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Sunday at 06:30 PM
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Monday at 12:17 PM
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Hello George,

Would you mind letting me know which word exactly that would be? Is it γέννησις, γέννηση, or γέννα; In any case, the γ before and /e/ or and /i/ sound should be pronounced like an English "y", so all these words above should start with a sound similar to "ye-" in the word "yes". When an /a/ /o/ or /u/ vowel follow, then its sound is produced further back in the mouth/throat, like a very soft G.

So to me, that slight "G" sound you mention seems to be because of a γα/γο/γου sound or the person saying γε/γι is not a native speaker. From my experience, even someone who has Greek parents but lives outside of Greece might have an accent. One has to have grown up in Greece in order to sound just like the locals.

I hope this helps!


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George Wibbeler
Saturday at 12:59 AM
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I have a question on the word for birth. I have been listening to native Greek speakers (2 of them) reading the New Testament in Modern Greek. I Matthew chapter 1 the word for birth or "begot" is pronounced slightly different by each reader. One pronounces the Gamma with a slight "G" sound, the other is a more Y sound--why would that be? And which is more correct?