W for v substitution when some Germans speak English
August 8, 2006 6:29 AM Subscribe
Why do many German speakers pronounce the v sound in English as a w?
posted by ob to Writing & Language (24 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
It's not that every German I know does this, but this is pretty common. From the languages that I speak to a greater or lesser degree (Spanish, Dutch, French) I know that there are inherant things in those languages which greatly affect the way that a native speaker pronounces English, but I can't quite see this in German. I mean there is a strong v sound in German. I've spoken about this with friends who speak German and no one has an answer.