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Old January 17, 2015, 12:53 PM
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Link between German and English

I'm going to resume my German studies (I went to a German school between 3 and 12 years old)

It's true that, when improving your German, your English also get better? for example at pronunciation?

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Old January 17, 2015, 07:46 PM
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English has vowel sounds that German doesn't have, and vice versa (umlauted vowels). In fact, English has some short vowel sounds that very few languages share.

German doesn't have the digraph 'th', found in 'the thing that Thomas thought'. The words 'the' and 'that' start with a /ð/ sound, while the words 'thing' and 'thought' start with a /θ/ sound. The word 'Thomas' starts with a /t/ sound.

English got its core words from the same source as German, but I wouldn't say that they are similarly pronounced. The American English pronunciation of the word 'water' has very little in common with its German cognate 'wasser'.
German IPA: /ˈva.sɐ/
English IPA: /ˈwɔtɚ/

In short, I don't think German pronunciation will help you to learn to pronounce English better.

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Thank you Rusty!. You have broke the myth I was into. Now the only path left is to... study English pronunciation.

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As Rusty already mentioned, speaking German doesn't get you anywhere with English. Don't hesitate if you want to refresh your German, I'd be glad to help you.
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That's a pitty! Thanks for you offer Premium, let me study it for some months and then we talk!

Is your avatar from The Wire show?
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Is your avatar from The Wire show?
Yes, one of my favorite TV-shows out there.
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I agree!. I've seen toons of series, and The Wire remains as one of the best by far.
Slow and absorbing.
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