IE and EI in German
For a while I kept misspelling words like speisekarte or auf wiedersehen because I kept mixing up the I and the E. One day it just clicked for me:
The last letter in the combination of I and E makes the sound and the first letter is silent. So speis in speisekarte sounds like "AYE" or the letter I. Where as wie in wiedersehen sounds like "EE" or the letter E. So when I can't remember, I just sound that part out and it tells me right away whether it should be ie or ei.
Meinen: ei = "AYE"
Viele: ie = "EE"
Etc.. I hope this helps others like it has me. :)
Open Apr 22, 2019 - 12:47 PM
German > Pronunciation