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How do I pronounce "Mädchen"?

March 31, 2018



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


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.

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I'd go with the ä sound as very close the short e in the English word end.


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 ;-)


According to en.wiktionary.org:

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

IPA(key): /ɛnd/

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

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Sei dankbar in allen großen und kleinen Dingen.


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 ...


Say "bet" and "bit" and do a vowel with your tongue between those two


It sounds similar to Meissen.

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