Be aware, while the episode takes reference to Germany and the Saarland foremost, many of the problems mentioned are relevant for speakers of other native languages, too. Our Russian listeners for example might also be affected by what is referenced with the German term "Auslautverhärtung", that is the de-voicing of word final consonants (think: мороз vs. морозный).
Listen in and try it out! And don't forget to hold your larynx while doing so.
English vowel chart
Illustrating the vowels for the British standard "Received Pronunciation".
German vowel chart
Compare it to the German vowels system as shown here. Notice some of the vowels mentioned here are not natively German and occur in loanwords etc.
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Today they dive deeper and come to the conclusion that phonetics and accent are not the biggest problems to overcome for a student of English ...
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Oh, and if you wonder after listening... Yes the word really exists and wasn't invented for this podcast. ;-)
And this is the promised link to an interactive chart of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).
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The UdS Gender Studies Certificate
If you want to read up on Saarland University's gender study course, follow this link for more information.
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We'll hear about many facets: From the influential heads that started the discussion up to the current situation and influences on our everyday life.
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