Turkish Pronunciation

Learn how to pronounce Turkish

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Turkish Pronunciation

car  ı  cousin  role (rolled) 
big  tea  sun 
jam  Jean d’Arc  ş  shine 
ç  charm  kid  time 
do  lake  wood 
ever  mine  ü  fruit 
fight  nine  van 
gate  grow  yard 
ğ  see below.  ö  first  zoo 
harp  push 

Turkish is a very phonetic language, so pronunciation is very easy. Most words are pronounced exactly as they are spelled.

ü is exactly pronounced like “u” in French, like “tu”.

ğ is in most cases a silent letter. It has a unique sound to it when pronounced separately. (The closest would be the “r” sound in French, but ğ is not a guttural letter.)

Today, ğ is used:

1. as a vowel lengthener, that is, it lengthens the vowel that precedes it.

Dağ (“da:”) “mountain”

Ağlamak (“a:lamak”) “to cry”

Ağaç (“a:ch”) “tree”

2. in the middle of two vowels to connect them.

Eğilmek “to stoop”, eğitim “education”.


ı is pronounced like the “e” sound of “kommen” in German. It is an undotted i in appearance.

is pronounced like the “qua” sound in “quatre” in French.

is pronounced in a similar way, similar to “gare” in French.

is pronounced like the “la” sound in French.




Turkish Phrases, Vocabulary and Grammar

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