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Difference between gx and jx ?

Is there a difference?

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/SeptimusBones
SeptimusBones
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Linguistically, ĝ is an affricate and ĵ is a fricative. This means that there is a slight stop before ĝ followed by a sizzling sound, while ĵ is a sizzling sound without a stop.

Their difference is the same as the difference between ĉ and ŝ.

Furthermore, ĝ is pronounced similarly to g in the English name George, or j in the word joke.

Ĵ is pronounced similarly to s in the words vision or pleasure.

More information about pronunciations can be found from the tips & notes sections in the very first units. I recommend always reading through those before moving on to the exercises themselves.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mizinamo
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ĵ is like in the middle of "vision", ĝ like in the middle of "pigeon".

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StephieRice
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Septimus already made a pretty good explanation.

I was just going to add that if you know the difference between voiced and unvoiced consonants then Esperanto's "jx" is the voiced version of English's "sh". It's IPA symbol is "ʒ" while "gx" IPA is "dʒ". IPA (The international phonetic alphabet) is a way of describing the actual pronunciations based on how the sound is produced so you can check them against an IPA table to understand a bit more about the sounds.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rev_ero

In Esperanto there is a difference between all the letters. Well, may be, as a Spaniard, I can not say there is a difference between i and j, and u and ŭ in the sound itself, just in the long of the sound and in the use of those letters. But all the rest are different, keep it in mind.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CreedeLambard

tl;dr: "ĝ" is pronounced like "dĵ". Esperanto "banĝo" is pronounced like English "banjo" for instance.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JapaneseJake

Gx estas afrikato. Jx estas frikativo. Estas simpla, cxu ne?

1 year ago