Guide to pronouncing Mesut Ozil [divider]
The name Mesut means fortunate, prosperous or happy and is pretty straightforward to say, Mes-ut with the u like the sound in put.
Turkish is a phonetic language so it is easy to pronounce the words correctly once you know the sounds but therein lies the problem – the Ö.
The Ö sound is pretty odd to English speakers, it sounds like the ir in bird. Özil is actually a compound of two words, Öz which means real, authentic or original and İl which means province or county.
Together however, it takes on another meaning. Özil means ‘a true native/local’.
Özil is therefore pronounced Ir-zil (using the ir sound in bird for the Ö). The i in the il sounds similar to the i sound in sit.
There you have it, a prosperous true local. Turkish names often have literal meanings which can leave you wondering if google translate has malfunctioned.
For example if you translate a Turkish article about Fenerbahçe do not be alarmed to read that there is a Volcano on the pitch and a goalkeeper with Ironhands, it is just Volkan Demirel. Galatasaray have Hamit (Goldenballs) Altıntop and the Skylord himself Gökhan Töre plays for Beşiktaş.