"Er spricht Deutsch."

Translation:He speaks German.

March 30, 2013



Sound not clear :"Er" sounds like "Ihr"

March 30, 2013


Er = sound of "a" in air or "fair" in english

Ihr = sound of "e" ear in english

October 17, 2014


I typed in what I heard and its sounded like Ihr (ear) and not air Er. I listened to it 3 times

December 19, 2015


Well here's the thing: back when I was super terrible at English, sometimes "ear" sounded like "air" to me, when I was having conversations. When words are pronounced really fast, it's really hard to tell what vowel sound they make when they are in the a, ae, e spectrum of vowel sounds. It's normal to mishear them if this is the first time you're learning but I guarantee you that you'll hear "er" when you get enough practice :)

December 20, 2015


I get clues from the verb conjugation. If it were "ihr", the verb would be "sprecht"

July 28, 2014


Thanks for your reply. I know how to distinguish both the sounds but in this case Er sounds like ear and therefore I make a note.

March 30, 2013


this is one of the few times i heard er clearly.

June 25, 2013


I can't confirm that.

March 30, 2013


yes yes it does

September 10, 2016


How Do you pronounce spricht/ spreche ?

October 10, 2015


The "ch" in German makes a soft "K" sound kind of. There isn't an equivalent English sound. Try making a "K" and "H" sound at the same time. Try watching some videos on how to pronounce German words with "ch" in them to really get the sound down!

May 29, 2016


I think of it more as a sound between the English 'sh' and 'h'. Is that a good way of putting it?

June 5, 2016


How would you say "He speaks Dutch." in German?

December 3, 2015


"He speaks Dutch" = "Er spricht Niederländisch" ... "He speaks German" = "Er spricht Deutsch"

December 8, 2015


How {e} in [sp{e}rche] became {i} in [spr{i}cht]?

September 23, 2016


How would one Say "He Speaks no German" or "He doesn't speak German". Er spricht nicht Deutsch?

June 25, 2016


    Er spricht kein Deutsch.

    March 19, 2017


    The exercise is wrong. I wrote "he speaks English" for the sentence Er sprecht Englisch and the "right answer" is "he talks English". It doesn't have nay logical sense... anyone says "I talk x or y language", we say "I speak x or y language"

    February 5, 2017


    The best way to report that kind of thing is with the flag icon, not the chat icon. The developers are more likely to see reports than conversations.

    November 30, 2017


    How to pronounce er? And wir the R es mute right? Does anyone know a video that teaches how to pronounce the German R?

    February 22, 2016


    Everything is so hard to pronounce

    August 30, 2016


    Why sprecht is wrong in this situation and the right answer is spricht?

    June 30, 2018


    Does this mean 'he is speaking German right now' or 'he can speak German'?

    January 31, 2019


    I typed 'He is speaking German' but it told me that was incorrect. Can it not be used as both or does it have to be used in a specific context?

    April 29, 2019
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