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How do you pronounce Noether?

  1. Apr 6, 2012 #1
    Hello, I would really appreciate any help in pronouncing the following words:


    I am giving a presentation on Emmy Noether, and I don't want to mispronounce these words. I asked a friend who took German..and he had no idea XD. Any help would be great! Thx.
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  3. Apr 6, 2012 #2


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    Everytime I hear Noether's name pronounced, I hear it as "Noy-thur". I have a professor who knew German and would pronounce it in that manner, but I am not sure how out of practice he was and if he pronounces it correctly.
  4. Apr 6, 2012 #3
    In English, the oe is the way we write the German "o" with the umlaut (the two dot.) This is supposed to be said kind of like "er" but you don't quite say the entire sound. You kind of quit before you get to the end of it.

    I know this makes no sense, but I don't really know how to explain it. :)
  5. Apr 6, 2012 #4
    No, No I really appreciate it. So would saying it as note er be correct? Like class notes and then an er sound that you make when you are really confused? XD
  6. Apr 6, 2012 #5
    I sort of go "nuuter"

    or maybe "neuter" but with a bit of a push on the "neu" part and saying "ter" like you say "Should I tear the paper in half?"

    then there's air-lahng-en

    As by themselves in German sort of go "aaaahh"

    Gottingen would go "got - ting - en"

    the "ot" part in "got" sounds like the "ott" part in "glottal"

    try and pronounce both Ts but don't make too big of a deal about it

    Note: I was just a student of German, not a native speaker
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    Thanks all :)
  9. Apr 6, 2012 #8


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    It's Göttingen, like Nöther (or Noether)

    ö is pronounced like ur as in fur without a strong r.

    Nöther would be pronounced like Goethe, but with a hard r at the end.
  10. Apr 7, 2012 #9

    Perhaps in a similar way as Beethoven is pronounced: Neh - tHer, with the little "t" before the capital H meaning it must be pronounced like an actual t but softly (NOT like in "the" or in "notion"!). Her like in the english word "her". I think this will be enough for a non-speaker.

    Erlangen = Ehr - lan - gen, all round open vowels: e like in "let", a like in "math".

    Göttingen (note the umlaut above the "o") = Goeh (closer to "get" than to "go"), teen - gen.

  11. Apr 7, 2012 #10


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    I'm pretty sure he meant that the "oe" is supposed to be pronounced that way, not the "er" at the end.

    I know almost no german, and I'm not sure I know the correct pronunciation of Noether, but if it is what I think it is (and that seems to be supported by other comments on this page), then it can be described like this: Imagine that it's spelled Nöt-r, and pronounce the ö and the r as the guy on this web page. (Move the mouse pointer over the letters you want to hear).

    Edit: Oh, cool. I just saw micromass's post. Just do what he says, and you'll hear all three pronounced correctly. I didn't know that Google Translate could do that.
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2012
  12. Apr 7, 2012 #11
    yeah, I didn't know Google Translate could do that either. Well, knowledge is power XD
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