https://www.duolingo.com/Luis

Another speed record: English from Turkish is now in Beta!

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After only 42 days, Barış Obdan, Selcen Öztürk, Gülbin Yaşar, and Cansu Gör have completed the course to learn English from Turkish. We're impressed by the Turkish team's speed and determination, and hope that you join me in congratulating them.

This is the third course to enter beta this month, and one that expands the boundaries of the types of languages we have in Duolingo. As many of us learned this week in another forum thread, Turkish is mildly related to Japanese and originated in Mongolia, but it belongs to the Turkic family of languages, which includes most of the languages of Central Asia.

We've looked at the course ourselves, and it seems really awesome. Of course, as with all new courses, there are bound to be small issues such as some correct answers not yet being accepted. Indeed, the reason we first launch them as beta is precisely to have real people test them to iron out all the details.

Keyfini çıkarın!

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/ProwlingParis
ProwlingParis
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GOT TO GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT!!! :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kirlll
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Congratulations! Awesome work Turkish team, looking forward to the reverse as well!

42 days! There's a Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy joke in there somewhere! =)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ProwlingParis
ProwlingParis
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Maybe all the completion speeds will converge around our 42, like the center of the universe, but won't be able to get close enough to touch it (from either direction) due to the gravitational push...or something =))

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/oskalingo
oskalingo
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42 days? "Ain't nobody got time for that!"

Gratz, team Turk!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ProwlingParis
ProwlingParis
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And the entire time I had been living off of 'Oh Lord Jesus It's a Fire!" bbq sauce and homemade IVs.

http://www.sweetbrownfoods.com/

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jack.Elliot
Jack.Elliot
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Harika. Ben bir kez Kore'ye giderken İstanbul'da biraz zaman geçirdim.Otel ve çevredeki Türk halkı, samimi, kibar ve güzel. Ben bir gün dönecektir ... Sizin Türk dilinin bakmadan önce biraz zaman olacağını bu yüzden Hollanda yeni bir ders çalışıyorum .. , Tebrikler etkileyici hızda hayran

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ProwlingParis
ProwlingParis
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Hocam ben de senin Türkçe becerine hayran! :-D Hangi jenerasyonsun? Kore Savaşı'na mı gidiyodun?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jack.Elliot
Jack.Elliot
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Ben İskoç ve ben Japonya, Hong Kong ve Kore'de yapılacak şeyler vardı

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ProwlingParis
ProwlingParis
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Anladım ;-) Oralarda yapılacak işler çok...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jack.Elliot
Jack.Elliot
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Evet çok şeyler .. Ilginç yemek, dans ve müzik ve drama ve tiyatro ile şiir gibi ..

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ViArSkoldpaddor

Congrats! I honestly don't know whether to wish that you'd finish that turkish-from-english course soon (like, NOW :-) as well, or to wish that you guys slow down so that I can finish my spanish first (and maybe help the russian team a little with their Beta in the meantime...)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ProwlingParis
ProwlingParis
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You basically have ~2 months to finish your tree then. After that, you are ours :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TimKeegstra
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If that's the case, I will drop French immediately. Always wanted to learn Turkish

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ProwlingParis
ProwlingParis
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I am legitimately interested in your reasons. Can you articulate, to the best of your ability, where this desire and motivation is coming from? Knowing why could always help us who are creating the course, you know.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ViArSkoldpaddor

Can only speak for myself, but my main reason is to extend my ability to understand things around me. I have lived in Berlin for a long time and have friends there that I visit regularly. That may sound like a strange reason to learn Turkish, but Berlin happens to be in the top 20 of the largest Turkish cities worldwide, Turkey itself included (and you guys have some large cities compared to most of Europe.)

So for me, mainly understanding and communication in spoken Turkish is what I am aiming at, like, say, smalltalk with my favorite hair dresser. Though it would be nice to be able to read the store signs and the ads as well.

