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German Pronunciation: Vowel before Doubled Consonants
 

 
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OBJECTIVE:
Note that having doubled consonants after a vowel makes the vowel sound short!
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Vowel before Doubled Consonant

Don't try to learn everything on this page at one sitting. You can refer back to this page over & over again, so you can take off into the Internet in any direction (from anywhere) and when you want to figure out a particular sound, come back to this page and LOOK FOR THE SOUND IN QUESTION.

... unless of course you're somewhat anal retentive and have to know everything at one time. Of course you are welcome to attack the whole alphabet at once, then go on to sing it.

BOTTOM LINE: If you had been born in Köln THAT SAME MOUTH wouldn't have any problem speaking 100% absolutely, totally, completely, and utterly AKZENTFREI ... You would NOT have an accent. Period. So, ... how much you gonna practice? OK ... so you would speak "Kölsch."

Vowel Before Doubled Consonant
 
 
These are words with "shorter" vowel sounds:
A
Lappe Tasse Hammer kannte Sattel
Ä
ae hätte kämme Fälle Äffchen hässlich
E
Bettler hell Messer schnell Henne
I
Miller bitter Schwimmer binnen kribbeln
O
Donner offen Wolle konnte loggen
Ö
oe könnte Löffel Hölle grösser öffnen
U
Mutter Bulle bummeln Gummi Kuppel
Ü
ue Hütte Tütte müssen küssen brüllen

Note that the vowel sounds are cut shorter in these words, and don't sound as "long" as they normally would. They just occur more quickly!