Whether you are moving to Turkey for work or you just want to learn the Turkish culture, leaning Turkish enables you to join growing number of over 75 million people who speak the language. What’s more, the language is not only spoken in Turkey, but it’s also spoken in some parts of Cyprus, Germany, Bulgaria, Greece and Macedonia.
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But what does it take to learn and fluently communicate in Turkish? Is the language hard to learn for English speakers? What are your learning options? Read on!
1. The Basics
According to an article published by Business Insider Australia, Afrikaans, French and Spanish are some of the easiest languages to learn. Unsurprisingly, Turkish doesn’t feature in the list. This could mean that the language is fairly hard to grasp, so prepare yourself adequately. In particular, mastering Turkish verbs can prove to be very challenging because they come at the end of sentences.
On the brighter side, pronouncing words in Turkish is easier, since each letter in a word is pronounced! This is unlike the English language, where some letters are silent.
2. Visit Turkey (Immersion Method)
How about learning Turkish from the most natural speakers of the language? Well, that is what you get when you visit Turkey (or any other country that is home to Turkish speakers). If you choose this option, then you should live in a city or town that will give you the best opportunity to interact with the locals. Some of the best cities include Istanbul, Ankara, Adana and Konya. Since this method can take you a long-time to learn, it is advisable to supplement by regularly reading Turkish books and listening to Turkish songs.
One huge benefit of acquiring the language from the Turks is that you also get to learn other aspects of their culture such as lifestyle, clothing and music. It is also the quickest way to learn.
3. Follow The College Route
If you want to pursue a career as a professional interpreter or translator, or you want to acquire a qualification that shows you have learnt the Turkish language, then it is best to enroll in a college and pursue a Turkish course. Some of the universities that teach the language include:
The type of Turkish courses offered in these universities range from summer programs to full-time undergraduate and graduate courses.
4. Use Online Resources
Have a tight budget? Then you can find learning Turkish online a convenient option for you. All you need to do is find a provider who meets your needs, and start taking the lessons. As a beginner, you will start by pronouncing letters of the Turkish alphabet, followed by grammar essentials (vowel harmony, consonant changes, personal pronouns, prefixes and suffixes), and grammar tenses.
Here are some web-based providers that offer free lessons:
- Turkishclass.com– Publishes lessons on the website and learners can only interact with each other via comments.
- Babbel.com - Supported by the European Regional Development Fund, Babbel delivers courses through its website and also through an application. Some classes are free, others are paid.
- Totally-Turkish.com - Suitable for people who to learn basic Turkish for short travel purposes.
There are also paid online classes that are cheaper than pursuing a college course. Here, you will likely be taught by a professional tutor through Skype or a similar platform. Providers of paid lessons include:
- Verbalplanet.com - Charges at most $22 per lesson and you have the freedom to choose your own tutor.
- Turkishcampus.com – Charges $27.50 per lessons. Its classes are designed to meet the needs of people who want to learn Turkish at various levels, including beginner, intermediate, advanced and specialized.
As you embark on your journey to learn Turkish, remember you are taking a step that could potentially open doors to various job opportunities. Enjoy the language and iyi şanslar (goodluck)!