Is 'W' always pronounced with a 'v' sound.
Hey Everyone. The 'w' in German if often pronounced with a 'v' sound. However is this always the case? At the beginning of a word I think it always is but sometimes I think I hear a 'w' sound in words like 'Schwimmt' or 'Schweiz'. Am I just hearing it wrong? Danke.
It's said with the /v/ sound, often, yes. However, some speakers, especially the southern or Swiss speakers use /ʋ/, which is pronounced with the upper teeth softly touching the lower lips. Northern Dutch speakers (here, northern = from above the Meuse and Rhine, known as Maas and Rhein in German) use the latter.
Schweiz is pronounced "Shvitze" - und "Shvimt" (using English phonetics for pronunciation).
I often notice when I say words like Schwimmt or Schweiz the "v" sound seems to be softened. Something about the preceding "sch" seems to soften the "v" sound, but maybe that's just me.