What is the British pronunciation

The pronunciation of vowels in English

Learn the pronunciation of the vowels in English now. Here you have to be prepared for some differences to German.

Here you will find pronunciation aids and descriptions for the following vocabulary:

AEIOUY

The A.
The A. is often pronounced much brighter in English than in German, almost more like a German a. This is the case with a great many words in English.

EXAMPLES

English

Phonetic spelling

German

can

[kæn]

can

sand

[sænd]

sand

man

[mæn]

man

casual

[′ Kæʒjuəl]

random; easy (in terms of casual)

have

[hæv]

to have

Because the letter A. is pronounced alone [eɪ], this diphthong also occurs often in words.

EXAMPLES

English

Phonetic spelling

German

race

[reɪs]

Race

space

[speɪs]

Space, space, space

stay

[steɪ]

stay

The E.
The E. often becomes like a German I. pronounced, e.g. B. is called me me: me [mi:]. But sometimes it also becomes like a German one E. pronounced or like a Ä. Furthermore, the E can also appear as a silent sound at the end of a word:

EXAMPLES

English

Phonetic spelling

German

help

[hεlp]

help

be

[bi:] or [bɪ]

be

bed

[bεd]

bed

benefit

[bεnɪfɪt]

Benefit, profit

become

[bɪ′kʌm]

become

have

[hæv]

to have

The I.
The I. is mostly pronounced like a diphthong, namely [a: i]. This does not apply to all words, but it does to most of them.

EXAMPLES

English

Phonetic spelling

German

wine

[waɪn]

Wine

mine

[man]

my

fine

[faɪn]

fine

smile

[smaɪl]

smile

while

[waɪl]

While; while

file

[faɪl]

file

but:

EXAMPLES

English

Phonetic spelling

German

fill

[fɪl]

to fill

bill

[bɪl]

Bill, bill

want

[wɪl]

Testament, will

thin

[θɪn]

thin

thick

[θɪk]

thick

sick

[sɪk]

ill

kick

[kɪk]

Kick; to step

am

[bɪn]

Trash can

win

[wɪn]

win

brim

[brɪm]

edge

grim

[grɪm]

gloomy, macabre

As you can see it will I. pronounced as [i] if after no vowel sound comes.

The O
The O is pronounced either as in German (but not as openly as here) or also [ɘu].

EXAMPLES

English

Phonetic spelling

German

So!

[sɘu]

So!

No!

[nɘu]

No!

boring

[bɔ: riɳ]

boring

stop

[stop]

stop

An equivalent of the English O The pronunciation [ɘu] is not found in German - so it is better to listen to this sound on the CD.

The U
The U often represents a diphthong: [iu:] or [ju:]. As with I., concerns this debate of the U not all of the words, but most of them.

EXAMPLES

English

Phonetic spelling

German

tube

[tju: b]

Tube, the London Underground

tune

[tju: n]

song

Here are more examples of how to do that U can still pronounce in English.

EXAMPLES

English

Phonetic spelling

German

under

[′ Ʌndə]

under

but

[bʌt] * / [bət] **

but

fun

[fʌn]

fun

sun

[sʌn]

Sun

* If that but should be particularly emphasized, it is pronounced [bʌt].

** If that but is not emphasized, it is pronounced [bət].

The Y
The Y will be like a I. or like a J pronounced.

EXAMPLES

English

Phonetic spelling

German

yes

[jɛs]

Yes

yeast

[ji: st]

yeast

you

[ju:]

you

layer

[′ Leɪə]

Layer, location, level

player

[′ Pleɪə]

player

bayonet

[′ Beɪənɪt]

bayonet

May

[meɪ]

May

way

[weɪ]

Way, way, way

boy

[bɔɪ]

Boy

The letter becomes on its own Y [waɪ] pronounced, exactly like the question word why (Eng .: why).

At this point we would like to point out that in Lesson 35 (Babysitting is the title of this little story) the ABC is auditioned in full and in English.

In the next chapter you will find nine consonants and consonant combinations that are pronounced differently than in German.