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PRONUNCIATION MATTERS!!! Words Said Differently in Germany

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Pronunciation matters!! Some words are said differently here in Germany, and as an American living here, sometimes I have been confused by the different pronunciation.
So my question for you is: what words have you heard being pronounced differently around the world?
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Florian Strobel
Florian Strobel Vor 21 Stunde
"Nike" is pronounced like "whiskey" because there is an "e" at the end, right? How come that's not the case with like, hike, bike, mike....? I think the problem here is that English is unbelievably inconsistent compared to German when it comes to pronunciation and spelling. That's why spelling bees are pointless in German and a fucking nightmare in English.
Lena Stripp
Lena Stripp Vor 26 Tage
Vowels said as bowels..in class. I'm immature so I giggled.
john dumas
john dumas Vor Monat
Pizza Hütte?
john dumas
john dumas Vor Monat
wind = wind -> wind= vint
Procarry Trucker
In English we might refer to a female in her teens as a Young Lady, but dont think you should refer to a German female teen as a "Jungefrau"
JS
JS Vor Monat
VW trips me up everytime...
Sarogo 1904
Sarogo 1904 Vor Monat
Dana, how was it to hear the originals pronauncing of german companys like Adidas or Mercedes?
echt114
echt114 Vor Monat
Odd that Germans pronounce Nike in an English style with a long vowel and silent final "e" when German is the language that almost always pronounces the final "e." Seems it should be "nickuh"
Saša Gojković
Saša Gojković Vor Monat
You guys are so cute! ☺️👍🏼 amazing!
tubesatsatt
tubesatsatt Vor 2 Monate
Habt ihr schonmal die Aussprache von dem edlen Holz Mahagony gehört? Die sagen doch tatsächlich nicht mahagony wood sondern "MAHOGANY" aber ich wenn ich höre wie man Orang Utan ausspricht ( etwa orängotäng ) roll ich auf dem Teppich.
Slim Tony
Slim Tony Vor 2 Monate
Well, German Man is from Munich, right? That dialect might've added to the confusion
Paul Schulz 479 Mister
CURRYWURST
SignOfBeauty
SignOfBeauty Vor 2 Monate
The pronunciation is in the area of Germany different. I would NEVER say Pizza Huuut, Neik or Escho. There ist no S in Echo, so you don't say Escho in "Hochdeutsch". It's a special pronunciation in special areas in Germany. If you are a little bit affine to the englisch language, you pronounce Nike, Pizza Hut etc in the right way...
draugami
draugami Vor 2 Monate
W in German is pronounced like v. Hence, veber.
gohfi
gohfi Vor 2 Monate
Hut (engl.) -> Hütte (dt.)
mactinus_tysk_potet❤️
Ich heiße Lara, lol😂
Lucent Membrane
Lucent Membrane Vor 2 Monate
Sunkist, Colgate, Tupperware! Although nowadays many Germans pronounce these words American. Okay, except for Colgate. In Germany it remains Kollgathe.
Dietrich Ostermann
Dietrich Ostermann Vor 3 Monate
The name of the city "Rothenburg" also Rothenburg ob der Tauber. We talked with al Lady while staying in Chicago. She told us about visiting Germany and there visiting the city of Rothenburg (her pronounciation: like "rathenbörg" for german ears) we've been confused rathenbörg??? rathenbörg??? ... Ah, you mean Rothenburg with a long open "O" and the "th" is not spoken like in english but in german th just means that the "o" is spoken long and open just in the german way. We've been able to make it clear and understandable.
TheMerkat55
TheMerkat55 Vor 3 Monate
The same pronunciation difference between two similar written words is the word "Beter". In Dutch the first 'e' is pronounced long. Like Behter in German. And means the same as the German word 'besser'. BUT! In Turkish this word, although written 100% the same, is pronounced with a short first 'e' and means schlechter, schlimmer.
SiqueScarface
SiqueScarface Vor 3 Monate
Words of greek origin are a good source of different pronounciations in different languages, as the Greeks have other phonemes than for instance English or German, and both languages got the words via the Latin language. The greek pronounciation of "echo" was ekho, and the kh-sound became a k in English, but an ch in German. The same is valid for the Greek u-sound (υ, ypsilon), which for instance became a v in slavic languages, and an u in Romanic and Germanic languages. The automobile is an avtomobil in Russian. The greek θ (theta) turned into English th, German t and slavic f. The Greek name Θεόδωρος (Theodoros) is pronounced Theodore in English, Teodor in German (but is written Theodor), and Fyodor in Russian. And Weber? Weber is the German word for weaver. Of course we Germans pronounce the Weber grill the same way than we pronounce the craftsman.
