The “w” sound in German

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The “w” sound in German

The German letter w is generally pronounced like an English “v”.

der Wind

the wind

warten

to wait

In words borrowed from other languages, the same sound is often written as a v.

die Vanille

vanilla

die Vase

the vase

Note: the letter v is most often pronounced like an “f”.

vielleicht

maybe

versuchen

to try

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