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Phonetic interference of the Vietnamese German learners : an investigation and action

Many students at the German Department of the National University of Ho Chi Minh City have considerable problems with the German pronunciation and are therefore difficult to understand. Their mislanguage is mostly due to the influence of the mother tongue Vietnamese or the first foreign language English. Against this background, this research aims to systematize and justify the typical interferences of Vietnamese learners by comparing the phonetics and phonology of German-Vietnamese and German-English. The knowledge gained from this serves as the theoretical basis for a practice-oriented treatment of selected interferences in GFL lessons with the Vietnamese. Measures to correct this interference or to build up new articulatory movements and habits in the target language German are developed. The results of this dissertation show, on the one hand, that the German pronunciation of Vietnamese learners can be affected by (socio) linguistic factors, e.g. B. the first foreign language English and the native Vietnamese dialects. Interference can affect all phonetic levels. On the other hand, the didactic implementation makes it clear that these interference effects can even be dealt with quickly and effectively. This initial success should be seen as a motivation for further occupations with the field of contrastive phonetics and phonology German-Vietnamese or German-English-Vietnamese, which at least certainly contribute to improving the German pronunciation of Vietnamese learners.