Sarah Schmidt
Sarah Schmidt Vor 4 Monate
We danes are with ther Germans on the pronunciation of "Weber and "Nike"", but we say "echo" like the American/English (we even spell it "ekko").
Chris Tine
Chris Tine Vor 4 Monate
My boyfriend is irish and I'm german. We have a lot of fun with the different speaking and sometimes it needs fantasy to understand eachother.:-)
jessica stratton
jessica stratton Vor 4 Monate
Volkswagen?
Ki Ki
Ki Ki Vor 4 Monate
In Spanglish, el Mack Donall=McDonalds🍔🍟
Danny30011980
Danny30011980 Vor 5 Monate
I sometimes got slagged foe allegedly pronouncing the letter V weirdly. As in 'Very'. When they pronounced it and me i did not notice a difference
Bram Geron
Bram Geron Vor 5 Monate
Were you surprised to find out that Keurig in its source language (Dutch) sounds something like körich or köröch?
Ruax Jw2
Ruax Jw2 Vor 5 Monate
Not exactly different pronunciations of the same word, but....here's my pronunciation story as the first Canadian child in a German family. My parents learned english as adults, and to their credit do not have a german accent. I got a lovely letter from my mom a few years back, and was most confused by this strange word peppered throughout. Oja. I re-read it several times, not having a clue what oja was. And then I couldn"t stop laughing. To my mother's natural way of thinking/writing, j is prounced as an English y. Oh ya. Oja, your father and I got the pictures you sent. Oja, Oma sends her love. Oja, Tante Brigitte and Onkel Reinhold are coming for a visit in the spring
U_w
U_w Vor 5 Monate
In Austria everybody would say "naykee", like you do!
realPiXelNeRD
realPiXelNeRD Vor 5 Monate
Sioux is a typical example. Germans pronouncing it the way it's written, but actually it's pronounced "su".
Meshaal Al Hajali
Meshaal Al Hajali Vor 5 Monate
BMW
Tobias Kluke
Tobias Kluke Vor 5 Monate
Mostly brands. Best example: JOOP. In USA, they tend to say "djooooop" whereas it is actually something between "yope" and "yop". The designer is german, so his name is pronounced german. Or: ADIDAS. Americans tend to say "Ah-dee-daas" whereas the name is composed of the two words "Adi"(Forename) and "Dassler" (last name) and so most Germans say "Addee-dass". Emphasis on "Addee".
M Hallmann video
M Hallmann video Vor 5 Monate
Do you say Mike ( Mikee) so you can how Germans can be correct
JD
JD Vor 5 Monate
Also eigentlich wird das e bei Nike in Deutschland auch mit gesprochen. Nik ist einfach falsch.
dieZera
dieZera Vor 5 Monate
Try Nivea and Müller... German brands... completely different pronunciation in the UK ads.
terryl59
terryl59 Vor 6 Monate
Actually Nike NOT "nike-e" has always been the correct way in english also. It just took a one person when the brand was new to start everyone pronouncing it wrong. Everyone else followed suit.
Audrey Winter
Audrey Winter Vor 6 Monate
Stefan also pronounces pronunciation as pronounciation. VERY little difference, but the latter is just wrong. ;)
michael grabner
michael grabner Vor 6 Monate
pronounced like "Webber"? but it is spelled "Weber" isn´t it...So what´s the difference of pronouncing "Webber" and "Weber" in english? Answer: "There is no difference!" And pronoucing "Nike" like "Naik" is simply wrong pronounced by those Germans who simply have no clue about the right pronouncation of the ancient greek goddess of victory "Nike" because they don´t know the ancient greek goddess of Victory anyway..a lack of education so to say..
sew biz
sew biz Vor 6 Monate
Im cracking up~!
Illuminat
Illuminat Vor 6 Monate
in österreich hab ich noch nie jemanden neik sagen hören nur nike
Laura Valle
Laura Valle Vor 6 Monate
The funny thing that happened to me often when I moved to Germany was asking for mayo. I would pronounce it 6 different ways until the German server would say, “Achso! Mai-o!” Ha. All of my pronunciations sounded similar and an English speaker would have known I meant mayo, but the Germans never knew what I was saying. 😂
katrin ugh
katrin ugh Vor 6 Monate
Adidas habe ich schon oft Leute anders sagen hören.
