How to pronounce Berlin

How to pronounce Berlin

Following up on my previous post about Edinburgh, I want to discuss the English pronunciation of Berlin. According to the Longman Pronunciation Dictionary, the pronunciation is [bɜː’lɪn], suggesting that

(1) the r is not pronounced, even in American English,

(2) the stress is on the second syllable (many German speakers stress the first syllable when saying Berlin in English, making it sound a bit like burger),

(3) the pronunciation on Berlin’s English Wikipedia entry, [bərˈlɪn], is wrong.

You can listen to the pronunciation of Berlin here.


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