Apart from that, it would open an entire new language family up for me (just like Spanish gives me instant access to some Portugese, Italian, Romansch, Romanian and Moldavian, and a good key to French.)

And in the end, I just find it fascinating to find out what differences in language structure exist, and what they do to your brain when you learn them. Hence my interest in the massively agglutinating Diné on one side of the world, and the tonal Chinese and African rhytmic languages on the other.

Speaking of that, I wonder whether any african language Incubator projects have been proposed @DuoLingo. And I don't mean colonial dialects of Belgian, French and English...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ProwlingParis
ProwlingParis
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Those are all great and valid reasons. I imagine learning Turkish will hit the spot just right. Germany has come a long way since "Deutschland ist kein Einwanderungsland" and it has come to grips with the fact that it is no longer an unmixed, ethnically unadulterated country. The (Europeanized) Turkish way is part of the German culture now, with people marrying one another for 2 solid generations, the earned German passports increasing by the numbers, and the majority-minority Turks representing themselves--as well as other Germans--on the political stage these days. Now 6 year olds are requesting to be put in the Turkish classes with their other friends because they simply wanna learn it. But then the teachers and the judges don't know what to do bc the law reserves those classes to the Turkish-Germans only, and there isn't even any precedence to this kind of a request. Then again, they do what any other civilized European country would do and liberate it per the requests of the citizens. You are not the only Germany-related person who simply wants to learn Turkish bc it's there in Germany that I saw--neither here on Duolingo, nor elsewhere. It's the most natural thing in the entire world to love where you are from, or the place you've chosen for yourself. If your homeland boasts additional languages and cultures within its borders, it's inevitable that innate curiosity will make you delve into it. Regardless whether you were born into it or transplanted into it--that's the country you know and accept as is. The whole nine-yard package.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lavinae
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Aw, you guys easily broke our speed record! D:

Congratulations! Great job guys!! VERY impressive!!!

And good luck with the beta: it's a lot of work, but loads of fun! (:

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ProwlingParis
ProwlingParis
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It's the duty of every successive Incubator team to up the ante and set a higher benchmark :-) Let's start all the side-bets for potential speed-record challengers! I'm giving +375 for Uzbek to Icelandic! #OverUnder

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/suejhe

Our baby is ready for you, we look forward to see its growth :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Selcen_Ozturk
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It was a great pleasure to prepare this with rest of the great Turkish team! Enjoy it :) Haftalardır her gun ne zaman bitiyor diye soranlara sonucta istediklerini verebildik, hala test asamasında oldugunu hatırlayarak keyfini çıkarın:)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ihsancaniciuyan

Tebrikler! Bu arada "streak"i nasıl çevirdiniz merak etmiyor değilim açıkçası, seri, sıra, şerit?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Selcen_Ozturk
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seri :) ama kursa girip kendin de bakabilirsin

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ihsancaniciuyan

mevcut ağaçlarıma yenisini ekleyip, karıştırmak istemedim :) ekşi sözlük'ten de duyurusunu bekliyoruz ;)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ProwlingParis
ProwlingParis
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bişey karışmıyo. settings'den bi ona bi ona geçiyosun.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/yeahbuddy34
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Amazing, it's here! Thank you so much to the team! Şimdi türkçe öğrenmek devam edebilirim! Teşekkür ederim! :D Also looking forward to the Turkish for English speakers course.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/suejhe

it should be "Şimdi Türkçe öğrenmeye devam edebilirim!" :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/yeahbuddy34
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Thanks! I can never get it right when you have to use -mek, meyi, meye and so on, I just remembered it was istemek from choosing it under Duolingo settings :p

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/suejhe

Don't worry! it is not easy.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ProwlingParis
ProwlingParis
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What's the deal with your special interest? Your "Impatience" flows off of your profile :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/yeahbuddy34
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What can I say, it's a great language :D I have some Turkish family, and I never really learned it properly, that's all.

