Pronunciation Of The Name “Bulgaria”
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Bulgaria – For this name: the “u” is pronounced as a true-schwa; the “g” is hard; the “a” is a Long “A” / Short “I” Diphthong (this is due to the placement of the letter “r” directly after it); the “i” is pronounced like the long letter “e”; there is a phantom consonant letter “y” in-between the “i” and the “a” (this is a product of the transition from one vowel sound to the next); and the final “a” is pronounced as a u-schwa.
– /bəl-GAYR-ee-yuh/ – /bəl.ˈgeɪɹ.iː.jə(ʌ)/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable –