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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/profile/elae

"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".


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

@ 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)


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

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


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

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".


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

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


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Excellent, thank you.

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