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the above transcription of hecheln is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.
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An example use of hecheln in a speech by a native speaker of standard german:
“… in atemnot beginnt zu hecheln und es …”
the word hecheln occurs in german on average 1.2 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.