[CR]re: Puch

From: "C. Andrews" <chasds@mindspring.com>
To: <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Date: Sat, 22 May 2004 16:08:37 -0700
Subject: [CR]re: Puch

Martin Appel wrote:

I understand it is almost impossible to teach a native english speaker how to promounce the "ch". the sound that comes closest is a little like "sh"; JFK had phonetically written down his famous "ich bin ein Berliner" speech and had the "ich" as "ish", iirc.)


I'm waiting for a bit of clarification on this from Martin...since he knows best...but my impression is that the german *ch* varies from region to region around Germany. Some pronounce it with a slightly harder palette, more like a *k*...others pronounce it with a much softer palette...but not like *sh*... more like saying a hard *k* with a very soft, raised palette, so that air comes through. *sh* really isn't correct at all, and neither is a fully hard *k*...

the closest phonetic I can come up with, without use of symbols I don't know how to find in Windows, would be about what Martin gave, to wit: "poohkh"

Charles "classical djs have to know this stuff" Andrews SoCal

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