Ä

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Ä or ä is not a letter used in English, but is used in some other languages. Ä and ä are both just "a"s with umlauts.

German[change | edit source]

Germany and Austria[change | edit source]

Ä or ä is one of the 4 extra letters used in German. It can be replaced by using the letters Ae or ae. In English language newspapers it is often written as A or a but this is not correct. Ä and ä are usually pronounced like the "e" in "bed".

Internet addresses are written as "ae" because the internet address system can only understand ordinary English letters.

Switzerland[change | edit source]

German is one of the official languages of Switzerland, but people from Switzerland who speak German do not use the extra letter, they always use ae.