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What are Voiced Consonants in Greek?

Hello,

I want to know what are the voiced consonants in Greek? I'm asking this because for "au" and "eu" , it is mentioned that they are pronounced "av" and "ev" if they come before vowels and voiced consonants while "af" and "ef" in other cases.

So I wanted to know some examples for this to ensure that I pronounce correctly.

Thank you

February 6, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/troll1995
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Αυ ευ are pronounced αβ εβ when they are followed by: γ, δ, λ, μ, ν, ρ, σμ, ζ or a vowel.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

γ μ ν also includes the digraphs γκ μπ ντ, I imagine.

What about τζ? It's pronounced ντ+ζ, after all.


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I believe that no word exists that has αυ or ευ before γκ, μπ, ντ or τζ... If it happens to meet one (maybe a surname?), I believe that using both pronounciations with τζ,ντ,γκ is ok. With μπ it sounds really harsh to my ears to use av or ev, but I really doubt that a word like that exists, either way I would say efb,afb and not avb,evb. ;)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

Perhaps something that is easily washable could be ευμπουγαδιαστός :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/troll1995
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In that case I would say efb. ;) But it's more likely that I would use εύπλυτος. The correct would be ευμπουγάδιαστος, though.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mmostafa15988

Sorry but what does "ευμπουγαδιαστός" mean?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/troll1995
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It's a made-up word meaning "that can be easily laundered"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mmostafa15988

Thank you so much for your reply


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mmostafa15988

So is "Αύγουστος" pronounced "Avghostos" as in the lessons, I remember I heard it as af


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/troll1995
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Yes, it is Avghustos. Where did you hear it with af? It sounds very wrong to my ears...

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