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How to pronounce GN in French

GN in French

In this article, you’ll learn how to pronounce the consonant combination gn in French.

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How to pronounce the sound gn in French?

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The sound gn in French is not pronounced as in English. However, we can find a similar sound in the English word (an onion).

Here are two examples:


un agneau (a lamb)



un peigne (a comb)



The (very few) exceptions…

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There exist very few exceptions to the rule above, where the letters g and n are pronounced as two separate letters.

Here is one of them:


un gnou (a wildebeest)



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