Thursday, January 26, 2012

Turkish - Different From Other Languages

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Turkish being from a completely different language group from English definitely makes it a challenge for anyone with an Indo-European background to learn. I got a few Turkish textbooks, all of which are in Turkish, so I have to plug in lots of words into the dictionary to understand all of what is being said, the textbooks "Yeni Hitit" , "Adam Adam Türkçe" and "Türkçe Öğreniyoruz" which is a book of dialogs, and vocabulary lists. The language consists of Arabic, Persian, French and ever since the Turkish Language Revolution, the native language is now made up of 86% of the total language. I usually will use two or three books in one day, make around 50 flash cards a day, the chapters in the main book I'm using called Yeni Hitit have dialogs, exercises with and without grammar, and reading passages all of which are in Turkish, it's pretty good for someone with a background in basic Turkish. 

The teach yourself beginner's, and regular Turkish books aren't too bad, and colloquial Turkish is really good. Recently however, I started studying through songs, that way I could get a glimpse of people talking real time through music, popular language, music, and learn about the culture somewhat through music as well, it's a fantastic way of learning, not only does it improve your listening really fast, but if you learn the songs really well you can learn expressions, sing with the songs, which will make your speaking and confidence boost really high

. Turkish's grammar is very structure and regular, it is one of the most regular languages in the world according to linguists, not many irregular verbs, strange phenomenons, etc, but during the language revolution there was a lot of borrowing from old Turkish, and other Turkic languages, the particles, and when attached to other words, the meanings of them are really interesting, and new ones are still being made to this day! That's how I'm learning, probably one of the most interesting languages in the world, and that's why I'm learning.

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