Monday, June 18, 2012

Turkish pronounciation

First, I brought you a note on pronounciating words in Thai, Lao, Khmer, and Vietnamese. Today I bring you the Turkish version.

Turkish uses a Roman alphabet. It has 28 letters: 8 vowels and 21 consonants.

Now for where the difference is with the English language letter pronounciation.

First off, every letter is pronounced.


C sounds like 'j' like jam.
   Ex: Names like Canan, Cem, Can are respectively Janan, Jem, Jan (more like Jahn)

Ç sounds like 'ch' like chair.
  Ex: Çok means 'so' or 'very' and ıs pronounced chok.

Ğ does not have a sound, it elongates the letter preceding it.
  Ex: The name Buğra is pronounced Booooora.

I/ı sounds like 'uh' like 'Make 'em say uhhh, uhhh. Na na na na.
  Ex: Hayır means no and is pronounced h-EYE-uhr. 

Ö sounds lıke 'ur' like further.
  Ex: The name Özge is pronounced 'Urzge' kind of but not so much r and a slight o before the u...

Ş sounds lıke 'sh' like shank.
  Ex: Şerefe means cheers and is pronounced 'Sheh-reh-feh'.

Ü sounds lıke 'ew' like in 'few'.
   Ex: Lütfen means thank you and is pronounced 'Lewt-fen'.

That is all I can give you, friends.

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