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Right Pronunciation Of The Turkish 'r'


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#1 saffron

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Posted 05 March 2011 - 03:52 PM

The pronunciation of the consonant 'r' is the same regardless of its position in the word. Unlike English, it's the same even if the word ends with an 'r'. This is important, because, 'r'is an important consonant to hear and understand the Turkish words, in particular some suffixes, properly. For example, if you conjugate a verb with 'yor' like in 'geliyor' = 's/he is coming',as you say the word 'war', the 'r' will not be heard as it is supposed to be.This short list maybe helpful for a comparasion..rı: like renew as pronounced in American English. Arı: bee; sarı: yellow; kırmızı: redri: like in 'reality'. Erimiş: melted; iri: big; birlik: unityru: roof . Oruç: fasting; vurmak: to hit; to shootro: roll. Roman: novel; orman: forestre: rake. Reçel: jam; ergin: mature; er: soldierra: when 'a' is long, like some words of Arabic an Persian origin, like 'rather'. 'Razı': one who gives consent (rıza: consent). With short 'a': rakı: rakı'rö' can be found in the words of French origin, like 'rönesans'. However, 'ör' can be found in Turkish words, like örnek: example, sample ; örmek: to knit'rü' can be found in the words of Arabic or Persian origin, like 'rüya' : dream. 'Ür', however, can be found in Turkish words like 'ürkütücü' ; frightening (ürkütmek: to frighten)

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Posted 05 March 2011 - 06:23 PM

Thank you Saffron. You will make us Turkish speakers yet! :D

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Posted 05 March 2011 - 07:05 PM

Thank you Saffron I'm finding all the lessons you give very useful :)

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Posted 06 March 2011 - 06:56 PM

You're very welcome! :birgits_takk[1]: