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Stephen Mulraney said:
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> On the other hand, is German <w> actually /w/? Is it bilabilal /B/
> maybe? [I've been wondering about this for a while, in an attempt to
> figure out why Germans have the accent they do in English, when it comes
> to pronouncing English <w> and <v>,  and why it's so rare to find a
> German without this accent feature]

Standard German <w> is /v/ except in the "-ow" ending on some Prussian
proper nouns (in which the <w> is silent).

Many Germans learning English have difficulty hearing the difference
between /v/ and /w/, even after they've learned to articulate /w/. So
during one phase of their acquisition process, they often get them
confused ("I'm wery vell, sank you!").


-- Mark