How to pronounce Kyrgyzstan?

The pronunciation of “Kyrgyzstan” can be tricky, especially for non-native English speakers. Here are two ways to pronounce it:

English pronunciation:

  • kyr-GIHS-tan: This is the most common pronunciation in English.
  • kur-gi-STAHN: This is a more Anglicized pronunciation.

Native pronunciation:

  • qɯrʁɯsˈstɑn: This is the closest pronunciation to the Kyrgyz language. The “q” is a voiceless uvular stop, not like the “k” in English. The “ɯ” is a close back unrounded vowel, not like any vowel in English. The “ʁ” is a voiced uvular fricative, like the “g” in the Scottish word “loch.”

Here is one the video you can listen how local people pronounce


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