How does 'ğ' is pronounced?
I could not understand that how does 'ğ' is pronounced. It sounds to me mostly like 'ع' of Arabic.
When it comes between two identical vowels, as in 'beğenmek", to me it sounds like the merest ghost of a 'y' sound: 'be(y)enmek'? Turkish speakers, am I imagining this?
I have always been amused by the fact that the French picked up the sounds of 'yoğurt' and rendered it phonetically in French as 'yaourt', while the English picked up the spelling without appreciating the silent g and called it yogurt/yoghurt.
Regarding your first sentence; yes, but only with "e", "i", "ö", "ü". leğen → /leyen/, siğil → /siyil/, düğün → /düyün/ or even in the combinations: değil → /deyil -- diyil/, söğüt → /söyüt/.
But with "a", "ı", "o", "u", there is no "y" sound. Ağaç is really just "aaç", and the verbs "ağarmak" and "ağrımak", for example, are pronounced the same in present tense: ağarıyor / ağrıyor → /aarıyor/.
Foreign newsreaders ought to know how to pronounce the name of the president by now, but some still get it wrong. You can listen to it here https://tr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recep_Tayyip_Erdo%C4%9Fan If you are a newsreader please keep repeating it until a native speaker tells you you are right. I hope in future I will be able to vote for the return of President Rose!
I don't think it is always silent as in the case of ağaç which is pronounced as "aaç" or as in the case of my name uğur "uur":) why i oppose to that idea is the reason that if we want to say "sağlık" we do not say "salık", we say it that way: "saalık". or for example kağnı is pronounced as "kaanı".
so, we can say that if "ğ" is between two vowels it is silent, but if it comes before a consonant it extends the previous vowel.