Tony Bates
Tony Bates Vor 6 Monate
American transplant in Germany, married to a German and teaching Germans English. Story of my life. It took me weeks to figure out what a „Peybeck“ card is
OokamiKai
OokamiKai Vor 6 Monate
The Pizza Hut killed me. I never knew this until this point xD
RedDonEvil
RedDonEvil Vor 6 Monate
Pronouncing it "Webber" is just wrong, because there is only a single "b" in the word. Makes absolutely no sense.
Lee Francis
Lee Francis Vor 6 Monate
They are many words in German, and English are pronounce the same but are spelled differently.
Heather Thornton
Heather Thornton Vor 6 Monate
My own full name is near to impossible for Germans and Dubliners to pronounce. I think my father must've decided, while stationed in Neu-Ulm, that he wanted to make it challenging for any future German suitors to call me. That's my theory, at least.
lexyria S
lexyria S Vor 6 Monate
The thing about Pizza Hut is: of course the american pronunciation is correct, since it is an american brand. BUT: Their logo here in germany used to be something that looked like a hat and the englisch word "hat" is the german "Hut". (Although I think it wasn'T supposed to be a hat. It just looked like one)
Ani ma64
Ani ma64 Vor 6 Monate
Weg and weg. Both in german. The first one means path and the other one means away
CoDNilso
CoDNilso Vor 6 Monate
whats about the common Englisch When and Who wich meanings in the german words Wo and Wann are just switched
Jessica Ely
Jessica Ely Vor 6 Monate
My favorite was when my friend from Germany (foreign exchange student) said let's go out for a steek. I looked at him like he had 6 heads. He said Long Horn (an American Steakhouse chain) and I said oh steak. We say steik. He was thinking that generally in English a word with ea is pronounced as ee. He didn't think about the exceptions to the rule. In my German class we had a girl from Ukraine and she said Macintosh when talking about computers. I'm used to hearing Mac and with the accent I didn't think Macintosh was a Mac. I was being stupid that day. When I was in Germany a German IT guy cache what would be the English way. English (at least American English) pronounce it the French way.
tnskyhawk
tnskyhawk Vor 6 Monate
How about Adidas?
Klausbärbel Fömm
Klausbärbel Fömm Vor 6 Monate
OK first off, Weber doesn't manufacture grills but BBQ kettles. ;o) And I, too, was genuinely surprised when I found out that that brand's name is pronounced "webber" as in "Andrew Lloyd". I had rather expected something like "wayber". Anyway, that company's founder definitely had German ancestry, seeing as "Weber" - the way Stefan pronounces it - is simply German for "weaver" and a common German last name. As for Germans pronouncing "Nike" as "nyque" rather than "nykee", that's simply because they mistake it for a genuinely English word. Applying standard English phonology that pronounciation would be spot on. It is not a genuinely English word, however, but derived from the name of the Greek goddess of victory which, in German, is also pronounced with an unstressed and therefore weakened but still audible final "e" like, for instance, in "Falte", "Treppe", or "Kante". BTW one of the defining phonetic differences between English and German is that in German we pronounce any voiced final consonant as if it were voiceless. Hence we don't differentiate between "dog" and "dock" or "bad" and "bat". It is one of the dead giveaways in any game of "spot the German" and nearly impossible to get rid of, even if you have tried to master English for decades...
Claudia F.
Claudia F. Vor 7 Monate
When I was in the USA my host family proudly announced we will go to a place called Hellveeta. I as a Swiss would surely want to know it. I did not understand until we reached the place. The sign said: Helvetia!
Alka Kelsers
Alka Kelsers Vor 7 Monate
you guys are too cute together.
Gergely Lázár
Gergely Lázár Vor 7 Monate
There is a Swedish fashion brand. People say (incorrectly) "H and M". No. It should be "Ho-em".
Vide Dalon
Vide Dalon Vor 7 Monate
Mr German is soooo definitely handsome!!
boom baby
boom baby Vor 7 Monate
You guys are just adorable :-). And yes, I can totally understand the "echo"-thing!
doc Deutschmann
doc Deutschmann Vor 7 Monate
I am sorry I am so late with a comment on this - but here's one of my favorites: "tachometer" One spelling, two very different pronounciations (even the stress is on a different syllable) and two different devices. (at least to me it seems, I can see the speed in a German car on the "Tachometer", while I see the RPMs on an American car's "tachometer") The stress (emphasized syllable) seems to make a HUGE difference in English - I remember having difficulties with the difference between "illegible" and "eligible"...
Tanja K.
