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"Г" sound in Russian

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When does the letter "г" in Russian sound like "g" and when does it sound like "v"?

3 years ago

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Here's some info from wiki:

"In standard Russian, Ghe ( Г ) represents the voiced velar plosive /ɡ/, except when it is devoiced to [k] word-finally or before a voiceless consonant, and it represents /ɡʲ/ before a palatalizing vowel.

In the Russian nominal genitive ending -ого, -его, Ghe represents [v], including in the word сегодня ("today", from сего дня).

The letter Ghe represents a voiceless [x] (not [k]) in front of the letter Ka ( К ) in two Russian words, namely, мягкий and лёгкий, and their derivatives."

3 years ago

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Also it's /x/ in Бог – but only in nominative.

3 years ago

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"Г" always makes the "G" sound. The exception is the adjective suffix "-ого", where it is pronounced "-ovo".

3 years ago

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I thought 'Г' (along with all the other voiced consonants) get devoiced at the end of a word; which in this case corresponds to a 'K' sound.

3 years ago

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That's only when it's the very last letter, which in "ого" it is not.

3 years ago

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You're right. I forgot about that.

I was mostly addressing why it's sometimes pronounced like "в".

3 years ago

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You are actually right. I always heard them pronounce "Друг" as "Druk".

3 years ago

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The letter "Г" sounds like "g"( and does not sound like "v") I stand corrected. Thank you everyone.

The letter "В" sounds like "v"

Scroll down at this location to see the Tips and Notes for the Russian Alphabet. https://www.duolingo.com/skill/ru/Alphabet-1

In this Memrise course there is a video that is very helpful for hard and soft consonant pronunciation: http://www.memrise.com/course/78454/learn-basic-russian/4/

3 years ago

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I've been studying Russian for 3 years now using several different sources, and this is what I've learned: the letter "Г" is indeed the letter "G", but as the very last letter of a word it makes a sound very similar to that of the letter "К". But to answer your question, anytime you ever see "-ого" or "-его" it is ALWAYS pronounced as the Russian letter "В". Even the word "его" meaning "his / him" is pronounced "yevo". The only exception is the word "много" which keeps the regular pronunciation "mnogo".

3 years ago

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If it's "ого", I think it's usually pronounced as v.

3 years ago

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I heard Russians pronounce "Ого!" as Oho.

3 years ago

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The letter Г can be pronounced as g, k, v, or kh. It is usually pronounced as [g] — however, it is pronounced as [k] before any unvoiced letter except К, where it is instead pronounced more like [kh]: лёгкий (easy) is [lyokh-ki], not [lyok-ki]. Additionally, it is pronounced like К OR Х at the end of a word, such as друг (friend) or Бог (God); most native speakers opt for the [kh] pronunciation in this situation, as far as my knowledge goes. Г is pronounced as [v] when between [ye] and [o] (его = yevo) or between [o] and [o] — it retains its original pronunciation (g) in some words, like много [mnoga] (a lot) and немного [nyemnoga] (some/a little). I hope this helped!

4 months ago
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