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The pronounciation of the letter Г?

Привіт всім, I would like to know how can I pronounce the letter г? For Example:- Гитара (with g) OR Гора (with h) Дякую

September 14, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/Shady_arc

"гітара" is pronounced with a voiced H. I guess, if you looked for "гитара" on the web, you found the Russian word. Which is pronounced with a "G".

September 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Johan_Fayez

I understood from you now that г is pronounced with h in Ukrainian and with g in Russian. Am I right?

September 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Shady_arc

Pretty much. Note the following, though:

  • Ґ ([g])was not used in Ukrainian for some time, and there might be minor issues using it when typing from a standard PC keyboard, so it MIGHT be used inconsistently by some people and in some texts.

  • In Russian, a few words with Г are still pronounced with a voiced or devoiced [x] instead (normally Г means [g] when voiced and [k] when devoiced). First, «бог» and, for some speakers. «господи» ("God"). Only in these forms! Second, the interjection «ага» ("yep"). Third, «мягкий» and «лёгкий» are pronounced as if they were spelt «мяхкий» and «лёхкий»

  • While Г is pronounced as [g] in Standard Russian, southern Russian dialects use the same sound as in Ukrainian instead.

September 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Johan_Fayez

Thanks very much, here you are some lingots.

September 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/UrielZamoraPerez

Г in russian is like G in Go, Г in Ukrainian is like H in Heart

September 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/andrii_chr

No, that's not quite correct. Please read @Shady_arc's explanation above.

September 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Blockhause

It's like the letter 'G' in the word 'great', for example.

September 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/grey236

In Ukrainian, Ґ is g (rare) and Г is always h. In Russian there is no Ґ letter and Г is pronounced as g

September 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Johan_Fayez

So why we say Гора (hora) (with h) or Книга (Knyha) (with h)?

September 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Neco_Coneco

It is pronounced /h/. There is a separate letter 'Ґ' pronounced as /g/. It think they just tend to use 'Г 'for both /g/ and /h/ sounds.

September 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Johan_Fayez

But, when can we pronounce Г as g and as h?

September 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Neco_Coneco

I think you just have to memorize the pronunciation of the word when you first encountered it.

September 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/grey236

In Ukrainian, Ґ is g (rare) and Г is always h. In Russian there is no Ґ letter and Г is pronounced as g

September 14, 2015
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