Turkish

For this week's Mango Monday we will present Turkish.

Turkish is spoken by 70 million speakers in Turkey and in the various other locations scattered throughout Europe. Mango describes the fun of learning Turkish as:

The most widely spoken of the Turkish languages, Türkçe is the predominant language of one of the oldest settled regions in the world. From the coastal plains of Anatolia to the peaks of Mount Ararat, Turkey’s sweeping landscapes offer a new surprise at every turn. Get lost in the storied past of Turkey’s long history, or dive into the region’s thriving modern-day culture. Strike a deal for Turkish treasures at Istanbul’s Grand Market, or hike in Cappadocia amidst the ancient carved-out tunnel systems and dusty orange skies. Whether you’re looking to share a cup of coffee with a friendly local or conquer the Caves of Heaven and Hell, your next adventure awaits in Turkey.

As a language, Turkish has a few different features that will be familiar to the language learner. It uses vowel harmony, a concept also found in Finnish, Hungarian and Estonian. The grammar uses subject-object-verb construction, just like Japanese does. For example, in English we would say, "I see the ball," but in this language it would be, "I the ball see." Those may seem a bit odd to the native English speaker at first, but it's easy to pick up with Mango's color grammar and emphasis on speaking. Another nice thing about modern Turkish is that the language uses the same Latin script that we read as English speakers, though Turkish does have a few additional letters. The letters i and ı (with and without dot) are separate letters in Turkish with different sounds.

All conversational languages give you different language skills and situations to practice (Making Friends, Shopping, etc). Here is the first lesson about introductions you can learn from Chapter 2: Do You Speak English.

  • Excuse me. Do you know English? Pardon. İngilizce biliyor musunuz?
  • No, I'm sorry. I don't know English. Hayır, üzgünüm. İngilizce bilmiyorum.
  • Do you know Turkish? Türkçe biliyor musunuz?
  • Yes, I know a little. Evet, biraz biliyorum.
  • Really? Where are you from? Öyle mi? Nerelisiniz?
  • I'm from America. Amerikalıyım.

Turkish is available through both Mango Languages and Pronunciator. Each language product has different interfaces, and some will work better for you depending on what you want to get out of your language experience. Don't forget to take advantage of each product's mobile apps for language learning on the go!

Next Monday we will be back with a new language you can teach yourself with resources from your library.