How does letter g pronounced before soft vowels and after r in swedish? Is that like j in journey?
Additional question: What about. Letter j? Is that like y in you?
Yes, the Swedish letter "j" is pronounced like "y" in "you". This means that the Swedish letter "g" is pronounced like "our j" (that is like "y" in "you") before soft vowels (e, i, y, ä and ö) and after "r" and "l".
ge - give
gissa - guess
gyllene - golden
Gävle (Swedish town)
Göran (male surname)
berg - mountain
älg - elk, moose
There are exceptions :). Right now I can think of some "ge-" words, where "g" is pronounced like "sj" in "sjuk" (ill), for example:
generad - embarrassed
gelé - jelly
Also worth noting that very similar words have been loaned from different languages, i.e general, gen and generera are pronounced with the j-sound (probably formed off of Latin roots, standard Swedish pronunciation). In contrast, we have generell, geni and genera from French with the sj-sound.