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German Umlauts: ä ö ü 🥇

u umlaut, a umlaut, o umlaut

The German alphabet consists of 26 letters but there’re also umlauted forms with two dots. We’ve three umlauts in German (ä, ö, ü).

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German umlauts ä ö ü

How to pronounce the German umlauts: ä, ö, ü

The German alphabet consists of 26 basic letters. There are also umlauted forms. We have three of them in German (ä, ö and ü). Can you see the little dots over the vowels?

By the way, you can listen to the whole alphabet here: German Alphabet ABC.

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      Lesson 25

Ä Ö Ü

a umlaut

The ä is pronounced like the: a in apple or the ai in air.

o umlaut

The ö sounds similar to the:

e in her,

i in bird,

ea in earn,

u in burn

or the French eu.

u umlaut

The German ü doesn’t have a real equal in English. However, maybe you know how to pronounce the letter u in French, it sounds just like the German ü.

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      Lesson 25
Here are some words with the umlaut a
(Most of the time the ä sounds similar to the German e)
das Mädchen the girl
die Bären the bears
die Käfer the beetles
Here are some words with the umlaut o
schön beautiful
die Löwen the lions
die Vögel the birds
blöd stupid
Here are some words with the umlaut u
küssen to kiss
üben to exercise
dünn thin
die Prüfung the exam
für for

OK, let’s build some sentences.

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How To Learn With Part A

  1. Read and listen a few times.
  2. Repeat after the speaker.
  3. Make sure that you imitate the pronunciation of the speaker.
  4. After a few repetitions go on to part B (farther below).
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      Lesson 25A
Das Mädchen ist dünn und schön.
The girl is thin and beautiful.

Löwen, Bären, Vögel und Käfer sind Tiere. 
Lions, bears, birds and beetles are animals.

Wir üben für die Prüfung.
We are practicing for the exam.

Prüfungen sind blöd.
Exams suck.

Listen a few times then try to answer the questions in part B.
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Repetition is the key.
Practicing with the question and answer technique will enable your brain to think in German step by step and this is very important if you want to speak German fluently some day!

a, o, u with umlaut

Basic Lesson No 25B

German umlauts ö ä ü

How To Learn With Part B

Question and Answer Part

This technique is very effective to store new information (the words, pronunciation, structure etc.) in your brain.

Don't be afraid of part B. I use the same words as in part A.

Read and listen a few times to the questions and answers.

  1. Answer the questions in the pauses (you may look also at the answers).
  2. After a few times don't look at the answers anymore.
  3. Make sure that you imitate the pronunciation of the speaker.
  4. Repeat the lesson until you can answer the questions easily.
How to learn with part B

Question and Answer Part

This technique is very effective to save new information (the words, pronunciation, structure etc.) in your brain. Don't be afraid of part B. I use the same words as in part A.

  1. Read and listen a few times to the question and answers.
  2. Answer the questions in the pauses (you may look also at the answers).
  3. After a few times don't look at the answers anymore.
  4. Make sure that you imitate the pronunciation of the speaker.
  5. Repeat the lesson until you can answer the questions easily.
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      Lesson 25B
Fragen und Antworten: 

Frage:
Wer (who) ist dünn und schön? 

Kurze Antwort:
Das Mädchen

Lange Antwort:
Das Mädchen ist dünn und schön.

Was (what) sind Löwen, Bären, Vögel und Käfer?
Tiere
Löwen, Bären, Vögel und Käfer sind Tiere.

Für was üben wir?
Für die Prüfung.
Wir üben für die Prüfung.

Sind Prüfungen blöd?
Ja, Prüfungen sind blöd.
Prüfungen sind blöd, doof und total bescheuert.

German Umlauts in Unicode 

If you want to use the German umlauts, but don’t have a German keyboard, there is still a way. Simply use the ALT key on your keyboard and then use the following number combinations:

ä = ALT+0228

ö = ALT+0246

ü = ALT+0252

Ä = ALT+0196

Ö = ALT+0214

Ü = ALT+0220

If you want to use Umlauts in HTML code then you can also use HTML Entities and HTML Unicode calls.

A simpler way if you can’t type the umlauts ä, ö, ü

If you cannot write the German umlauts with your keyboard, just write the vowel without the dots and then add an e:

ä = ae

ö = oe

ü = ue 

For example küssen becomes kuessen (to kiss).

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German umlauts ö ä ü

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