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