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Monday at 6:30 pm
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Friday at 7:17 am
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Hi Georgia,

you get it right, especially for the pronunciation of "в" as in в Сао Пауло. Whereas in "от", "т" is a voiceless consonant, therefore we pronounce it as it is.

Best regards,

Tina

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Georgia
Thursday at 2:03 am
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Благодаря, Тина!


Now, I see. I guess this rule also holds for the words "в" and "от" when a word with a consonant follows, e.g. Живея в Сао Пауло.

BulgarianPod101.comVerified
Thursday at 1:53 am
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Hi Georgia,

you noticed quite correctly.

Consonants in Bulgarian are divided in pairs, consisting of one voiced and one voiceless consonant. When a voiced consonant stands in front of a voiceless consonant, it is also pronounced as if it is voiceless. the same happens if a voiced consonant is the last letter of the word:


Let me give you an example with these pairs of a voiced and voiceless consonants: в-ф, г-к, and д-т.


So, when you pronounce повтарям, it might sound closer to поф-тарям.

However, in повдигам (to lift, to raise), you pronounce it пов-дигам.


The same patten you can notice here:

подвиг (an act of bravery) pronounced as под-вик

or here:

подтиквам (to earge, to incite) pronounced as пот-тиквам


I hope these examples would help you get your way with the Bulgarian pronunciation :)

Best regards,

Tina

BulgarianPod101.com

Georgia
Tuesday at 2:41 pm
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Does "в" before consonants sound like "ф"? I've been noticing that in повторете and other words.