Tanja K. Vor 7 Monate
That's because German and English have different phonemic inventories - like when you talked about the "weber grill": the letter w in germany is pronounced with your upper teeth against your lower lip (like the english "v"), while the english pronunciation is formed with rounding both of your lips. So you both said it correctly from your point of view. When you know about these differences, you can avoid them :) It's similar with the fact that most german english speakers make "hard" ending sounds, that is because we don't distinguish between, for example, "Rat" and "Rad", we will in both cases say "Rat" and interpret it from the context. That is why @Flo F.'s husband pronounced "doug" like "duck" ;-)
Johanna Klitsche
Johanna Klitsche Vor 7 Monate
Ach stefaaaan, was für escho😂😂 das heißt echo😂🤷🏻‍♀️
Benita Pohl
Benita Pohl Vor 7 Monate
Weber is a German Familyname ^^
Natasha Pugh
Natasha Pugh Vor 7 Monate
I was in Germany for the first time at a bbq with my husbands friends back in July, everyone spoke English very well. One girl was trying to tell me she worked at Volkswagen, but the w in wagon was pronounced like a v so I didn’t understand her. I said, oh I don’t know that company. They all said yes you must know it, Volkswagen is famous. I finally figured it out and we all had a good laugh. I loved visiting Germany and I loved meeting the people!
Manu 99
Manu 99 Vor 7 Monate
Porsche, Volkswagen, Adidas,...
Martin Janze
Martin Janze Vor 7 Monate
Regarding Pizza Hut, again the pronounciation of Pizza itself (with the long " i / e) strikes me. Hier sagt man Pizza in englisch (nur US?) "Pieza". War im Juli in Alaska im Urlaub, dort gab es für mich (deshalb) oft Pizza (Pepperoni...😉).
manakamar
manakamar Vor 7 Monate
I had something like that with pizza. I pronounced it the German way with short "i". The guy I chatted with, asked me what that was and I answered "Italian food" and described it. He finally asked if it was something like "piiizza" . We found it quite funny
J. D.
J. D. Vor 7 Monate
Please tell your boyfriend that he should say pronunciation not pronounciation. ;)
Jordan
Jordan Vor 7 Monate
Oh God this is something I come across all the time in Germany, especially with my parents pronouncing American brands / English titles of movies or games. For me as a German it's totally fine, I know what they mean, but my fiancé has the biggest problems with this. He always looks at me so confused. 😂
Anku
Anku Vor 7 Monate
I life in Austria and we say Nike with the E
Frank Gorgas-Waller
Frank Gorgas-Waller Vor 7 Monate
When people in England told me their favorite Composer was "Back" I was completely confused until they added a "Johan Sebastian" at which point it dawned on me that they were talking about "Bach".
Veldrin on Mirror’s Edge
Hehe. I still say Lara the german way but Croft with an english R. And Tomb Raider like Toom Raider. Most friends say Tomb with pronounced B and the O like the o in the word shot.
Natacha
Natacha Vor 7 Monate
:))))
Alvira Rahman
Alvira Rahman Vor 7 Monate
Pizza Hat 😄😄
Perdido Atlantic
Perdido Atlantic Vor 8 Monate
Pizza Haus.
Malefitz Leroy
Malefitz Leroy Vor 8 Monate
Ach Pizza-Hut ist garkein Hut?!? Things gives!
Flaming Moe
Flaming Moe Vor 8 Monate
Levis - Lieweis
Luna Winston
Luna Winston Vor 8 Monate
Adidas...not Adiiiidas
Suzy Schulze
Suzy Schulze Vor 8 Monate
Adidas The man's name was ADI DASSLER just like LEVI STRAUSS (LEHVEE STRAUSS ) the names got compressed
henryscp 07
henryscp 07 Vor 8 Monate
Niemand sagt Pizza Hut(Deutsche aussprach?
henryscp 07
henryscp 07 Vor 8 Monate
Wait but lara croft wird nicht so deutsch ausgesprochen
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Es ist zwar nicht wirklich das Thema dieses Videos, aber es könnte auch für Verwirrung sorgen: Das deutsche "Igel" (engl. "Hedgehog") klingt genau wie das englische "Eagle" (dt. "Adler") :-)
Max Muchas
Max Muchas Vor 8 Monate
Not all germans.... seriously I can say Lara croft..... dafu1
Max Schmidt
Max Schmidt Vor 8 Monate
KEIN deutscher sagt ,,Escho" zu ,,Echo". OMG! Das regt mich richtig auf!
Axel Zeltsch
Axel Zeltsch Vor 28 Tage
Klausbärbel Fömm Hochdeutsch im Sinne der Schriftsprache ist es die sächsische Kanzleisprache Luthers
Klausbärbel Fömm
Klausbärbel Fömm Vor 6 Monate
+Max Schmidt Es gibt kein dialektfreies Deutsch. "Hochdeutsch" ist ursprünglich der Dialekt der Habsburger. Daher die weitverbreitete Fehlauffassung, im Großraum Hannover/Bielefeld werde das "beste" Deutsch gesprochen. Du meinst die niederdeutschen Dialekte. Das sind die nördlich der Benrather Linie gesprochenen.
