Pronunciation of German phrases using English - looking for tool
Thread poster: Thomas Schmidt

Thomas Schmidt  Identity Verified
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Jan 30, 2009

Does anyone know of a software or online service that offers some type of phonetics for German words, based on the English language? I'm working on a translation from English into German and I need to provide pronunciation help for English speakers. For example, for my translation of the phrase 'Happy New Year' (which is 'Frohes Neues Jahr') I need to include something like 'froh-ihs noi-ihs yahr'. This task is very tedious and I am wondering if there are any tools or online resources that might be helpful. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Thomas Schmidt

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Fernando Guimaraes  Identity Verified
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Etwas wie: Jan 30, 2009


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Johanna Timm, PhD  Identity Verified
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AH-dee-dass and GER-ta Jan 31, 2009

This site offers a simplified phonetic “alphabet”:

With a little practice, you will be able to pronounce, spell [and hopefully visit] the ‘HOFE-broy-house’ in no time

Hope it helps!

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Just get any English/German dictionary published in the USA Jan 31, 2009

Many English/German dictionaries published in the USA don't use the API/IPA phonetic symbols but their own simplified pronunciation guides, which is exactly what you need.
Just go to any large chain bookstore and have a look at the dictionaries on sale and buy a cheap paperback version.


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