Tim wrote:Thank, yes it does feel awkward to pronounce the g+n together.
Your post is very helpful.
After a while, it won't feel strange to you anymore. I find no problem gn or kn or ps at the beginning of a word now. When I first started Hebrew, I had such trouble with kn! We have the words knisah (כניסה "entrance"), Knesset (כנסת "Parliament"), knas (כנס "fine, ticket, report") and knesiyah (כנסייה "church") in addition to strange combinations of kv like κvisah (כביסה "laundry"). There are loads of consonant clusters allowed in Hebrew that we disallow in English (even bg and odd things like that).
The more you expose yourself to the language, the easier it will be to handle the oddities and even absorb them into your mind as "possibilities." The first time I saw Knesset spelled in English letters, I had no idea how to say it!