The symbols,˘, ˉ, and ˊ, following an entry identify (1) the number of syllables in the word, (2) the length of the vowel or diphthong in each syllable, and (3) on which syllable(s) the primary accent is placed. The symbol, ˘, denotes a short vowel. The symbol, ˉ, denotes a long vowel. Accent is indicated by ˊ.
As an example, the pronunciation field for handelwese is ˘ˊ ˘ ˉ ˘, which indicates that: (1) handelwese has four syllbles; (2) that the "a" in the first syllable is short, that the "e" in the second syllable is short, that the "e" in the third syllable is long, and that the "e" in the last syllable is short; and (3) that the first syllable is accented.
Long: like a in E father or a in G Vater, except for onomatopes, in which case it is like a in E at lengthened.
Short: like a in E what or a in G satt, except for words of English origin, in which case it is like a in E at.
Like aw in E law or au in E author.
Approximately like a in E gate.
Like ai in E aisle.
Like ow in E cow or au in G laut.
Long: like a in E gate or e in G geht.
Short: like e in E let or e in G fett.
Like a in E gate or e in G geht.
Like i in E pine or ei in G Pein.
Long: like i in E machine or i in G ihn.
Short: like i in E pin or i in G Sinn.
Like ее in E meet or ie in G Miete.
Long: like о in E note or о in G Bote.
Short: like u in E cup or о in G Kopf.
Like oy in E boy.
Long: like oo in E moon or u in G tun.
Short: like oo in E cook or u in G gucken.
Like i in E pin or i in G Sinn.
Nearly like E or G b.
Like aw in E law or au in E author.
Like x in E ax or x in G Axt.
Nearly like E or G d.
Like f in E for or f in G Fach.
Like g in E get or g in G Geld when initial. Like k in E kind or k in G Kind when final. Like sound heard between the i and e of E orient or softer when medial.
When sounded, like h in E hat or h in G Hut. It is sometimes silent.
Like E or G k.
Like E or G l.
Like E or G m.
Like E or G n.
Like ng in E sing or ng in G singen.
Like nk in E sink or nk in G sinken.
Nearly like E or G p.
Nearly always like PG gw, sometimes like PG kw.
Like E r slightly trilled. When preceded by an e, the r is vocalized and sounds like E a in ah.
Like s in E sit or s in G bis.
Like sh in E shun or sch in G schon.
Nearly like E or G t.
Like f in E for or v in G vergessen.
Like E w, but made without rounding the lips.
Like x in E ax or x in G Axt.
When initial, like y in E yes or j in G jetzt. When medial, like y in E "many a."
Like ts in E hats or z in G zanken.