German Pronounced Like English But Spelled Differently

German words pronounced like English but spelled differently are pronunciations that you already know from English that apply to German.

This is the Easiest German Pronunciation even though the word is spelled differently in German than in English.

When you see a foreign word spelled slightly differently from English, you might assume that it is also pronounced slightly differently from English. But in many cases a foreign word spelled slightly differently from English is pronounced the same as in English -- or can be pronounced the same as in English and be understood.

Some parts of these German words pronounced like English are spelled the same way as in English.

Some German words are pronounced like English, and in the following pronunciation guide the German words pronounced like English are enclosed in single quotation marks, as in: hier -- [‘here’].

To keep German pronunciation easiest, German words are shown to have a similar pronunciation to English if the stress is on the same syllable, and the letters are pronounced enough alike that German people will probably understand what you mean if you pronounce those words as you do in English. You may merely sound like you have a ‘English accent’ in German.

Later you can listen to how German people pronounce them, and try to mimic any small differences in pronunciation to make them sound more authentically German.

Most likely not to be understood are short words of one syllable. The more syllables a word has, the less likely it is to be misunderstood, because the adjoining syllables help clarify the meaning of any one syllable that might sound ambiguous, and might be mistaken for a different word by the listener.

A famous funny example of French being misunderstood is “Je t’adore!” -- three syllables pronounced [zhuh tah-DOHR]. It means ‘I love you!’ -- but to an English-speaker it can sound like ‘Shut the door!’

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German Pronounced Like English But Spelled Differently:

ENGLISH -- GERMAN -- [SAY]

Note: German nouns are always capitalized.

acne -- Akne -- [‘acne’]

acupuncture -- Akupunktur -- [‘acupuncture’]

alcohol -- Alkohol -- [‘alcohol’]

aromatherapy -- Aromatherapie -- [‘aromatherapy’]

attractive -- attraktiv -- [‘attractive’]

bakery -- Bäckerei -- [‘bakery’]

banana -- Banane -- [‘banana’]

battery -- Batterie -- [‘battery’]

beer -- Bier -- [‘beer’]

broccoli -- Brokkoli -- [‘broccoli’]

brown -- braun -- [‘brown’]

brunette -- brünett -- [‘brunette’]

buttermilk -- Buttermilch -- [‘buttermilk’]

camera -- Kamera -- [‘camera’]

can (v) -- kann -- [‘can’ as in British: kahn]

Canada -- Kanada -- [‘Canada’]

carabiner -- Karabiner -- [‘carabiner’]

caramel -- Karamell -- [‘caramel’]

casino -- Kasino -- [‘casino’]

celery -- Sellerie -- [‘celery’]

centimeter -- Zentimeter -- [‘centimeter’]

checks -- Shecks -- [‘checks’]

chickory -- Chikorée -- [‘chickory’]

coffee -- Kaffee -- [‘coffee’]

cognac -- Kognak -- [‘cognac’]

compliment -- Kompliment -- [‘compliment’]

concert -- Konzert -- [‘concert’]

condom -- Kondom -- [‘condom’]

conference -- Konferenz -- [‘conference’]

cutlet -- Kotelett -- [‘cutlet’]

coriander -- Koriander -- [‘coriander’]

crabs -- Krebs -- [‘crabs’]

December -- Dezember -- [‘December’]

dozen -- Dutzend -- [‘dozen’]

engineer -- Ingenieur -- [‘engineer’]

English -- Englisch -- [‘English’]

father -- Vater -- [‘father’]

fish -- Fisch -- [‘fish’]

flounder -- Flunder -- [‘flounder’]

fresh -- frisch -- [‘fresh’]

full -- voll -- [‘full’]

garden -- Garten -- [‘garden’]

glass -- Glas -- [‘glass’ as in British: glahs]

good -- gut -- [‘good’]

guava -- Guave -- [‘guava’]

handbook -- Handbuch -- [‘handbook’]

hello -- hallo -- [‘hello’]

here -- hier -- [‘here’]

herring -- Hering -- [‘herring’]

heterosexual -- heterosexuell -- [‘heterosexual’]

homosexual -- homosexuell -- [‘homosexual’]

house -- Haus -- [‘house’]

ice -- Eis -- [‘ice’]

insect -- Inseckt -- [‘insect’]

is -- ist -- [‘is’]

kosher -- koscher -- [‘kosher’]

lamb -- Lamm -- [‘lamb’]

leather -- Leder -- [‘leather’]

liqueur -- Likör -- [‘liqueur’]

long -- lang -- [‘long’]

louder -- lauter -- [‘louder’]

macaroni -- Makkaroni -- [‘macaroni’]

medicine -- Medizin -- [‘medicine’]

milk -- Milch -- [‘milk’]

milkshake -- Milchshake -- [‘milkshake’]

motorboat -- Motorboot -- [‘motorboat’]

noodle -- Nudel -- [‘noodle’]

nougat -- Nugat -- [‘nougat’]

October -- Oktober -- [‘October’]

octopus -- Oktopus -- [‘octopus’]

oil -- Öl -- [‘oil’]

omelet -- Omelett -- [‘omelet’]

on -- an -- [‘on’]

packet -- Paket -- [‘packet’]

penicilin -- Penizilin -- [‘penicilin’]

penthouse -- Penthaus -- [‘penthouse’]

picnic -- Picknick -- [‘picnic’]

price -- Preis -- [‘price’]

program -- Programm -- [‘program’]

rice -- Reis -- [‘rice’]

saffron -- Safran -- [‘saffron’]

salad -- Salat -- [‘salad’]

shrine -- Schrein -- [‘shrine’]

Stop! -- Stopp! -- [‘Stop!’]

summer -- Sommer -- [‘summer’]

telephone -- Telephon -- [‘telephone’]

temple -- Tempel -- [‘temple’]

toilet -- Toilette -- [‘toilet’]

tomato -- Tomate -- [‘tomato’]

truffle -- Trüffel -- [‘truffle’]

vanilla -- Vanille -- [‘vanilla’]

vermouth -- Wermut -- [‘vermouth’]

vodka -- Wodka -- [‘vodka’]

yogurt -- Joghurt -- [‘yogurt’]

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LINKED TOGETHER IN GERMAN

In some cases an English phrase is similar to one word in German -- and that German word equal to an English phrase.

This linking words together in German causes little problem for you when both parts are similar to English, but makes for some other very long unfamiliar words in German.

ENGLISH -- GERMAN – [SAY GERMAN]

beer garden -- Biergarten -- [‘beer garden’]

country music -- Country-Musik -- [‘country music’]

digital photos -- Digitalfotos -- [‘digital photos’]

ice tea -- Eis-Tee -- [‘ice tea’]

house wine -- Hauswein -- [‘house wine’]

ice cream -- Eiscreme -- [‘ice cream’]

pop music -- Popmusick -- [‘pop music’]

steak house -- Steakhaus -- [‘steak house’]

sterling silver -- Sterlingsilber -- [‘sterling silver’]

symphony orchestra -- Symphonieorchester -- [‘symphony orchestra’]

telephone number -- Telephonnummer -- [‘telephone number’]

tuna fish -- Tunfisch -- [‘tuna fish’]

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