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3.2 Pronunciation

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Unlike English, Turkish pronunciation is very regular. Once you know how to produce the sounds, you are able to pronounce words.

One thing to bear in mind is that every letter is pronounced in Turkish. In English we are used to pronouncing some letter combinations as one sound - for example t and h in "thanks", p and h in "graph" and s and h in "ship". This does not happen in Turkish. For example, the Turkish name Mithat is pronounced meet-hat, NOT me-that. That 'th' in the middle is not an English 'th'. Likewise, the Istanbul neighbourhood Tophane is pronounced as top-ha-nay rather than to-fane.

Have a look at the pronunciation rules on the Wittistanbul site for a few tips and a recap of some of the more difficult sounds.

Now let's see how you're getting on pronouncing these words. Have a go first, then click on the play button to check if you got it right:

moon

fish

chick

glasses

 

mountain

light

ay (moon) balık (fish) civciv (chick) gözlük (glasses) dağ (mountain) ışık (light)

lemon

 

grandma student radio airplane bell
limon (lemon) nine (grandma) öğrenci (student) radyo (radio) uçak (plane) zil (bell)

Want to try a few more? Have a look at Forvo, a site which collects words pronounced by native speakers.

 

That's it for today - well done. See you next time.

good bye in turkish