German Pronounced Like English

German Pronounced Like English provide the easiest introduction to the pronunciation of German words.

The very easiest German Pronunciations are German words spelled like English and also pronounced like English, as listed below.

These are also the very easiest German words to take with you when you travel to Germany.

Some of the following German words spelled like English are recently borrowed from English, like 'Computer' and 'Internet'. Some others have been borrowed from French [‘Aperitif’] or from other languages by both English and German.

German words pronounced like English are enclosed in single quotation marks, as in: Baby [‘baby’] in the following pronunciation guide.

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.

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.

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German Words Spelled Like English And Pronounced Like English:

Note: German nouns are always capitalized.

ENGLISH -- GERMAN -- [SAY GERMAN]

adapter -- Adapter -- [‘adapter’]

aftershave -- Aftershave -- ['aftershave']

AIDS -- AIDS -- ['aids']

apartment -- Apartment -- [‘apartment’]

aperitif -- Aperitif -- [‘aperitif’]

arm -- Arm -- [‘arm’]

avocado -- Avocado -- [‘avocado’]

baby -- Baby -- [‘baby’]

babysitter -- Babysitter -- [‘babysitter’]

bank -- Bank -- [‘bank’]

bar (place) -- Bar -- [‘bar’]

baseball -- Baseball -- [‘baseball’]

basketball -- Basketball -- [‘basketball’]

bikini -- Bikini -- [‘bikini’]

café -- Café -- [‘cafe’]

camping -- Camping -- [‘camping’]

casino -- Casino -- [‘casino’]

cent (Euro) -- Cent -- [‘cent’]

Celsius -- Celsius -- ['celsius']

check-in -- Check-in -- [‘check-in’]

check-out -- Check-out -- [‘check-out’]

cola (soda) -- Cola -- [‘cola’]

computer -- Computer -- [‘computer’]

cracker -- Cracker -- [‘cracker’]

cricket (sport) -- Cricket -- [‘cricket’]

diesel -- Diesel -- ['diesel']

dill -- Dill -- [‘dill’]

display -- Display -- ['display']

dollar (U.S.) -- Dollar -- [‘dollar’]

donut (doughnut) -- Donut -- [‘doughnut’]

e-mail -- E-Mail -- [‘e-mail’]

express -- Express -- [‘express’]

extra (additional) -- extra -- [‘extra’]

fax -- Fax -- [‘fax’]

film (movie) -- Film -- [‘film’]

finger -- Finger [‘finger’]

florist -- Florist -- [‘florist’]

foto (photo) -- Foto -- [‘foto’]

gate(s) (airport) -- Gate(s) ['gate']

gel (hair) -- Gel -- ['gel’]

gin -- Gin -- [‘gin’]

gluten -- Gluten -- [‘gluten’]

golf -- Golf -- [‘golf’]

grill -- Grill -- ['grill']

halt -- Halt -- [‘halt’]

hamburger -- Hamburger -- [‘hamburger’]

hammer -- Hammer -- [‘hammer’]

hockey -- Hockey -- ['hockey']

hotel -- Hotel -- [‘hotel’]

in -- in -- [‘in’]

internet -- Internet -- [‘internet’]

internet café -- Internet Café -- [‘internet cafe’]

internet-service -- Internet-service -- [‘internet service’]

jazz -- Jazz -- [‘jazz’]

jeans -- Jeans -- [‘jeans’]

jet ski -- Jet Ski -- [‘jet ski’]

ketchup -- Ketchup -- [‘ketchup’]

kilo -- Kilo -- [‘kilo’]

liter -- Liter -- [‘liter’]

manager -- Manager -- [‘manager’]

mango -- Mango -- [‘mango’]

meeting -- Meeting -- [‘meeting’]

mini-bar -- Mini-Bar -- ['mini-bar']

mixer (blender) -- Mixer -- ['mixer']

moped -- Moped -- [‘moped’]

motor -- Motor -- [‘motor’]

November -- November -- [‘November’]

OK -- OK -- ['okay']

online-ticket -- Online-Ticket -- [‘online-ticket’]

papaya -- Papaya -- [‘papaya’]

park (n) -- Park -- [‘park’]

pasta -- Pasta -- [‘pasta’]

pilsner -- Pilsner -- [‘pilsner’]

pizzeria -- Pizzeria -- [‘pizzeria’]

pizza -- Pizza -- [‘pizza’]

pool -- Pool -- [‘pool’]

post (post office) -- Post -- [‘post’]

professor -- Professor -- [‘professor’]

rap (music) -- Rap -- ['rap']

recycling -- Recycling -- ['recyling']

ring -- Ring -- [‘ring’]

rugby -- Rugby -- ['rugby']

sandwich -- Sandwich -- [‘sandwich’]

scanner -- Scanner -- ['scanner']

scotch -- Scotch -- [‘scotch’]

service -- Service -- ['service']

sherry -- Sherry -- [‘sherry’]

sightseeing -- Sightseeing -- ['sightseeing']

snowboard -- Snowboard -- [‘snowboard’]

souvenir -- Souvenir -- ['souvenir']

spaghetti -- Spaghetti -- [‘spaghetti’]

sport -- Sport -- [‘sport’]

super (gas) -- Super -- [‘super’]

surfboard -- Surfboard -- [‘surfboard’]

sweatshirt -- Sweatshirt -- ['sweatshirt’]

tampon -- Tampon -- [‘tampon’]

taxi -- Taxi -- [‘taxi’]

Team -- Team -- [‘team’]

Tennis -- Tennis -- [‘tennis’]

Tequila -- Tequila -- [‘tequila’]

Ticket -- Ticket -- [‘ticket’]

Toast -- Toast -- [‘toast’]

Tofu -- Tofu -- [‘tofu’]

Tonic -- Tonic -- [‘tonic’]

Tour -- Tour -- ['tour']

T-shirt -- T-Shirt -- [‘T-shirt’]

Volleyball -- Volleyball -- [‘volleyball’]

wireless -- wireless -- [‘wireless’]

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In some cases two words spelled like English are joined together to form one German word:

ENGLISH -- GERMAN -- [SAY GERMAN]

hot dog -- Hotdog -- [‘hot dog’]

lift pass -- Liftpass -- [‘lift pass’]

mountain bike -- Mountainbike -- ['mountain bike']

tennis match -- Tennismatch -- [‘tennis match’]

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GERMAN PRONOUNCED LIKE ENGLISH BUT SPELLED DIFFERENT:

After German words spelled like English and also pronounced like English, the next easiest German pronunciations are German words pronounced like English but spelled differently:


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






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