THE Ultimate Guide to German Pronunciation

German Pronunciation Practice with Tongue Twisters

Once you have a general grasp of how German pronunciation works, it is time to start thinking about how to practice this on your own. One of the best ways I have found is playing around with German tongue twisters. They often alternate similar sounds and force you to focus on exactly what you are saying and how you are saying it. Below you will find my recommended tongue twisters and the sounds they practice. If you would like to take a deeper dive into German pronunciation, you can download my Beginner German e-book or my German pronunciation guide.

Long A vs Short A

Acht alte Ameisen aßen am Abend Ananas. –
Eight old ants ate pineapples in the evening.

Long E vs Short E

Esel essen Nesseln nicht, Nesseln essen Esel nicht. –
Donkeys don’t eat nettles, nettles don’t eat donkeys.

Z-sound

Am Zehnten Zehnten um zehn Uhr zehn zogen zehn zahme Ziegen zehn Zentner Zucker zum Zoo. –
On October 10th at 10:10, 10 tame goats pull 10 centners (a European unit of weight and equals 50kg) of sugar to the zoo.

Consonant + R vs “ER” Ending Words

Bierbrauer Bauer braut braunes Bier. –
Beer brewing Bauer (last name) brews brown beer.

Ü Practice

Müller Lümmer frühstückt schüsselweise grünes Gemüse. –
Lümmer the miller eats green vegetables by the bowlful for breakfast.

Ü vs OR

Bürsten mit harten Borsten bürsten besonders sauber. – Brushes with hard bristles brush particularly clean.

Diphthongs

Weil lustige Leute laufend lachen, lachen lustige Leute auch beim Laufen. –
Because humorous people laugh all the time, humorous people laugh even when they run.

Back CH

Der Koch roch auch noch in der Nacht nach Knoblauch. –
Even in the night, the cook smelled of garlic.

Front CH

Echte Dichter dichten leichter bei Licht. –
Real poets find it easier to compose in daylight.

CH vs CK

Der Dachdecker deckt dein Dach, drum dank dem Dachdecker, der dein Dach deckt. –
The roofer roofs your roof, so thank the roofer who roofs your roof.

SCH

Schneiders Schere schneidet scharf – scharf schneidet Schneiders Schere. –
Schneider’s scissors cut sharply – sharply is how Schneider’s scissors cut.

D

Der dicke Dieter trägt den dünnen Dieter über den dicken Dreck. –
Fat Dieter carries thin Dieter across the thick mud.

F

Fischers Fritz fischt frische Fische. –
The Fischer’s son Fritz is fishing for fresh fish.

J

Jedes Jahr im Juli essen Jana und Julia Johannisbeeren. –
Every year in July Jana and Julia eat blackcurrants.

K

Kluge kleine Katzen kratzen keine Krokodile. –
Clever little cats don’t scratch crocodiles.

W

Wer will weiße Wäsche waschen? –
Who wants to wash white laundry?

Beginner German with Herr Antrim E-Book Sample from the Pronunciation Chapter

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Beginner German with Herr Antrim Chapter 1: German Pronunciation
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