Azerbaijani Pronunciation Guide for American English Speakers

Pronouncing the Azerbaijani alphabet is pretty easy. In the past century, the alphabet has been changed three times - and you can still find a few examples of the Azeri Cyrillicalphabet. A - The "a" sound: Arm

B - Blog

C - The hard "j" sound: Jump

Ç - The "ch" sound: Champ

D - Dam

E - Edible

Ə - Most guides say "a" as in travel cat, but I get away with pronouncing it more like an "e" as in get - it is likely somewhere between the two.

F - Flattery

G - Gopher, never a "j" sound.

Ğ - No similar sound in English, slightly guttural and similar to a French "r" in pardon. In my opinion, it sounds a bit like you swallowed a "g" and an "r" - most English speakers just pronounce it as a "g."

H - Hat

X - No English equivalent. A bit guttural, with a "k" and and "h" sound lower in your throat. Sounds a tiny bit like a growl, but much softer. English speakers often pronounce it just as "h."

I - Blimp

İ - Like the "ea" in Meat

J - Like the "j" in Déjà vu, or the "su" in pleasure.

K - Somewhere between "k" and a "ch" sound, the "ch" is often more pronounced in the Baku region.

Q - In between a very hard "g" and a "k" - English speakers can get away with pronouncing it as either.

L - Lamb

M - Mutton

N - Nap

O - Omniglot

Ö -  Port, hole. It is difficult to hear the difference between the two "o" sounds at first.

P - Plane

R - Rain, often pronounced with a bit more of a roll

S - Sun

Ş - The "sh" sound: Shine

T - Train

U - Put

Ü - Dupe

V - Vagabond

Y - Yokel

Z - Zeal

Dustin Stoltz