Episode 11 - Aussprache

Fester Vokaleinsatz und Aspiration

Teil 2

Hör dir die Audiofiles mehrere Male an. Im ersten hörst du viele Glottalverschlüsse, im zweiten viele Aspirationen.

(Listen for a few times to the following sentences. The first one uses a lot of glottal stops. The second has a lot of aspirations.)

Milch und Kaffee - oder Milch oder Kaffee? Und oder oder?

Hier hat Herr Hinz gewohnt.

In normal, fast speech you do without a glottal stop, when the vowel follows a consonant. It's a typical assimilation:

Milch-oder Kaffee?

But you always have to perform it when a word finishes on a vowel and the next one starts with it. Listen:

Immer, immer ist sie aktiv.

Immer finishes on a vowel (remember that the final -er and -r are vocalized!), so you have to start with the soft German glottal stop.
Now please pronounce the following sentence. Then compare it with the sample.

Immer, immer habe ich Pech.

If you reduce habe to hab', you can slur it with ich and do without a glottal stop. Try it out and compare it to the sample.

Immer, immer hab-ich Pech.

But we really don't think that this sentence is true. What do you think about that one:

Immer, immer, habe ich so ein Glück!

A strange phenomenon: We sometimes hear the first sentence (Immer habe ich Pech!), but never the second one (Immer habe ich Glück!). How is this possible?

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