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Turkish Language Pronunciation Guide
A, B, C, D, E, F, G...H, I, J, K, ell-em-en-opee...!
Our feeble attempt
Pronouncing the Turkish Alphabet -- for Yanks
|Letter||Türkçe Telaffuz (Turkish Pronunciation)||American-English Pronunciation|
(These tips actually work, if you try 'em.
Really they do...)
But if you're in search of Native Turkish pronunciation, your prayers are answered --
on the The Spoken Turkish Alphabet page...
|A a||a||as the o in Godawful...|
|B b||be||as the b's in Bed 'n breakfast...|
|C c||ce||as the j in Will you please stop jading my balldiser!|
|Ç ç||çe||as the Ch in Chesty Starbuck, ma hero...|
|D d||de||as the D in De don't make'm like de yusta...|
|E e||e||as the first a in Lay you down beside the still waters...|
|F f||fe||as the f in Well, fancy that!|
|G g||ge||as the G in Getoutta here!|
|Ğ ğ||Yumuşak G||This letter is soundless. It's purpose is to elongate the nearest preceding vowel. As a capital letter, it is only seen in words that have been written in all capital letters -- such as company names. And -- when written in upper or lower case -- it never starts a word.|
|H h||he, ahsh||as the H's in Hurry up Humbert, I can't wait all day...
[Will the real Lolita please lie down?]
|I ı||ı||more like the second i in Luscious Lips...|
|İ i||i||as the first two i's in |
Don' want no stinkin' pronunciation guide...
|J j||je||as the s in It's a pleasure to meet ya'...|
|K k||ke, ka||as the c in A case of beer and thou...|
|L l||le||as the L's in Labyrinth of Lies|
|M m||me||as the m's in the The merry month of May...|
|N n||ne||as the n's in Never say never, never say always...
|O o||o||as the O in Oh, Yeah? Sez who?|
|Ö ö||ö||as the ö in Die Götterdämmerung|
|P p||pe||as the P in Prestidigitator...|
|R r||re||as the R in Risky Business!|
|S s||se||as the S in So you're new to IRC, eh?|
|Ş ş||ş||as the sh's in Shazam, sheriff!|
|T t||te||as the T in Tie 'er down, boys. She's headin' for the barn!|
|U u||u||as in the second set of double oo's in Flat foot floozy... You're wrong if you think we just dated ourselves. We couldn't be that old and still be writing this. We're just well-read.|
|Ü ü||ü||as the U in I'm SO conFUSED...|
|V v||ve||you'll find the right sound somewhere between the V in Virginity and the W in Wedlock...|
|Y y||ye||as the y in Do ye wanna dance...?|
|Z z||ze||as the z in She shot me her best zinger!|
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Pronouncing the Turkish Alphabet -- for Brits, Aussies, n' Kiwis...
Our Australian friend Phil sent us a message
letting us know that American-pronunciation of Turkish
has certain limitations.
[Actually he's not the first to point that out, but we've been dodging the truth...]
So, we asked him to prove it!
And, he did!
|"Real" English Pronunciation|
(If you're in search of Native Turkish pronunciation, your prayers are answered --
on the The Spoken Turkish Alphabet page...)
|A a||a||as the a in the French avoir -- somewhere between the u of sun and the a of father. Not as long as the a in Pa...|
|B b||be||as the b's in Buttered bread is best...|
|C c||ce||as the j sound in jam, and That jockey is a joker!|
|Ç ç||çe||as the ch in church.|
|D d||de||as the d in Deadly and dangerous...|
|E e||e||as the short e sound in Ready, get set...|
|F f||fe||as the f 's in Fowl feathered friends... or should that be foul feathered friends?|
|G g||ge||as the g in Go get gaiters...|
|Ğ ğ||Yumuşak G (soft g)||This letter is soundless. It's purpose is to elongate the nearest preceding vowel. As a capital letter, it is only seen in words that have been written in all capital letters -- such as company names. And when written in upper or lower case it never starts a word.|
|H h||he||as the h in Hang on -- help is on the way...|
|I ı||ı||as e in glasses, or the a in serial. Try spreading the lips to say easy then say cushion -- this gives the Turkish word kışın; in the season of winter...|
|İ i||i||as the short i sound in hit, kit, bit, sit...|
|J j||je||as the s in treasure, and measure for measure...|
|K k||ke, ka||as the c and the k in a couple of kittens...|
|L l||le||as the l 's in lot's of lovin'|
|M m||me||as the m 's in Mary Martin|
|N n||ne||as the n 's in Not nice, Nellie, not the ng sound of pink...
|O o||o||as the Oh in the French Oh la la! -- like the short English o in You're a hotshot, Scott!|
|Ö ö||ö||as the 'oe' sound in Goethe, or the ir in bird -- the English word dirt is very close to the Turkish word for four -- dört|
|P p||pe||as the p 's in Pretty in pink...|
|R r||re||as the r 's in Red Rooster...|
|S s||se||as the s in So long, Sam...|
|Ş ş||ş||as the sh 's in Short Sweet Sherry...|
|T t||te||as the English t in tongue, but with the tip of the tongue behind the front teeth rather than at the top of the mouth.|
|U u||u||as the u in put or the oo in foot, not like the u in butter...|
|Ü ü||ü||like the ü in Führer, or the French u in tu. Say itch with rounded lips (really rounded as if to say 'oo') and you have the Turkish word for three - üç.|
|V v||ve||as the v 's in very vexed virgin -- except that it is sometimes much softer than the English v, especially between vowels...so that tavuk; chicken is almost pronounced tawuk.|
|Y y||ye||as the y 's in Yes, it's yellow...|
|Z z||ze||as the z in zip|
Rule one: Be careful about pronunciation of the consonant combinations ph, sh, and th.
For example, ph in müphem; vague is pronounced as in our flophouse;
sh in ishal diarrhea as in our glasshouse;
and th in ithal; imported as in our cathouse.
Also, notice how Turks -- when speaking English -- have a tendency
As an additional note of interest, observe that Turks can't naturally pronounce th --
When the n-letter appears in a Turkish word or phrase
followed by the b-letter,
then the n-letter is pronounced
like the m-letter
[by native Turkish speakers].
but it's pronounced İstambul (Ees-tahm-bool)
by native Turks...
but it's pronounced om beş (ohm behsh)
in the streets of Ees-tahm-bool...
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