Hello. With words starting with vowels, German is said to add a glottal stop systematically. How does one pronounce this sound? I only hear it within an utterance when a noun is preceded by a pronoun or article: Sie ʔisst die ʔÄpfel and in this case I see it just as a pause to keep the two vowels from slurring together. It's not easy to start with a pause.
The preceding quote gives the impression that the glottal stop is optional and not so important. Do you agree?From Wikipedia on German phonology: In many varieties of standard German, the glottal stop, [ʔ], occurs in careful speech before word stems that begin with a vowel. It is much more frequent in northern varieties than in the south. It is not usually considered a phoneme. In colloquial and dialectal speech, [ʔ] is often omitted, especially when the word beginning with a vowel is unstressed