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Der Vulkan

This is on of the first words I've run into in German that use the english 'v' sound for 'v'. Am I hearing this wrong or am I correct?

January 21, 2018



There is a lot of those, basically all from Romance (or English or proper names): Revolution, ovoid, Volt, Larve, Vegetarier, Sklave, Advent, Pullover, Violine, violett, Vita, nervös, ...


useful, mofalt, thanks Edit: and that makes me wonder how Germans pronounce Latin quotes; do they say feni fidi fici, or veni vidi vici, or weni widi wici ?


I think it would be hard to hear a difference between veni, vidi, vici and weni, widi wici in German. Anyway that is the way Germans pronounce a Latin quote (not feni...). Although I recently learned that in original classic Latin the v was pronounced like the English "wh". Just as an aside.


Yes, that is correct. I'm not positive on its etymology, but I'm guessing it's a borrowed word, possibly from the Romans.


You are correct. Die Vase is another one.


Das "V" wird oft wie das englische "V" ausgesprochen, wenn es in Fremdwörtern steht. "Der Vulkan", "die Vase" wurden schon als Beispiele genannt. "Eventuell", "Verifizierung", "Verb" sind weitere Beispiele.

Hier, bei WordReference, gibt es einen interessanten Thread dazu (vor allem Beitrag #4) https://forum.wordreference.com/threads/aussprache-v-in-eva-klavier.1160756/?hl=de


der Vulkan (not Volkan)

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