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GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old High German sprehhan, from Proto-Germanic *sprekaną, from Proto-Indo-European *spreg- (to make a sound, utter, speak). Compare Dutch spreken, English speak.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈʃprɛçən/, [ˈʃpʁɛ-], [ʃprɛ-], [-çn̩], [-çən]
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VerbEdit

sprechen (class 4 strong, third-person singular simple present spricht, past tense sprach, past participle gesprochen, past subjunctive spräche, auxiliary haben)

  1. (transitive) to speak (some language, the truth, etc.)
  2. (intransitive) to speak; to talk; to give a speech
  3. (transitive, literary, poetic) to say (something)
  4. (reflexive, of a word) to have a pronunciation; to be pronounced (some way)
    Wie spricht sich das?How do you pronounce this?
  5. (Switzerland, transitive, officialese) to grant, approve (a loan, funding, etc.)

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SynonymsEdit

  • (speak): reden (preferred in the vernacular)

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