Friday, October 31, 2014

German - Good Morning

We just learned that in German hello and goodbye is hallo and auf wiedersehen.

Many times in German instead of hello people say good morning, good day, good evening or good night.

Good Morning - Guten Morgen - sounds like gootn more gen /?/

Good Day - Guten Tag - sounds like gootn tahg /?/

Good Evening - Guten Abend - sounds like gootn ah bnt /?/

Good Night - Gute Nacht - sounds like goot eh nah xht /?/

The word Nacht in German has a sound that we don't have in English.
It's almost like making a K sound, but you don't touch the back of your tongue all the way to the roof of your mouth.
Sometimes it's the sound we make to try to sound like a cat hissing.
While we're learning if you see "sounds like xh" that means the cat hissing sound that's almost like a K.

Goethe Institute
(from: wikipedia - Goethe Institute)

Do you remember how to say Hello and Goodbye in Spanish?
Hola! AdiĆ³s!