HOW TO PRONOUNCE THESE 10 GERMAN NAMES
Inspired by @margaretyoko who wasn't sure how to pronounce Franziska. 😉
- •MaikeFor obvious reasons the first item on this list. Just pronounce it like Mike - with an additional eh at the end. I guess that describes it best. But I'll react to almost everything - French people are horrible at pronouncing my name, so I'm used to it.
- •GüntherMy father's name. This is going to be difficult. You have a 'G' like in 'go' and then the weird german u with two dots (ü) . There's no English equivalent to this sound so (I googled this tip) go for an ooh with very, very pursed lips. Don't pronounce the th. It's just 't'. And the end is like 'air'. You'll get 'Goohn-tair'.
- •FranziskaI'll do my best to explain this one. Pronounce the 'r' like you would while speaking with a German accent, because, unfortunately, that's the way we speak. Both of the 'a's pronounce them like in Anna from Frozen. And the 'z' like an ts. In the end you should get something like: F-R-ahn-tsis-kah...
- •FriedrichF-(typical german) r-eeeee(it's a long sound)-d-(typical german) r-ee-(and now comes the challenge) ch (which sounds approximately like an angry cat). Try it!!
- •UlrikeOohl-(typical german) 'r'-eek-eh. That's the closest I think I can get with english sounds.
- •GerhardG (like in 'go')-air-hard (just like the english word). Pretty simple, isn't it?
- •LieselotteLeeeeez-eh (like 'air without the r)-lawt-eh (again like 'air' without the r but very short this time).
- •JürgenStart with a sound like the 'y' in 'yes'. Continue with an oooh with very pursed lips. Then the (typical) german 'r'. Pronounce the 'g' like in 'go'. End with "Ann". Yoohr-gann. (Does that look funny or is it just me?)
- •BirgitIt's our equvalent to Bridget. Pronounce it like Beer(with the german 'r'!!)-g(like in go)-eet (it's a very short syllable at the end though).
- •Jannik(I'm not sure if you don't have this in America, but I'll include it anyway.) The 'J' like in 'yes' again, ann like in Frozens Anna, eek (yes, like a little pig, but very short). Yahn-eek.
- •I just read something that could describe the german 'r': it "can be equated to a less extreme version of the sound produced when gargling."I hope that helps.
- •So that's it!
- •I tried to only include names that you probably don't hear much in the US - let me know if there are more names or words you'd like to pronounce like a german!!