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How to Do a German Accent

Learn how to do a German accent from voice and speech coach Andrea Caban in this Howcast video.

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So what's the oral posture of the German accent? So there is a lot of lip corner action. A lot of action in the front of the mouth. And not a lot of opening in the mouth. Sound changes for the German accent includes the a sound. This area is very close to my work. This area is very close to my work. You hear that va, va, va. It's similar to that French r in the back of your mouth. This area is very close to my work. Again, this th sound that comes up in so many accents, in the German accent thin, thick, this, and that become thin, thick, this, that.

So ss, ss, zss, zss. Or thin, thick, this, that. Zss, zss sounds. I think you've already heard that that w transitions to a v sound. For a word like work. Work. And you want to give it a shot, and make it very hard, and say work. But you don't really hear that as much as a lighter touch to it. Work. Work. This area is very close to my work. Lots of sounds in your German accent become unvoiced. So words like thinking, and wishing, you get that sound in American English. That mm in the back of your mouth.

In your German accent, you get thinking. Wishing. K, k. Thinking. Wishing. It's an unvoiced plosive in the back of the mouth. So the (?) in your American English, that d g combination sound for judge, and German, in your German accent become judge, German. A little more ch, ch, ch. Again, unvoiced.

So what is the musicality of the German accent? It's very sharp. It's very to the point. In general. I mean, there are all kinds of different German speakers. So listen to some native German speakers for yourself. And explore the musicality. And kind of crawl into the accent that way. I hope these tips on your German accent were helpful.

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