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\"E\" - different sound in different words
1.       aurum
80 posts
 22 Jul 2015 Wed 07:18 pm

Merhaba herkese,

I have a question about the sound of the letter "e". I noticed that it is pronounced differently in different words and positions. There are at least two ways of pronouncing the letter "e", and I call them open and closed "e" vowel sounds. So, let me give you some examples. Compare the sound of the letter "e" in the following words:

ben vs. benim

her vs. ev

neden vs. çiçek

 

Now you should now what I am talking about. I was wondering if you could give me a list of some of the most common words with the open "e" sound. Also, are there any other suffixes like "-den" that are always pronounced with the open "e" sound? How about the suffix "-ken"? Thank you so much!

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2.       gugukkusu
126 posts
 22 Jul 2015 Wed 08:02 pm

You´re right there are two types of e´s in Turkish. It´s impossible to make such a list, though. There are just too many words. As far as I know, there is no site for Turkish phonetic transcriptions, but you can listen to the pronunciation of a word on Google translate I think.

3.       aurum
80 posts
 22 Jul 2015 Wed 08:11 pm

I understand what you mean. I was just hoping for a small list comprising 15-20 most commonly used words or suffixes that use the open pronunciation. Thank you for your answer anyway! I guess I will just have to pay better attention to spoken Turkish on TV and I could also listen to individual words on Forvo (a website where native speakers record themselves pronouncing words)

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4.       Faruk
1607 posts
 22 Jul 2015 Wed 10:12 pm

Merhaba Aurum,

 

If you noticed, open e sound is found in one syllable words, and the words that has same type of vowels in other syllables. 

 

Maybe this will help

 

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5.       aurum
80 posts
 23 Jul 2015 Thu 12:50 pm

Thank you.

6.       srhat
36 posts
 02 Aug 2015 Sun 12:47 am

This rule should be applicable to most situations: 

  • pronounce e as open when it appears before consonants "r, l, m, n" which are not followed by a vowel.

examples: 

gerçek (first e open second closed)

genel (first e closed second e open)

(writing from mobile therefore couldnt adjust font size)



Edited (8/2/2015) by srhat

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7.       aurum
80 posts
 02 Aug 2015 Sun 01:36 am

 

Quoting srhat

This rule should be applicable to most situations: 

  • pronounce e as open when it appears before consonants "r, l, m, n" which are not followed by a vowel.

examples: 

gerçek (first e open second closed)

genel (first e closed second e open)

(writing from mobile therefore couldnt adjust font size)

 

This is extremely helpful, thank you ever so much! 

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