Margaret in NV wrote: I wonder how "pf" is pronounced in
English. I have PEASTER/PIESTER/DePEYSTER variations of the same family.
Today, I saw one that was Pfister. Is the 'f' or the 'p' silent?
Hi Margaret! I took German in high school <many years ago> but as I
remember, the teacher explained that the correct pronunciation was "in
the teeth and lip placement before the sound is made".
So....notice where your lips are when you START to say the word
"pig"...(pursed together tightly).
Now notice where your lips are when you START to say the word "fig"
..(front teeth are partly in the middle of your lower lip)
The "TRICK" to saying a "pf": is to put the lip and teeth placement so
that your lips ready to say "fig"...but make the "p sound" first. The
sound "blows" your lips apart slightly but your teeth and lips are
already to say fig.
The only english equivalent I can think of with a similar teeth/lip
placement is the word "poof"...as in this example:
"I was typing on my computer and suddenly ...poof... all that I had
written... instantly...disappeared into cyberspace"
Hope this helps!