The Super Scary Dutch G Posted by Sten on Oct 17, 2015 in Dutch Language
If you are learning Dutch at the moment, you are undoubtedly trying to pronounce the words too – and one thing I found many people find very difficult is the pronounciation of the letter G in most cases. Now, I am referring to the Algemeen Beschaafd Nederlands (ABN), in which the G is not soft.
Algemeen Beschaafd Nederlands, or ABN is pronounced like this, by the way:
For example, how do you say the word gezicht (face)?
Well, so how do you get this g right? It depends – if you just want to say the capital letter G, it sounds like this:
It is pretty much the same sound you would get if you gurgle without water, or the sound you make just before you spit. Just the gross things you could do with your throat, really, that is what is the right kind of sound of the g.
You have to open your mouth well, and forget about your vocal chords. They don’t have any job in the pronunciation of the g!
So you are left with this sound – and that is what you want. Now add the other letters of the word, and you are fine.
As for the ch, sch, and when there is an r right after it, as in for example schik (fun) or schrik (scare), they basically have the same sound, just a little “lighter”. The r makes it a bit longer, or creates a sort of “transition” to the other letters in the word.
This is how you pronounce schik
and this is how you pronounce schrik
Do you hear the difference?
The most important word of all unfortunately has 2 of these g in it, but you can get your head around it, I am sure:
Anyways, you might think now that this is a lot of work – but you will manage! Oefening baart kunst! (Practice makes perfect).
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