GN

French pronunciation

The letter combination gn is usually pronounced like the “ni” in “onion.” IPA symbol: [ ɲ ].

French sound files Par exemple…
champagne   champagne
une bagnole (informal)   junker, bad car
un champignon   mushroom
gagner   to win
un oignon   onion

Potential French mistake There are several dozen exceptions, usually English cognates, in which gn is pronounced as two separate consonants: agnostique, cognitif, diagnostique, ignition, etc.

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