Archive for German Diction

Diction Tip #17

Posted in German Diction by thedictionpolice on May 15th, 2017

Since the podcast comes out every two weeks, on the off-weeks we post Diction Tips--very short tutorials focusing on a specific topic in Lyric Diction.

In Diction Tip #17, Bernhard Hansky discusses the pronunciation of the "er-" prefix (which also includes "ver-", "zer-"), and how to handle the letter 'r' in this prefix.

For more Diction Tips visit the videos section of our Facebook page or you can find all of our Diction Lessons, Diction Tips and Tongue Twisters for Singers at www.dictionpolice.com!

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Diction Tip #15

Posted in German Diction by thedictionpolice on April 15th, 2017

Since the podcast comes out every two weeks, on the off-weeks we post Diction Tips--very short tutorials focusing on a specific topic in Lyric Diction.

This week, Mirko Roschkowski shows us the difference between the open and closed pronunciations of Ü in German diction.

For more Diction Tips visit the videos section of our Facebook page or you can find all of our Diction Lessons, Diction Tips and Tongue Twisters for Singers at www.dictionpolice.com!

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Episode 93-SDU Tutorial (Audio version)

Posted in German Diction by thedictionpolice on April 9th, 2017

Episode 93 covers Heinrich Heine's text "Du bist wie eine Blume", which has been set over 380 times! Mirko Roschkowski leads us through it, focusing on the vowels [ə] and [ɐ], the difference between [ʃ] and [ç], and some phrases where back-to-back [t] and [d] need to be clearly articulated.

For more Video Tutorials, Text Readings, and PDFs with phonetic transcriptions as well as translations into several languages, please visit us at www.dictionpolice.com . You can also follow The Diction Police on Facebook and Twitter.

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Episode 93-SDU Tutorial

Posted in German Diction by thedictionpolice on April 9th, 2017

Episode 93 covers Heinrich Heine's text "Du bist wie eine Blume", which has been set over 380 times! Mirko Roschkowski leads us through it, focusing on the vowels [ə] and [ɐ], the difference between [ʃ] and [ç], and some phrases where back-to-back [t] and [d] need to be clearly articulated.

For more Video Tutorials, Text Readings, and PDFs with phonetic transcriptions as well as translations into several languages, please visit us at www.dictionpolice.com . You can also follow The Diction Police on Facebook and Twitter.

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Diction Tip #12

Posted in German Diction by thedictionpolice on February 18th, 2017

Since the podcast comes out every two weeks, on the off-weeks we post Diction Tips--very short tutorials focusing on a specific topic in Lyric Diction.

In this week's Diction Tip, Mirko Roschkowski discusses the details of initial 'st' [ʃt] in German Lyric Diction.

For more Diction Tips visit the videos section of our Facebook page or you can find all of our Diction Lessons, Diction Tips and Tongue Twisters for Singers at www.dictionpolice.com!

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Episode 89-SDU Tutorial (audio version)

Posted in German Diction by thedictionpolice on February 11th, 2017

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, what better way to celebrate than to discuss the text to "Widmung" (Dedication)?! Mirko Roschkowski joins us to work through the lyric diction rules that come up, focusing on long and short vowels, Auslautverhärtung, and the different possibilities of the letter 'r'. This is the audio version of the podcast.

For more Video Tutorials and Text Readings, or for the accompanying PDF for this Tutorial, please visit us at www.dictionpolice.com . You can also follow The Diction Police on Facebook and Twitter.

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Episode 89-SDU Tutorial

Posted in German Diction by thedictionpolice on February 11th, 2017

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, what better way to celebrate than to discuss the text to "Widmung" (Dedication)?! Mirko Roschkowski joins us to work through the lyric diction rules that come up, focusing on long and short vowels, Auslautverhärtung, and the different possibilities of the letter 'r'.

For more Video Tutorials and Text Readings, or for the accompanying PDF for this Tutorial, please visit us at www.dictionpolice.com . You can also follow The Diction Police on Facebook and Twitter.

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Episode 83-SDU Tutorial (audio version)

Posted in German Diction by thedictionpolice on October 1st, 2016
Mirko Roschkowski leads us through the text to "Wir wandelten", focusing on alliteration in German poetry, the difference between "gebe" and "gäbe", and glottals in the middle of words. No need to go looking for the text, because you can follow along with the text and IPA right here! This is the audio version of the podcast--the full tutorial with video is also available.

Our new website is live! Be sure to come to www.dictionpolice.com to check it out and subscribe to get all of our Special Diction Unit premium content, like text reading videos (with normal and slow speed text readings), and phonetic transcriptions, including poetic and word-for-word translations! And if there are texts you are looking for that we don't offer yet, please contact us at info@dictionpolice.com to let us know, so that we can develop the repertoire that you need.
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Episode 83-SDU Video Tutorial

Posted in German Diction by thedictionpolice on October 1st, 2016
Mirko Roschkowski leads us through the text to "Wir wandelten", focusing on alliteration in German poetry, the difference between "gebe" and "gäbe", and glottals in the middle of words. No need to go looking for the text, because you can follow along with the text and IPA right here!

Our new website is live! Be sure to come to www.dictionpolice.com to check it out and subscribe to get all of our Special Diction Unit premium content, like text reading videos (with normal and slow speed text readings), and phonetic transcriptions, including poetic and word-for-word translations! And if there are texts you are looking for that we don't offer yet, please contact us at info@dictionpolice.com to let us know, so that we can develop the repertoire that you need.
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Episode 79-SDU Video Tutorial

Posted in German Diction by thedictionpolice on June 25th, 2016

This week's episode is from The Diction Police's Special Diction Unit! No need to go looking for the text, because you can follow along with the text, IPA, and conversation on the video!

Mirko Roschkowski leads us through the text to "Morgengruß" from Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin, with readings at normal and slow speeds, as well as our usual Diction Police-style interview and wrap-up. The full IPA transcript, with poetic and word-for-word translation is available for individual sale here. For an audio version of this episode, click here.
This will be our last episode before the summer break--we'll be back with all new episodes on Saturday, August 20, 2016. In the meantime, if you missed our Webinar series (The Diction Police: By the Book) on French Lyric Diction, you can watch all 4 episodes on our YouTube channel! Or be sure to like us on Facebook for weekly Diction Lessons and Tongue Twisters for Singers!
With comments or questions, please feel free to contact us here, at the Facebook page or directly at info@dictionpolice.com
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