Now I'm patiently waiting for the Turkish for English speakers course :D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ProwlingParis
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It's definitely useful up there. I remember ordering in Turkish at all the "affordable" food vendors in CPH, and when I visited one of my best buds in Århus he had a bunch of Turkish friends there and they were all so gangsta :-) You'll up your street cred there fo sho!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/yeahbuddy34
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Hahaha yeah that's true! There are many turkish people up here, I have talked with some while getting kebab here in CPH (they make it ten times better here than Turks in Germany or France if you ask me), but my current listening comprehension doesn't really allow for the conversation to only be in turkish :p

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/J-Steven

Don't you guys all love this guy Luis? He works 7 days a week!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ihsancaniciuyan

Finally my mom can learn some English instead of playing backgammon on the Internet :)

Gençler, elinize sağlık! Valideye söyleyeyim de tavlanın başından kalkıp biraz İngilizce öğrensin.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/skillio8614

Can't wait for all the languages to be available in the reverse direction :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NickM98
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Me neither

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/goobles
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We did it! It was a pleasure working on it and will be exciting to see it get better!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/trinacrium

Congratulations! It's wonderful to see the number of languages offered on Duolingo growing so quickly.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CapK9
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Congratulations! Thank you guys for all the hard work. I'm waiting for the reverse course, it would be a pleasure to learn your language and culture ;D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/checkm8
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Another egg cracking. Congrats.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dogangurer

İki haftadır her gün bakıyorum bar biraz daha dolmuş mu diye... Tebrikler. Harikasınız.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ProwlingParis
ProwlingParis
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Barımız dolu, her akşam bekleriz ;-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/e-nawar
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Great work Turkish team!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sigmacharding
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Just wondering if somebody could post a link to the discussion about Japanese and Turkish similarities - I think similarities between languages is really interesting :)

Thank you!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ihsancaniciuyan

http://www.duolingo.com/comment/1377701

Just scroll down a little bit until the cellgene's comment.

However, I think Turkish and Japanese are only remotely related. Whether something like "Altaic language family" exists is somewhat disputed. There isn't any Japanese word in the current Turkish language (well, at least any that I know - if you don't count words like "sushi", "kamikaze", "tsunami", etc. of course, they are just recent additions), although there may be some slight grammatical similarities.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ProwlingParis
ProwlingParis
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Yeah neyehbe is correct: there aren't mutual words except for the contemporary ones. The similarities are more structural and grammatical. Like the verb being at the end of the sentence, or the dative case adding an -a to the end of words in both languages.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Selcen_Ozturk
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To my knowledge grammar rules are often similar. I have a Turkish friend who is fluent in Japanese and he said learning Japanese grammar was quite easy because of this. But as neyehbe mentioned they are not so much related and there are not many common words, but here is a few I have heard about and maybe someone else can confirm: "ii-iyi-(fine)", "pak-pak (clean)", "yabani-yaban-(wild/stranger)" "su-sui-(water)"

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ihsancaniciuyan

I usually refer to "Nişanyan Sözlük" (http://www.nisanyansozluk.com) for the etymology of Turkish words and it seems that "yaban" and "pak" are purely Persian. "iyi" is Turkish, which comes from "edgü" in old Turkish. Likewise, "su" is also Turkish and I would be surprised if not, because for such a basic word and vital need, our ancestors should have generated their own word. And also not to mention the fact that the first Turkic people lived in central Asia which is far away from Japanese people.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ProwlingParis
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Sevan başgan is da boss.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ciassou

Vatana millete hayırlı uğurlu olsun. Hepinizin ellerine sağlık.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pejsekx
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Where can I throw lingots on these guys??!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Selcen_Ozturk
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here? :P

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Selcen_Ozturk
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are you the one who created the lingot shower? :) Here, a lingot for you

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pejsekx
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You're not supposed to give lingots to me, haha. You guys are very sweet :)) I already found out yesterday who you are, but enjoy the rest of my bygone fortune.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/goobles
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We're greatful for all the lingots. And one lingot from me!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/suejhe

seriously thanks a lot:) we swim in lingots

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/thkrds
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Congratulations and thank you very much for this course! I'm eagerly awaiting the English to Turkish course as I am very much in love with the Turkish culture and the country itself.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ProwlingParis
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u got it sister

