German Tip 1:

There are a few differences in how letters are pronounced between English and German. Words in quotes are how an English speaker would say the word using the English alphabet. Words in parentheses are the definition in English. Nouns in German have one of three genders, Masculine (der), Feminine(die), Neutral(das) and are always capitalized.

/j/ “y”
ja(yes)   “ya”

/v/ “f”
vier(four)   “fear”

/w/ “v”
wo(where)   “vo”

/ei/ “I” in “pie”
,weil(because)  “vile”

/ie/ “E” in “see”
Das Bier  (“Beer”)

/eu, äu/ “oy” in “boy”
Deutschland(Germany)  “doytschland”

And now for sounds that require a little more explanation.

“O” in “tool” Der Zug(train)   “tzoog”
“u” sound in “mushy” unter(under)   “unter”

/z/ “tz”, the “z” sound made when saying “pizza”
zu(to)   “tzoo”

/och/ “och” in the Irish word “loch”
noch(still)   “noch”

/ch/ “sh” or “k”, depending on dialect
Ich(I)   “Ish” or “Ik”


Die Psychologie(Psychology)   “psucologii”  Pronounce the “p” before the “s”


Die Knie(Knee)   “dee kuhnee”

/ä, ae/
“e” in “let” hässlich(ugly)   “hesslik”
“A” in “pain” änlich(similar to)   “Anlish”

/ö, oe/similar to the “ue” in “blue”
Das Öl(oil)    “uel”

/ü, ue/ “ew”
über(over)   “ewber”

/ß/ “ss”, used after long vowels
weiß(white)   “vice”