Trouble with pronunciating words containing ğ.
I've made it roughly 30% of the way through the turkish course (from english). So far, I've never had any trouble getting the pronunciation questions right, but I'm starting to notice that I quite consistently never pronounce any word that uses the ğ, such as soğuk. I've read into how it's mostly just a silent letter but that it also is used for distinguishing certain words (ağrı vs arı). I was just wondering if anyone had any tips on getting duolingo to register the correct pronunciation, because I have a turkish friend who says I'm saying most of these words correctly.
I dont know how you pronounce words with ğ in it. But once a friend trying to learn Turkish has told me that she has been told to double spell the previous letter when she sees ğ. That may work on most words. But it's just an easy way for the starters. Try this video below. Its obviously for kids but meh. I don't think you can find alphabet teaching materials for adults.
it's a super soft French R ;-) in Azeri they pronounce it much heavier and deeper.
"Ğ/ğ" only occurs after vowels, so it can't occur at the beginning of words. It is the voiced form of "k," which means that anytime a vowel comes before "k," the k mutates to ğ.
It has close to no sound. In fact, in most dialects, it only serves to lengthen the previous vowel sound. However, in dialects where it has a sound, it is known as a "voiced velar approximate". This means that, in order to pronounce it, you raise the back of your tongue to a position close to the back of the your mouth, where it would normally touch if you were saying "k".
When speaking, this will sound like a slight sound fluctuation in an otherwise lengthened vowel sound.