Your student has known and practiced the hard-g sound for some time. Today, you will have to convince himthat the world has not ended just because g sometimes sounds like j.
It helps if you know the rules surrounding the g-says-j phenomena. According to Denise Eide in Uncovering the Logic of English:
G may soften to /j/ only when followed by E, I or Y. Otherwise, G says /g/.
It is important to note that the rule is “may” — this is something that is possible, and maybe even probable, but not an absolute rule.
So here’s the chart:
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