I was in a German class (reading (ie translating) for my PhD. It was not required that you know the language, just that you were able to translate the written. However, the professor insisted that we do a lot of the reading out loud (never mind translating). I had to read a sentence that included the word "ranger". I apparently mispronounced it and the teacher said "the 'g' sound was like in 'finger' not 'singer' (possibly the other way around). And I said "it's the same sound" and he said no and asked if anyone else in the class thought they sounded the same. Just me!!! I decided to stop pronouncing the German "ranger" with a soft g (ran-jer) and pronounce it with a hard g (rang-er) (the by-product of which changed the "a" sound as well). Apparently, that's what he wanted, since I didn't get corrected again. Does that explain why I'm in the Barry=Berry camp?