German Language Help Needed

Sep 4th, 2005, 10:05 AM
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German Language Help Needed

How do you say " I would like to reconfirm my reservation" in German.
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Sep 4th, 2005, 10:12 AM
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Ich möchte meine Reservierung rückbestätigen, bitte.
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Sep 4th, 2005, 11:05 AM
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I wonder if you know how to pronounce that correctly though!

Please never pronounce ich "itsh"!

The sound of ch in both "ich" and " möchte" is fifty precent "sh" and fifty percent "h"

It sounds like a cobra about to spit her venom actually!

I wonder if that sound is exclusive to German?

I don't know how else to explain it! Goodluck though..
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Sep 4th, 2005, 11:34 AM
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I was told by my german friend that the sound in Ich and Nicht is a little like a cat hissing.
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Sep 4th, 2005, 12:31 PM
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Thank You !
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Sep 4th, 2005, 01:31 PM
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Your grandmother must have been from southern Germany. In the north, where my grandmother came from, "ich" is pronounced "ikh."
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Sep 4th, 2005, 02:16 PM
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"ikh" is local Berlin dialect for "Ich", while "E" would be Bavarian.
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Sep 4th, 2005, 02:39 PM
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I was actually talking about standard high German.
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Sep 4th, 2005, 02:44 PM
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Ch is only pronounced kh when preceded by a,u,au,o!

Pronouncing Ich and Nicht "Ikh"
and "Nikht"? how weird is that!!!
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Sep 4th, 2005, 02:56 PM
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I am not quite sure what you mean by "kh" Why would a dialect be weired?
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Sep 4th, 2005, 03:16 PM
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Got it. You mean "ch" like in the hebrew word "lachaim" when you write "ik"?
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Sep 4th, 2005, 03:25 PM
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<<I wonder if that sound is exclusive to German?>>

No, not at all - - Hebrew (already mentioned), Greek, Russian, Dutch, Scottish, probably countless others...

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Sep 4th, 2005, 03:26 PM
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I mena kh like in rauch, boch, auch machen and so on
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Sep 4th, 2005, 03:28 PM
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rex, the "kha" sound is found in so many languages, but I ment the ch as in "sicher" !
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I mean logos, you must have watched TV and heard standard German. The sound of "ch" in "sicher" and "machen" is totally different !
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Sep 4th, 2005, 04:29 PM
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Hmmm... I get your point, I guess. Definitely different from machen. Maybe not so different from ich (in some parts of Germany).

There must be similar sounds in some languages - - probably several European languages, and other continents (well.... Asia), I would suppose.
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Sep 4th, 2005, 10:45 PM
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>you must have watched TV and heard standard German.
Right, I am watching to much TV. But only the Bavarian channels "Bayrischer Rundfunk" and "BR Alpha". ;-) and it's somtimes hard to find people around me who speak "decent" German. It's mostly Prussian nowadays ;-)
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Sep 5th, 2005, 06:42 AM
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The word Bayrischer is a reminder of how these subtle variations do exist in German, and have a very real regional variation. Curious if these regional variations exist in Russian also - - for example in the letter "shch" (as in Khrushchev) - - more similar? or more different than "Fischer"? (and quite different again from sicher, nicht wahr?)
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But I do believe there are slight differences between Prussian and Russian ;-) ;-)
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logos,

you don't mean to say that Bavarian dialect is "decent" German, eh? LOL!
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