French pronunciation

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

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

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

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