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German Umlauts: ä ö ü

o umlaut, a umlaut, u umlaut 

Basic Lesson No 25

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 in basic lesson No 3 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 are stupid.

Listen a few times then try to answer the questions in part B.
If you cannot answer them right away, don’t worry – listen to all sound files on this page 5, 10 or 20 times every day until you can.

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 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.
  6. Sign up to my e-mail course and learn how to use the storytelling method (TPRS method) in order to learn to speak German fluently.
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.
  6. Sign up to my e-mail course and learn how to use the storytelling method (TPRS method) in order to learn to speak German fluently.

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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.

If you can’t type Umlaute 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)

If you want to know how it is possible to learn German in a few months instead of years please read the text below before you go on to the next lesson.

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How can I learn German in a few months instead of years?

If you want to learn to speak German fluently, you should read and listen to German at least 20-30 minutes every day. Use an iPod or a mobile phone and listen on your way to work/school and 10 minutes before you go to sleep!

Here is a general advice:

Focus < 10% on grammar. If you like grammar you can practice with my basic online lessons (check the sidebar for more lessons). However, don’t focus too much on grammar, it would only slow you down and by the way, if you read and listen a lot to the German language you will learn grammar automatically up to a certain point.

> 40% Reading and Listening

Listen to easy and clearly spoken German and read the unabridged German text at the same time. The text should be translated or should have a vocabulary aid. This saves a lot of time because you don’t have to look up all new words in a dictionary. This way you will not only learn new words but also the pronunciation, the spelling, the structure and even grammar up to a certain point.

> 40% Practicing with the Question and Answer Technique

It is very powerful and the best technique if you want to learn to speak a foreign language. It will enable you step by step to think in German (even dream in German). Being able to think in German is the key to fluency. If you cannot think in German, you cannot speak it!

Save about 10% of your time for other things like listening to German songs or watching movies in German etc.

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