Max Schmidt
Max Schmidt Vor 6 Monate
+Klausbärbel Fömm Ja, aber nicht im Dialektfreien Deutsch
Klausbärbel Fömm
Klausbärbel Fömm Vor 6 Monate
Doch, in den süddeutschen Dialekten ist das ziemlich üblich.
Sophia in the USA
Sophia in the USA Vor 8 Monate
Irgendwie auch seltsam, dass die Marke "Colgate" im Deutschen so typisch deutsch ausgesprochen wird. Dabei hört sich das Englische VIELLL besser an 😂🤦‍♀️
HansertHohberg
HansertHohberg Vor 7 Monate
Nur für Amerikaner.
Lara Annabell
Lara Annabell Vor 8 Monate
My name is Lara 🙈 I‘m going to stay in the us für 10 months I hope they‘ll understand it
Marjan Pel
Marjan Pel Vor 8 Monate
Kindergarten ;)
Rika me
Rika me Vor 8 Monate
Kindergarten. It's prerry confusing
Lara Elle
Lara Elle Vor 8 Monate
LARA 😍😍😂
July Klee
July Klee Vor 8 Monate
The way he said “Lara Croft” was different from the way she said it, but it was understandable. She acted as if he said something completely different.
Max Wolf
Max Wolf Vor 8 Monate
I had no idea Weber was not, in fact, a German company
Elsa Frost
Elsa Frost Vor 8 Monate
I think specifically between German and American English, there is this thing in English where vocal noices are pronounced differently and German people often can't hear this difference, not to speak of copy the noice. That's even stronger with vocals than with consonants because English speakers can get used to the "r" sound being different, but the different variations of "a" or "ou" etc. can be confusing for both speakers very easily. At least in my experience 😆
Roderich Heier
Roderich Heier Vor 8 Monate
You wouldn't have had such a problem with 'Lara Croft' if Stephan was from Bavaria. We roll our rs and don't use that uvular r like they do in the north.
Cindy Persing
Cindy Persing Vor 8 Monate
In Utah there is a Weber State University. Spelled the same as the grill company. ....they pronunce it We~burr....not Webb~Burr .
Kürbis Wind
Kürbis Wind Vor 8 Monate
"Ja a Weber! A Weber grill!" He sounds so funny saying this 😂
nicole0991
nicole0991 Vor 8 Monate
Ok but honestly who pronounces Nike like that? I'm from Austria, I've never lived anywhere else, all the people around me primarily speak German, but I've never heard it pronounced like that before. I've seen a lot of people pointing out that the English/American pronunciation of Nike (the goddess) is wrong as a whole - and while that might be true, this is a brand name we're talking about. It's an American brand, so the founders get to decide how to pronounce it. Etymology doesn't matter in that case.
Alina
Alina Vor 8 Monate
I don't understand how all these words ending with -ough (Though, tough etc.) don't rhyme but Bologna and pony do.. Without this specific knowledge it's impossible for Germans to pronounce all these words correctly and thus being able to communicate with Native English speakers.
Julia F
Julia F Vor 8 Monate
Also in Österreich sagt man nicht "Neik", sondern wie im amerikanischen " neiki" (nike)
Samira Junkersdorf
Samira Junkersdorf Vor 8 Monate
He still has a strong accent😂
Peter8aus8Berlin
Peter8aus8Berlin Vor 8 Monate
Nike (the Greek Godess of victory) would be pronounced in German like Knee-K_a (the ending "e" like the German word: "Hütte" = "hut"). For decades I would pronounce Adobe like "a dope". Big eureka-moment I had with:"Much ado about nothing". The ending "o" in "ado" I pronounced in my mind like:"motto". Thus I missed the link to the German word "Getue". And that's what the correct translation would be: ado = Getue. And guess what: The original script goes:"Much ADOE about nothing". In case someone wonders where that ending "e" comes from: From the German word:"Getue".
Hoppi Hopp
Hoppi Hopp Vor 8 Monate
The more I get to know English, the more I see how messed up and made up this is. Girl and Germ, Hike and Nike, Kansas and Arkansas, Weber and Webber. Need I say more?
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There is a german synthesizer manufacturer from munich called „Doepfer“... The „Umlaut“-O seems to be the hardest thing for you english speaking people out there...
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