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August 30, 2016



So the first gamma is a 'y' sound because it is before the epsilon and the second is a 'g' sound because it is before an omicron? Or?


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voiced_velar_fricative This is the base sound spelled γ, while the palatalized pronunciation (i.e. preceding an ee or eh vowel) is what a spaniard would spell as a double l https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voiced_palatal_fricative


γεγονός · /gegonós/ · etymologically cognate to English, beget, genera, gender:

[ · From Proto-Italic gignō, from Proto-Indo-European ǵíǵnh₁-, the reduplicated present stem of *ǵenh₁-. Cognate to Ancient Greek γίγνομαι (gígnomai, “to come into being, to be born, to take place”). · https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/gigno#Latin · ]

[ · https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/γίγνομαι#Ancient_Greek · ]


You avoid a clear answer. Y g ?


Pretty much, yes. More details in Cordeddu's answer, but yours is the simplified version.


Trying to work that out myself.


The last letter is sigma right? Is the pronunciation like "s" in "case"? The audio here sounds like "sh"


    You should consider all σ/σσ/ς letters as "ss" . It is true though that in the end of a word, ς, especially when preceded by ο, may sound a bit thicker and might be associated with a sh sound; it's not though!!


    Greek σ does sound like how Castilians pronounce s, i.e. somewhere between the /s/ and the /ʃ/ sound.


    γεγονός - first γ sounds like y in 'yes' and second γ like w in 'woman'. Would Theo_Matrakas or other Mod like to explain it, please :)


    See Euan's question in these comments for the answer. (Euan says /g/ where you say /w/; the real sound is in between.)


    Thank you, Toby for your elaboration.

    It seems to me that there is softening of γ /g/ at both places. At the first where it occurs with front vowel and so pronounced with front portion of palate, this softening sounds /y/ while at the second one occurring with back vowel so pronounced with back portion of palate, it sounds somewhere between /g/ and /w/.

    Thanks :)

    ps: I apprehend that 'softening' is a wrong linguistic term in this context.


    how would you write facts? like more than 1 fact?


    τα γεγονότα (neutral gender, plural number)


    What is the difference between "truth" and "fact"? I input "truth" and not accepted.


    please say the meaning before you ask for the meaning later?


    Help, why is my spelling yeyovos incorrect? I am using a english querty keyboard


    The letter gamma looks like y but it's actually a g; nu looks like v but it's an n. If you use the Romanization then it should be gegonós. Though, I'm not sure if it's gonna be accepted. You can install a Greek keyboard, as it's available on most devices.


    What is the connection between the two correct solutions: fact and event?


    Words just overlap in meaning differently, in different languages... Even in English, an 'event' can create a 'fact on the ground'.


    Ill figure out the wiki links the guy posted below, but can someone tell spell how this is being pronounced? I hear "yeyonosh" "ieyonosh", something like that


    It could be written following Spanish orthography like this: llegonós. I'm no native of either language though.


    but in spanish thatd be a real hard g in the middle, like "gum". I'm not hearing that here. would it basically be the ll sound (basically y like "yay" in llegonos but with a hiss added to it?


    In Spanish as I learnt it (I'm no native speaker either), a ‘g’ between vowels is a fricative, much as it is in Greek, not a stop.


    That's right, TobyBartels.


    It should be hard, but I usually hear it pronounced like a fricative when it falls between two vowels, especially by Latin Americans. Aside from that, if you are not used to IPA symbols I'm not sure I can better describe these sounds to you. The yay with a hiss seems a good description for γε though


    When it says translate I cannot tell if it just wants the letters, or the meaning. Can this question be more clear... "Translate letters" or "Translate words"


    When is ο used and when ω? Are they both the same sound ?


    it would be better for the question to read 'translate' as opposed to 'write' so as not to confuse


    Is the translation for this which says "event" meaning an occurrence?


    How are we (students) suppose to come up with a translation of a word we've never heard before? Not a very logical progression Duolingo.


      If on a mobile device, tap to see the hints, or, on a computer hover with your mouse over the word you don't know or remember.


      What if it is a multiple choice question? I'm sure, as I have experienced this before, that there is some bug that make DL sometimes mess up order in lessons and gives us tasks that are supposed to be given after we learn the word. That bug is extremely frustrating when it's for listening question.


        Yes, I see your point, but surely scoring a mistake here and there is not so bad? :) I don't like guessing either but making a mistake jars a bit, especially if it's not your fault, so it's easier to remember later on!

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