German Language Game: Practice Umlauts

German Quick Language Game: practice umlauts. German has three umlauts: ä ö ü and the letter combination: äu.

The word "umlaut" means a shift in the quality of the vowel, usually created by fronting and rounding the vowel (fronting: creating in the front of the mouth; rounding: creating with rounded lips). 

With a little extra practice ALOUD you can definitely improve your mastery of these umlauts. In this quick pronunciation and listening game, you'll practice the difference between: a and ä; o and ö; u and ü; au and äu.

There are no direct equivalents for German umlauted vowels in English and German has long and short variants. The following are only approximations: ä - similar to "get"; ö - similar to "burn"; ü - similar to "pew."  

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Posted 11:24AM on December 12 2014 by Ulrike Rettig
Categories: German | Tags: ä, äu, German umlauts, ö, Practice german umlauts, ü