllables and accents. I have looked for such a site that would do just this but I am not able to find one.

Since you are sure I could find such a site (that is, one that shows the syllables and accents of German words) any chance you were able to find such a site?? Fingers crossed, you will find the search for such a site interesting.

September 7, 2017

Hi ny330radno,
There are two websites that come to mind regarding your question:

  1. Duden - The go-to de facto dictionary for all German speakers. It has lots of information per word, including a syllable break-down and audible pronunciation. What I believe it lacks is specific written down information pertaining to the pronunciation i.e. accents/emphasis.

  2. Forvo - Just about every word. Pronounced. By a native speaker. Sometimes more. I've found it really useful when I'm not sure how to pronounce a word or am uncertain of the difference in pronunciation between different words.

Okay, I said there were only two, but another two have popped into my head since starting:

  1. Wikipedia - Needs no introduction. This often has pronunciation guides for words, however...

  2. Wiktionary - ...always does. I actually think this could (and maybe should) be your first point of call for this sort of stuff. I just checked out Brötchen as an example and they've got the pronunciation written out in IPA (if you're serious about wanting the correct pronunciation, I would seriously consider learning the IPA system), the audible pronunciation, and then the audible pronunciation in Austrian German as well!

September 7, 2017
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