F, ph or v?

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F, ph or v?

The sound "f" can be written as f, v or ph:

Fahrrad

the bicycle

viel

a lot

Philosophie

philosophy

Note:

  • The written form ph for the sound "f" is now quite rare.

fantastisch und nicht mehr phantastisch

fantastisch and no longer phantastisch

  • In many words borrowed from other languages, the letter v is pronounced like the letter w (like an English "v").

die Vase

the vase

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