how to pronounce umlaut


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the above transcription of umlaut 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.

umlaut is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of umlaut in a speech by a native speaker of standard german:

“… mit geschrieben oder der umlaut wird …”

meanings of umlaut


  1. The diacritical mark ( ¨ ) placed over a vowel to indicate such assimilation: ä, ö, ü.
  2. Umlaut.
  3. One of the German letters ä, ö, ü (capital letter: Ä, Ö, Ü).

umlaut frequency in german - C2+ level of CEFR

the word umlaut occurs in german on average 0.3 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.

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