I downloaded Genki and the CDs that came with it. しごと was pronounced as 'shingocto' instead of 'shigoto.' Why is that?

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    Is your native language English? Japanese "g" does occasionally sound like ng, but I don't understand where you're getting "gocto"; there shouldn't be a "c" sound anywhere in there.
    – Kurausukun
    Commented Nov 5, 2017 at 5:09
  • It was probably pronounced wrong in the cd. So is it pronounced "Shingoto" then?
    – Starsalign
    Commented Nov 5, 2017 at 5:28
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    Some dialects of Japanese (particularly common ones) have a nasal g sound. It's not しんごと though.
    – Leebo
    Commented Nov 5, 2017 at 5:57
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    Read here for the "proper" pronunciation of 「ご」: japanese.stackexchange.com/questions/26227/…
    – user4032
    Commented Nov 5, 2017 at 8:15
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    Possible duplicate of The nasal allophones of /g/
    – a20
    Commented Nov 6, 2017 at 7:32

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I am not native, but when I have spoken with Japanese or even watched TV / movies I have never heard 仕事{しごと} any way but as しごと

Feel free to find other sources of audio (actually do!)

I found a great video that start off with 仕事

To my ears, his accent (if he has one) is spot on. Although a native speaker is a much better judge of that.

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    – chocolate
    Commented May 31, 2018 at 12:42

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