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Looking for a Phonetic Alphabet set to learn German

Hi, I'm interested in learning German to study at a University in Switzerland or Germany. The universities require C1 level German.

I had learnt French a while back outside of France from a non-native French speaker. Lo and behold, I can't understand a single word in a French movie nor speak with a "proper" French accent.

I don't live in a German speaking country. To avoid the aforementioned debacle, I thought it would be a good idea to learn spoken German with the help of a "phonetic transcription" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phonetic_transcription) . Basically, you have an alphabet set that has a specific sound corresponding to each alphabet in the set. An alphabet has a fixed pronunciation, no matter where it occurs in any word - no silent alphabets either.

At the moment, I've only heard of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interna...netic_Alphabet) - not to be confused with the Nato Phonetic Alphabet. I was wondering if you guys know of other phonetic alphabet systems out there?

Are there any German dictionaries or websites that give the phonetic word to help you pronounce it? This would be an immense boon in learning the German accent - I am looking to learn 'High German' for the C1 exam.

Thanks. Appreciate any input.
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Re: Looking for a Phonetic Alphabet set to learn German

IPA is great if you already know it or have other reasons for wanting to learn it. Otherwise, German spelling itself is so regular that I doubt a phonetic transcription system would be worth the extra effort it takes to learn.

A good online dictionary with sound clips for each word:
http://dict.leo.org/
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Re: Looking for a Phonetic Alphabet set to learn German

Thanks for the reply. Sorry it took me a while to get back. I'll check out that dictionary website.
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