German Alphabet

This page contains a table including the following: German alphabet, letters which help you pronounce the words in a given language, you will also learn about the different consonants and vowels, make sure to check out our phrases in German which can be found on the menu above.

German Alphabet


    

Letter Examples
 
Aa as in the word “ask” and never as in the word “able”
Bb same as in English
Cc usually in “sch” “ch” or “ck” rarely out of these letters.
Dd same as in English
Ee as in “elevated”
Ff same as in English
Gg like in the word "God", never pronounced as in the word “gym”.
Hh same as in English.
Ii as in the word “ink” never as in the word “island”
Jj similar to the letter “y” in “yacht”
Kk same as in English
Ll same as in English
Mm same as in English
Nn same as in English
Oo same as in English “Old” never as in “Hot” which is pronounced somehow like {hat}
Pp same as in English
Qq same as in English but rare.
Rr same as in English but slightly like as in “gh” as in the French “Merci”
Ss sounds like “z”.
Tt same as in English but not as sharp.
Uu sounds like “oo” or “uu”, never as in the word “up” or “university”
Vv sounds like “f”
Ww sounds like “v”
Xx same as in English although rare.
Yy same as in English although rare.
Zz sounds like “ts”


    

Additional letters
 
Ä /ä, Ö/ ö, Ü / ü. ß (called scharfes s)
Ä /ä sounds more like “e”
Ö/ ö sounds more like “oe”
Ü / ü sounds more like “ue”
ß sounds like “ss”

Compound letters
 
Sch sounds like “sh”
Ch sounds sometimes like “sh” or like “kh”.
St sounds like “sht” at the beginning, and like “st” at the end of a word.

I hope the content of this page was useful to you, and that you learned some German alphabet, consonants and vowels. Make sure to memorize them to be able to use them in your daily conversation. If you want to practice what you have learnt here, go to Language Test.