When you learn a new language, syntax is one thing. But on top of that, you’ve got to master the accent too. A German accent has a distinguishable sound to it. There’s no mistaking the abrupt dialect and unique approach to consonants. If you need to learn how to speak with a German accent, there are a few simple rules that you can apply. With a little practice, you’ll learn to talk with a German accent in no time.
Lose the letter W. German people don't use this sound. They've replaced it with a V sound. Try this sentence: "We are going to get wet". It should sound like, "Ve are going to get vet". Make the effort to really pronounce the V sound too. It will make your accent sound very authentic.
Switch the letter V to an F sound. Since the V sound has been assigned to the W, you can't just continue to say the V sound for the letter V too. Instead, you need to replace all V's with an F sound. Try this sentence: "We had some very nice vegetables for supper". It should sounds like, "Ve had some fery nice fegetables for supper". (Notice how we practice the W and the V here.... fery good).
Replace the sound of TH with a D. Native German speakers have a hard time getting their tongue around the "th" sound, so they avoid it. Instead, they replace it with a D sound. Try this: "They don't like the vegetables". It should sound like, "Dey don't like de fegetables." Are you starting to see how sound substitutions work?
Replace D with a T sound. Here we go again. Since we've already assigned the D sound, we need to give the letter D a new sound when learning to talk with a German accent. So, instead of pronouncing a D, replace it with a T sound. Try this: "Dogs are good pets." It should sound like "Togs are goot pets." Now you're getting it!
Use your throat. This is the less-appealing aspect of learning to talk with a German accent. You're going to need to practice speaking from the back of your throat, almost like every word ends with a phlegm sound. Try saying "ich" and "ach" while letting the sounds roll around in your throat for a little bit. It's not easy at first, but just think of it as clearing your throat and speaking at the same time.
Practice speaking concisely and seriously. When you hear someone talk with a German accent, it doesn't have the most romantic sound to it. Instead, a German accent is usually more concise and almost stoical. You don't want to sound stern or offensive, but each word should end with a slight abruption. Once you can string a whole bunch of words together, you'll realize just how serious German people sound when they talk.
You may feel a little silly at first, but learning how to talk with a German accent doesn’t require much practice. If you can substitute the sounds of the letters above, you’ve got the basics of a strong German accent.