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Monday, September 27, 2010

Bulgarian: Pronunciation (PART 2)

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Welcome back! Hopefully these lessons have been of some use to you. Anyway, here is part two of the first lesson as promised!
 
IMPORTANT NOTES CONCERNING PRONUNCIATION
 
If you remember, I marked certain consonants in the previous lesson
that seem to "become" another letter at the end of a word. This is not
entirely true. What changes is the SOUND. This is because those consonants
are 'voiced'. Voiced consonants in Bulgarian have counterparts, called 'unvoiced' consonants. At the end of a word, the voiced consonants become unvoiced, thus a sound change occurs.
 
Observe:
 
Град - street (pronounced 'graht', NOT 'grahd')
Мъж - man (pronounced 'muhsh', NOT 'muhzh')
Газ - gas (pronounced 'gahs', NOT 'gahz')
 
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