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    the pronunciation of the letter "A" among Germans

    Any German I met pronounces the letter "a" the same way - like an "e".
    for example: Challenge is pronounced "Chellenge", Palace is pronounced "Pelace".

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOWCW_ceTGw 0:16
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXPlpwnsMZo 0:13

    ^ Here are two examples to show what I mean.


    I pronounce the "a" in these cases like the U in the word "cup": "Chullenge"


    1. Is my pronunciation correct?
    2. Is the way Germans pronounce it correct as well?

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    Re: the pronunciation of the letter "A" among Germans

    Welcome to Using English.

    Why don't you pronounce it like an A?

    Do you say "chut" instead of "chat"?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: the pronunciation of the letter "A" among Germans

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Welcome to Using English.

    Why don't you pronounce it like an A?

    Do you say "chut" instead of "chat"?
    No, of course not, I meant only those words where you can pronounce a like u, like challenge and palace.
    Can you answer the question please?

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    Re: the pronunciation of the letter "A" among Germans

    I say it as a soft A (a)
    "Challenge" starts the same way as "chat."
    "Palace" starts with "Pal" (like, your friend, your buddy, your pal)
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    Re: the pronunciation of the letter "A" among Germans

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I say it as a soft A (a)
    "Challenge" starts the same way as "chat."
    "Pallace" starts with "Pal" (like, your friend, your buddy, your pal)
    so you'd say the 2 guys in the videos pronounce it correctly?

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    Re: the pronunciation of the letter "A" among Germans

    I'm sure you know that English has many different accents.

    It sounded like "English with a German accent" but not the way a native speaker in the US would say it.

    (The second video was a young lady, not a 'guy')
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    Re: the pronunciation of the letter "A" among Germans

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I'm sure you know that English has many different accents.

    It sounded like "English with a German accent" but not the way a native speaker in the US would say it.

    (The second video was a young lady, not a 'guy')
    I just don't understand why do they insist on pronouncing it "chEllenge". It's not like an open a doesn't exist in German.

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