Pronunciation: лёгкое

Alan Evangelista

Senior Member
Brazilian Portuguese
Hi, guys!

Wiktionary says that лёгкое is pronounced [ˈlʲɵxkəjə]. Is there any rule which explains why "г" is pronounced "х" [x] or is it just an exception?

Thanks in advance!
  • Awwal12

    Senior Member
    Basically, in native Russian words "г" directly before "к" or "ч" reads as /x/ (it's a very old phonetic development), although since there are only two roots actually involved (-мяг(к)- & -лег(к)-), you could also call it an exception.

    See also: rules of pronunciation of г
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