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Pronunciation - silly question

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Pronunciation - silly question

Hello everyone,

I've got a very silly question that I've been longing to ask for a very long time now.

How should "Istanbul" be pronunciated?

Is it ìstanbul (with stress on the "I") or Istànbul (with stress on the "a")?

I remember that I heard everyone in Italy saying ìstanbul till 10 years ago, but in recent years I'm hearing more and more people saying Istànbul (they're probably about 50% now), so I've started being puzzled about the correct pronunciation.

(Mis-pronunciation and stress-changing of foreign words and names is a really bad habit of news readers on Italian TV, and it consequently affects common people).

I suppose that the new habit is more correct, as so many people have bothered to switch to it, but that's not something to be taken for granted!!

Thanks in advance to anyone who will reply (I don't really want to make mistakes when I'm there!)

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1. Re: Pronunciation - silly question

Hi Dotting,

Visit this link: http://www.seslisozluk.com

Write "istanbul" in the search box.

Click "register now" to listen pronounciation. It's free.

Click "play" in the "Turkish Translation" part to listen original pronounciation.

Hope this helps, Alper

http://locallypera.blogspot.com

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Plus, we dont have the same type of stressing on certain letters, as exists in Italy. Our pronanciation is pretty straightforward, only with a very limited amount of exceptions, (in terms of stressing a certain letter or syllable). And you dont have to worry about pronounciation really, people here, when they realize you are making effort, they become very happy and try to help you in any way. Its not like certain other nations that I know. We really do appreciate foreigners trying to speak our language.

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3. Re: Pronunciation - silly question

Hi Alper and Murat,

thanks to both of you for your replies; so it seems it's not as plain as I thought.

Well, I'll be glad to ask someone in Turkey and listen directly from them, then.

I'm really looking forward to my trip to Istanbul, especially after learning from so many posts on this forum how friendly and helpful the Turks are; I' m sure I'll have a very pleasant stay there.

To Murat: "Its not like certain other nations that I know":

I bet that's France, right? ;-)

Bye!

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4. Re: Pronunciation - silly question

Hi Dottlng, YOU said it not me!

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5. Re: Pronunciation - silly question

Hi Dotting,

I would like to tell how I hear the word istanbul pronounced by the Turkish

Almost swallow the 'i' followed by a loud 'Stan' (stress here, not sure whether they say 'n' or 'm') and then 'bul'.

This might have its reasons, look here:

answers.com/topic/istanbul-stambul-stamboul-…

Happy day all!

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6. Re: Pronunciation - silly question

Hi VR,

thanks a lot for the very detailed description and for the very interesting link!

I really appreciate all your help.

Bye!

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7. Re: Pronunciation - silly question

I've checked the website suggested by Alper, registered and listened; it was very helpful and indeed funny!

Now everything is clear.

Thanks again Alper!

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