Macedonian Pronunciation Guide

By Dick Oakes


A a, B b, C c, Ć ć, Č č, D d, Dz dz, Dž dž, E e, F f, G g,
Ǵ ǵ, H h, I i, J j, K k, Ḱ ḱ, L l, Lj lj, M m, N n, Nj nj, O o, P p,
R r, S s, Š š, T t, U u, V v,
Z z, Ž ž


Macedonian has 31 characters and, like Bulgarian, uses the "Ćirilica" (Cyrillic alphabet). It is similar enough to Serbo-Croatian that, for our purposes, Ćirilica has been transliterated into "Latinica" (Latin alphabet), the official Slavic phonetical Latin alphabet proclaimed at the La Haye Slavistic Conference in 1955. For the transliteration of Macedonian, two different sounds are utilized with the addition of diacritical marks (Ć, ć and Ḱ, ḱ).

Macedonian is a South Slavic language spoken as a first language by approximately 3 million people.

Letters not listed below are pronounced approximately as in English.


A, a  - a as in father
E, e  - e as in let; sometimes like ye in yes
I, i  - i as in machine
O, o  - o as in gone, sometimes like o as in note
U, u  - u as in duke
 
C, c  - c as in dance
Ć, ć  - short tcu as in not cured*
Č, č  - c as in cello
 
Dz, dz  - dg as in adze
Dž, dž  - dg as in edge
G, g  - g as in go
Ǵ, ǵ   - short gu as in argue*
H, h  - ch (gutteral kh) as in loch
J, j  - y as in yes
Ḱ, ḱ   - short tcu as in not cured*
Lj, lj  - ly as in halyard
Nj, nj  - ny as in canyon
R, r  - r as in run
Š, š  - s as in sugar
Ž, ž  - z as in azure


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