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October 08, 2004

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language hat

German ΓΌ (alternate spelling: ue) is halfway between u and i -- it's got the forward tongue position of the latter and the rounded lips of the former. The phonetic impression it makes differs according to the German dialect, but the less pronounced the rounding, the more it sounds like i. (In Yiddish, the rounding has entirely disappeared, and it's fallen together with i.) In any event, that pronunciation is fairly common: Kuehn = KEEN, Gruening = GREEN-ing are a couple of examples off the top of my head.

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