Your native language
What is your native language? Does it helps you learning Turkish?
My native language is Hungarian, and now I realise, that there are many similarities with the Turkish. For example, a sentence: Cebimde çok küçük elma var - Zsebemben sok kicsi alma van (means: There are a lot of small apples in my pocket.) The pronunciation is almost, but the meaning is exactly the same. Or other similar words: arpa - árpa (barley), balta - balta (ax), kapi - kapu (gate), sakal - szakáll (beard), deve - teve (camel) ...
One third of the territories of Hungary was also occupied by the Ottoman Empire for 150 years, but there are also older connections between the two languages. So Hungarian helps me a lot in Turkish.