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Apfel versus Äpfel

I understand that Apfel is singular while Äpfel is plural. I can tell the difference between the two when reading, but I have a hard time distinguishing the two when hearing them. Is there a noticeable difference in the two pronunciations that I need to work on hearing, or is context the only clue when having a conversation?

July 3, 2012



"A" makes an "ah" sound, while "Ä" makes more of an "eh" sound. So Apfel should sound like Ahpfel, and Äpfel should sound like Ehpfel.


The computer voice can be quite misleading. You might want to listen to some real audio recordings. http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Apfel http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%C3%84pfel


Cheers Christian I think I will do that... I have been doing the French lessons and the pronpunciations are so very different to what they expect so I will strongly agree with you that the computer voice can really be misleading ....... but it does make me smile because when the lesson question later repeats I write out what they expect and have the voice go over again and again to see the similarity and it just makes me smile

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