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/grkmk

Hayırlı uğurlu olsun! Kutlarım hepinizi. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ProwlingParis
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Eyyyyvallah kankii! Gözümsün!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sakasiru
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That is great news! Turkish is one of the languages I opt to learn, we have a large Turkish community where I live!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/suejhe

it is good to hear that:) and motivates us to be faster next time.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sakasiru
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Do you plan a German-Turkish course, too?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ProwlingParis
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We imagine the German-Turkish pair would be in REALLY high demand. Although only one of our members is highly proficient in German, so it may be a different team, at a different point in the future.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sakasiru
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I'm looking forward to it!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Selcen_Ozturk
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I would have loved to contibute to that course but my German is not good enough yet (ah, articles and declension). I agree that this course will be high demand, and I am actually sure tons of people applied to contribute. Although there are literally millions of people bilingual in German&Turkish, unfortunately I am afraid really few of them can write (and use correct grammar in) both of them properly... The older generations speak proper Turkish but they usually have some problems with German. Young generations mostly speak perfect German as far as I see, but they have grown up in Germany and never had proper Turkish lessons so although they can communicate in Turkish they are usually not very good at spelling and grammar... So let's see if it will come soon :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/itastudent
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That's great!

Right today I was reading that Indo-European languages have a Turkish origin (although I don't know if that directly means they are related with modern Turkish):

http://www.nature.com/news/a-turkish-origin-for-indo-european-languages-1.11270

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/atillac

They don't have a Turkish origin, they originated from Turkey. Origin of Turkish language is central asia.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Selcen_Ozturk
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I don't have a lot of time to discuss it now, but I agree with atillac the title is a bit missleading (surprising for such a big journal), they actually originated in Turkey but Turkish people were not there yet :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ProwlingParis
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Very deep article. Before I comment on it though, I'll have to defer to my fellow moderator Selcen, who actually is a geneticist, and is also as knowledgable as I am in languages. She'll be here eventually; we'll let her 'moderate' the discussion on it :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pablobaytart
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Wow! With english from german, spanish, italian, russian and now turkish almost all germans can now learn english vía duolingo.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lilygilder
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You forgot Polish... ;)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jack.Elliot
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i Magyar, byc moze wegeirski bede nastepny

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lilygilder
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Yes, there are also many Hungarian speakers in Germany. My soon to be sister-in-law also came here from Hungary. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jack.Elliot
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likewise there are many German speakers in Hungary.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/j_t
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I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON IN DUOLINGO! eeks!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/S0R0USH
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I hope your hand is not in pain (it's an idiom if you translate it literally to Turkish ;P). Is there going to be Turkish for English speakers next year?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ProwlingParis
ProwlingParis
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in ~2 months

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Zeanight

Her gün bakmaktan bi hâl olmuştum halbuki rekor kırmışsınız! :) Emeği geçen herkese teşekkürler :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ProwlingParis
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Hazırlarken eksik olmadınız, şimdi de sizler kursu yaparken biz eksik olmayacaz. Hata buldukça geri bildirimleri patlatırsınız bu aralar 'rapor et'e basarak. Türkçe arayüzde de başlattık Türkçe discussion'u, beklerik :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Zeanight

Elimden geldikçe rapor etmeye çalışıcam :) Discussion'da da bulunurum zaman buldukça :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/V_Lilla
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And there goes yet another big THANK YOU from me, too. We can't be thankful enough for all the hard and awesome work you have done guys!! 42 days... it's just... WOW! :) I was looking forward to this course so much. You are AMAZING! Keep up the good work! ;)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rgfigueroa

excellent !!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Zach1337

Great job!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/iustitia
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Congratulations! Thanks for your great work! :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/edenludgate
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Well done to anyone that has been working very hard on the incubator and just keep on doing what you're doing and then duolingo will become even better

