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How does 'ğ' is pronounced?

I could not understand that how does 'ğ' is pronounced. It sounds to me mostly like 'ع' of Arabic.

June 17, 2015



The ğ is more like a very very light غ in Arabic, not the ع. When looking at the Ottoman Turkish equivalent of modern Turkish words that use ğ, you will find that they are often written using the غ. For example:

ağaç = آغاچ

yağmur = ياغمور

soğuk = صوغوق

bağlamak = باغلامق


Thanks for guiding.


It is not exactly same 'ع'. I want to explain; when you see a 'ğ' in the word you can say without 'ğ', for example "Ağaç = Aaç". Also you can extend previously character like that "Yağmur = Yaamur", "Beğenmek = Beenmek".


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/.


I think I have to learn this. Thanks for your help.


Is there a ghost of a "w" after "o" and "u"? E.g. "Erdoğan" to "Erdowan", "çocukluğu" to "çocukluwu"?


Maybe in certain dialects? I don't produce a w in those instances.


I believe the ğ is silent. This website may be useful for you. http://www.turkishlanguage.co.uk/


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!


Yes you are totally right. Here in my country everyone calls him 'اردوگان' (Erdogan), but its wrong. :)


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.


Just draw out the sound of the letter that precedes the ğ.


It's silent but it sort of is like a pronounced silence, or like a drawn out one. Look at Erdoğan's name. It looks like ER-DO-GAN but it is really ER-DO-AN. So basically Silent.


It is quite similar to the "gn" in Italian, if you've ever studied italian.


it certainly is not.


If you want to compare it to Italian, It's like the "h". Both are silent. ;p

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