How is the Russian word "Сегодня" pronounced?

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<a href="/en/translator/rottenporcelain" class="userpopupinfo username" rel="user1395824">rottenporcelain</a>
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I've heard many pronunciations of this word. Sometimes I hear people say "seVodnya" and sometimes I hear people say "seGodnya" and I hear others say it like "seHondya". I'm genuinely curious on how to pronounce this word ! I don't know if this is forum worthy, but I'd like to know.

<a href="/en/translator/uncommon" class="userpopupinfo username" rel="user1414669">Uncommon</a>
Joined: 07.03.2019

you most often should hear it with V, although with tint of G.
It's something like with Spanish V - pronounced "B" but with tint of V (i guess, i don't speak Spanish)

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<a href="/en/translator/sydney-lover" class="userpopupinfo username" rel="user1112972">DarkJoshua</a>
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In standard Russian, "г" would be pronounced as "v" in this particular case.
This happens ONLY in the endings of the adjectival genitive case, i. e. "-его" and "-ого". In ancient times the "г" still had its "g" pronunciation (as it still does in most of the other Slavic languages), but overtime it changed to "v". The writing, though, still preserves the original pronunciation.
As I said, this happens only in the genitive case. "Сегодня" isn't an adjective, so it's invariable, but it actually comes from the expression "сего дня" where "сего" is the genitive for "сей" (also found in "сейчас"), an obsolete word meaning "this". Overtime it became a single word, but the pronunciation stayed the same.

As for "sehondya" I have no idea where you heard it from. "Г" is pronounced like an "H" in Ukrainian, but I strongly doubt any Russian-speaking Ukrainian would pronounce it that way.

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I'm not Russian, but I've been speaking Russian for over 30 years. I also noticed that they say "-его" and "-ого" in different ways. According to my observations, people using the official Russian (Moscow and surrounding regions) say "V", in Ukraine (except for big cities) they say "H", the former southern Soviet republics say "G". In this way, when I talk to someone in Russian, I can easily find out where my interlocutor comes from.

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<a href="/en/translator/andrew-parfen" class="userpopupinfo username" rel="user1328416">Andrew Parfen</a>
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Interesting question, I'm russian and I never thought about how I pronounce Сегодня. Now that you asked, I tried to say it out loud and kinda didn't know how to say it. Then I wrote the word on paper, showed to my colleague at work and asked him to say it. He was astonished by that and first said absolutely clear Segodnya, I said we usuelly don't say like this, then he said Sevodnya, then he thought a bit and said Seodnya... Teeth smile

I believe we actually pronounce it Sevodnya, but I guess it may vary to Sehodnya or Seodnya Regular smile

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And we often may say "syonya" instead of "sevodnya" when we talk to friends or family members

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