Pronunciation of "Ich"
Is "Ich" really pronounced as "Eesh" by German Speakers? Reason I ask is because I have a book I was learning out of, that says Ich is pronounced as "Eehk", thereby emitting a "k" sound at the end instead of "sh". Can someone clear this up for me? Thanks!
@Luiseadh: The Scottish "ch" is correct in "ach", but it would be wrong in "ich". There are two different pronunciations of "ch" in German. Which one you need to use depends on the preceding vowel. Have a look at the link I posted earlier. It explains the whole thing perfectly.
The standard pronunciation is neither "eesh" nor "eehk". You can't really describe the pronunciation using English phonology because the "ch" sound does not exist in English. You might want to stop using your book. It's teaching you to speak German with an English accent. http://www.pauljoycegerman.co.uk/pronounce/consonch.html
Here you go, I found the same content mirrored elsewhere: http://joycep.myweb.port.ac.uk/pronounce/consonch.html
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The best ways I've found to describe it are: 1. Whisper the word "yes". That soft hiss you'll hear right before the "eh" sound is the soft "ch" in German. 2. Say the name "Hugh". The very first sound should sound just like what you hear when you whisper "yes", and is the same sound as the soft "ch" in German. Check out this site for more help: http://www.uiowa.edu/~acadtech/phonetics/