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Episode 1 - Pronunciation

Assimilation (1)

Pronunciation
The semivowel e disappears in certain positions:

How to do:
Close your mouth to form the [b] or [p] - but do not open it to let the air escape. Your lips are in the b- or p-position. But you don't pop the sound. You release the air for the [m], not for [b] or [p]. Make a special point of not letting your lips release dropping into the [m]. The air comes out of your nose, forming an m. Perhaps you'll have to practice this a little bit.

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haben  [ha:bm]; sieben [zi:bm]; Abend [a:bmt]

How to do:
Close your mouth to form the g or k - but do not open it to let the air escape. The air comes out of your nose, forming this special sort of [ŋ] like in angry.
Make a special point of not letting the back of your tongue release from the palate before you drop into [ŋ].

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liegen [li:gŋ]; Morgen    gucken

How to do:
If you have an ending in -den or -ten, don't pop the d or t. The tongue is in the t/d-position, but you release the air for the n. There is no t/d and no e. Make a special point of not letting your tongue release from the top of your mouth before you drop into the [n].

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Dresden [dre:sdn];   Norden     Süden     Westen     guten


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grüßen  [gry:sn];   heißen

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