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The German letters "V" and "Z" and pronouncing them.

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Hello everybody, I'll shere what I know about pronouncing "V" and "Z" in German.

The letter “Z” in German. Some of you might already know this, but the in German "Z" isn't pronounced the way it is in English, it's pronounced "ts" (Zwei(two), Zehn(ten), Zahlen(to pay), etc.).

The letter on it's own is pronounced “tsett”, and it should not be confused with the “estzett” ( ß ).

The letter “V” in German. The letter “V” is pronounced either 'v' or 'f '. German words where “V” is prononced “F” (this is not all, only some).

der Vater

der Vogel

die Versicherung

der Verkehr

die verdauung

Vergessen

Verzeihen

Viel

Von

Foreign words used in German where “V” is pronounced “V”.

das Volumen

das Verb

die Evakuierung

die Vase

die Universität

der Vegetarier

I'm not sure if that's all.

I hope this helps. If I've missed something or thereás something to add, please do.

Danke schön!

AP4418

April 11, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/Max.Em
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"tzett" should also be "tsett" then, if you intend to read it like English. For the rest I totally agree.

In German I'd write "zett", to be pronounced [ʦɛt].

April 11, 2018

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Hi Max.Em, yes definitely, I've edited that, thanks.

April 11, 2018

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Yes, the choice between f and v for old German words prounounced /f/ that applies to modern standard spelling is quite arbitrary. There are no rules. So 'voll' and 'viel' have v, whereas 'füllen' is written with f.

April 13, 2018
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