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How do I pronounce "Mädchen"?

March 31, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/SW0967
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https://forvo.com/word/m%C3%A4dchen/#de The example from "firmian" is good (in my opinon).

March 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/drvdw
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An ä is not a sound that native English speakers make. It is not a short a like in “catch”. It is not a long a like in “made” either, though that is slightly closer. To me the closest vowel sound in English is a short e like in “end”.

The ch part is also not an English sound and it was harder for me to learn than ä. “ch” is sort of like how you would immitate a hissing cat. It is on the roof of your mouth in the back. That’s the best I can describe.

April 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/slamRN
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I'd go with the ä sound as very close the short e in the English word end.

April 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Hannibal-Barkas
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that depends. In this case I'd use the a as in bad, a prolonged form. The stress is on the ä. Be thankful Germans don't use accents to show the point you have to put the stress on (as the Spanish do). Just imagine an accent on the Umlaut ;-)

April 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/drvdw
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According to en.wiktionary.org:

Mädchen
IPA(key): /ˈmɛːtçən/ (used naturally in western Germany and Switzerland)
IPA(key): /ˈmeːtçən/ (overall more common; particularly northern and eastern regions)

end
IPA(key): /ɛnd/

bad
IPA(key): /bæd/

So with the less common pronounciation of Mädchen in Germany, ɛː is the ä, wheras end has the same vowel ɛ (without the long suprasegmental symbol). The more common ponounciation uses a vowel not in English (eː)

According to wikipedia, æ (as in bad) is not used in standard German. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:IPA/Standard_German

April 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/slamRN
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Sei dankbar in allen großen und kleinen Dingen.

April 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/gmbka
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Du kannst perfekt ausdruecken was Du sagen willst, deshalb weiss ich nicht ob Du korrigiert werden willst. Falls nicht, dann ist dies das erste und letzte Mal.

Sie dankbar fuer ...

April 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Saskia390132

Madchen. The ä like the a in catch. The ch like nicht. If you have problems with the ch sound: it is part of the english word cute

March 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Polygl-not
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My friend (who's fluent in German) claimed that it's pronounced like the English word "made" plus the "tion" sound from "vacation"

April 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Hermesianax
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Apparently not fluent enough, because the chen part is definitely not pronounced like "tion" in "vacation". 'Ch' is a sound not present in English, but comparable to 'ch' in Scottish "loch", a guttural sound.

April 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Hannibal-Barkas
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close enough, but you really should follw the link provided by sw0967

April 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/gmbka
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April 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Garrett240248

(Meed-chin) I believe, or at least that is what the example sounded like.

April 2, 2018
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