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The 'G' in Northern and Southern Dutch

In the South of The Netherlands ('Holland') (in the provinces of Noord-Brabant and Limburg), and in the Dutch-speaking North of Belgium, the pronunciation of 'G' and 'CH' is different from the North. In Dutch, the Northern is called the 'hard' G and the Southern the 'soft' G. The Northern 'G' is in the back of the mouth, the Southern more mid-mouth.

I'll say it in standard, Northern Dutch first, and then you'll have my rendering of the Southern way of speaking:
Geen groter genoegen hear

Another example: (ignore the first two names)

- - Herman Dooyeweerd (1894-1977, philosopher)
- - Dodewaard (small city in central Holland)
Sjeng Schalken (tennis player; in 'Northern' and 'Southern' Dutch)

... And Three ways to say 'CH' in German

In German, there are three ways of saying the 'CH', the first two are like the Dutch Northern and Southern G, and then the 'CH' in 'SCH' is again different:

Bach - Ich - Schiff hear

Maastricht - Der Koehp va Hehle (Limburg Dialect)

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Standard Dutch (my attempt at)
Limburg dialect
English Translation
geel click to hear 2 geel click to hear yellow
geen groter genoegen click to hear geen groter genoegen click to hear no greater pleasure
en jij gelooft dat? click to hear 2 en gij geleuft dat? click to hear 2 3 and you believe that?
Zachte G click to hear 2 3 Zachte G click to hear 2 3 'soft' (Southern) G
'Groots met Een Zachte G' click to hear 2 'Great, majestic with a soft G' (A Guus Meeuwis show)

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