The Alphabet

The German alphabet (das Alphabett) consists of the same letters that make up our English alphabet, with one exception. German has one letter that we do not have in English. It is called an “ess-tset” and is often mistaken for a capital “B.” It looks like this (ß) and is pronounced like a double “s” (ESS). It takes the place of ss after long vowels and diphthongs. Note these examples: heißen, süß, weiß. Table 2-1 shows the pronunciation of the German alphabet. Listen to your CD to hear the German pronunciation of the letters.

Table 2-1. Das Alphabet

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