In this lesson, we will learn the pronunciation and spelling of soft <g> words. These are words that are spelt with a letter ‘g’ but pronounced with a /dʒ/ sound.
Let me break this down for you because it can be confusing.
The /dʒ/ sound is in my name, ‘Jade Joddle’ /dʒeɪd dʒɒd.əl/. As you can see from the example of my name, the /dʒ/ sound is most commonly spelt with a letter ‘j’ in English.
However, the /dʒ/ sound is also spelt with a letter ‘g’ in some words. When this occurs, it is called a soft <g>. Here are some examples:
Non-native speakers of English often mispronounce words with the letter ‘g’ in them because they don’t know the soft <g> and hard <g> rules of pronunciation. Here are two pronunciation rules for you to know:
- When <g> meets a, o, or u, its sound is usually hard.
- When <g> meets e, i, or y, its sound is usually soft.
However, as is usual with English pronunciation, there are plenty of exceptions to these rules. But don’t worry because I’m going to teach you the main ones!
Practice Soft ‘g’: Some Examples from the Lesson Recording
allergic: allergic reaction
gigantic: gigantic giraffe
energetic: energetic gym session
large: large gorge
genetic: genetic engineering