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Sean January 6, 2007, 1:10 am
Hey, I'm new here. Guess this is where I should post for help with some German words.

I'm having some difficulty with pronouncing the word "need" in lesson 1.2

Sounds like "bra-cha" or "brow-ha" to me, the gentlemen in the lesson repeats it, but I cannot quite seem to get it.

Any help would be appreciated. I will probably ask many questions so hopefully you are a patient group.
Hallo
Sean January 10, 2007, 2:36 am
Nobody? Hmmmm, just needed some help. Just guess with one pronounciation and hope I don't get laughed at too much.
Hallo
ANONYMOUS January 11, 2007, 8:08 pm
Hi Sean,
feel free to ask as many questions as you like- that's great!
Now, the word "brauchen "to need" is probably not the easiest word to pronounce to start with, but it's a good one to practice a real hard German accent. The first part of the word sounds like "brow" (like the color "brown" only the "r" doesn't get rolled as much in high German as it does in English. In southern parts of Germany it does get rolled a bit more. The second part is a bit trickier. The "ch" sound is produced towards the back of the throat, similar to making a ‘k’ sound. However, it is less abrupt still letting through air. It sounds a littlle bit like a hissing cat with a sore throat

There is a free lesson on our website http://www...Read More
Hi Sean,
feel free to ask as many questions as you like- that's great!
Now, the word "brauchen "to need" is probably not the easiest word to pronounce to start with, but it's a good one to practice a real hard German accent. The first part of the word sounds like "brow" (like the color "brown" only the "r" doesn't get rolled as much in high German as it does in English. In southern parts of Germany it does get rolled a bit more. The second part is a bit trickier. The "ch" sound is produced towards the back of the throat, similar to making a ‘k’ sound. However, it is less abrupt still letting through air. It sounds a littlle bit like a hissing cat with a sore throat

There is a free lesson on our website http://www.rocketgerman.com. It's called "Pronunciation Guide" and you can find an audio example for this particular sound in the "Consonants" section.

I hope that helps- and keep the questions comming!
All the best
Nathalie
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Sean January 15, 2007, 12:33 am
*Quote from * Nathalie
Hi Sean,
feel free to ask as many questions as you like- that's great!
I hope that helps- and keep the questions comming!
All the best
Nathalie

Thank you for your help Nathalie, very well explained. I think I've got it now.

Now you said keep the questions coming so I got another one.

In lesson 2.1 they state a rather long word which means "One sees all the attractions".

I get "Mann-sie-alle-siens-wir-dich-keit-en" which I am pretty sure is wrong.

Yours,
Sean
Hallo
ANONYMOUS January 15, 2007, 2:34 am
Hi Sean,
"One sees all the attractions" in German is "Man sieht alle Sehenswürdigkeiten". "Man sieht" means "one sees", "alle" means "all" and now we come the very long word "Sehenswürdigkeiten" which means "all the things (buildings, museums, gardens...) that are worth visiting". Most bigger cities have some famous "Sehenswürdigkeiten", for example Paris and the Eiffel Tower, or London and Big Ben, or Berlin and the Brandenburger Gate.
And again, keep them coming
Hallo

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