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Pronunciation of Orange?

The Duolingo speaker pronounces the 'g' like it would be in English, but a pronunciation guide I found says the letter 'g' should be pronounced like it is in 'go'. Which is correct?

August 9, 2012

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https://www.duolingo.com/elae
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"Orange" was taken from a different language, and mimics its soft g (like we have in English). There are a few words like that that don't follow standard German pronunciation rules due to the original source language, like "Sandwich".

August 9, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/siebolt
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@ thejohnfreeman Yes, sorry. I just changed languages and got confused. Tip: Germans normally adapt words from a foreign language by translating them, or changing the spelling: chocolat (French) turns into Schokolade. If you meet a word which seems to be foreign and with its own spelling it is time to be alert. Then Germans tend to use the pronunciation from that language (orange)

August 9, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/thejohnfreeman

It would be nice if Duolingo compiled or linked a list of such words. Do you know of any?

August 9, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/siebolt
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The sound of -g- and -c- depends on the sound following it. "Cent" (sañ) commences with an -s- sound. "Cuivre" commences with an -k- sound. "Le géant" commences with the soft -g-. "grand" commences with the -g- in "good".

August 9, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/thejohnfreeman

@siebolt Are you speaking of French? This question was posted in the German topic.

August 9, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/thejohnfreeman

Excellent, thank you.

August 9, 2012
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