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/square_sush

That is wonderful! I can't wait to see a Turkish for English speakers course someday soon!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bakhtiyar

Looking forward to see it happen. As a native Kazakh speaker who had it as a third language at school,Turkish grammar was quite easy although I can't say the same about the vocabulary. Would love to revive it.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Selcen_Ozturk
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I am sure the grammar is very similar, but did you really have a lot of problem with the vocabulary? I thought we had a lot of common/similar vocabulary. At least the personal pronouns are very similar, right? (Men Sen-Siz Ol Biz Sender-Sizder Olar vs Ben Sen-Siz O Biz Siz-Siz Onlar) :) I am looking forward to other Turkic Languages in the incubator, although I am afraid of the ones using cyrilic alphabet. I've also found an interesting document, explaining how words are spelled in these two languages: http://www.turkiyat.selcuk.edu.tr/pdfdergi/s13/tamir.pdf

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bakhtiyar

There's indeed a lots of common vocabulary but just not enough to get the main idea of text, guess that someone who spoke it more often than me( I spoke Russian for about 90% of my life) can understand it better. Just for the interest I'll write down something in Kazakh and see if you can get the idea(using latin instead of cyrillic): "Men özim on bes jyldai Qazaqstannin Almaty qalasynda turup, qazaq tildi öte az söiledim, Almaty qalasynda köbinese orusşa söilidi, biraq qazirgi zamanda qalağa köptegen mambetter keledi de, oi sen sorly manqurt özinnin ana tilin durustap bilmeysin etc. Men sondai qotaqbastarğa bir zat aitamyn, evreiler 2,500 jyl evreişe söilemedi, plus olarda ozinnin memleketi bolgan jok, biraq olar ali de attai şaup jûr " P.S. contains strong language.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Selcen_Ozturk
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OK, the first part is very clear, I understand every single word I guess

  • (Ben özüm/kendim on beş yıl Kazakistan'ın Almatı şehrinde durup/kalıp Kazak dilini çok az söyledim/konuştum. Almatı şehrinde çoğunluk Rusça söylerdi/konuşurdu- I lived in Almaty in Kazakhstan for 15 years and spoke Kazakh only very little. In the city of Almaty most people spoke Russian).

Then I understand only some words and therefore lost :) Something about not being able to speak your own language etc.

anyway I thought that these two languages are not mutually intelligible but as there is a lot in common it should be easy to learn the other. The closest Turkic language to Turkish is Azeri but even this is not completely intelligible when spoken (quite intelligible for reading though)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bakhtiyar

To be short its about the influx of purist rednecks(Mambets) who moan about locals who speak kazakh with large scale borrowings from Russian language I suppose so, There's fair amount of Azeris living in my area and some of them claim that they're able to watch Turkish TV dramas without much strain. Tend to believe it. The closest language to Kazakh is Nogai, even in spoken form it's possible to understand nearly everything. Search for kokturk yazitlari.wmv video on YouTube if interested. At first I thought it was a dialect or something. Some words you may want to know. Mambet means a redneck in kazakh but with distinctive style; they cuss like sailors, spit everywhere, dump around even if trash bin is right in front of them,drive like madmen, starsky and hutch are no match for these guys, super loud speech and prevalence of archaic elements in language. Qotaqbas(plural qotaqbastar) means a really bad person. Direct equivalent in English would be Dxxkhead.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Selcen_Ozturk
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I see... It is inevitable that a language has many loan words from other languages especially when there is so much influence. Turkish also has many French borrowings. It has also tons of Arabic and Persian loan words, many of these were tried to be "cleaned out" (BarisObdan explained it more somewhere in this discussion), but we still have a lot. For Azeri people; I think they understand Turkish better than we understand Azeri, and - I believe- that's because they watch Turkish TV a lot so they are already familiar with the differences when they are young. We also get used to it very quickly. I have a friend from Azerbaijan in Germany, when we first met I really could not understand her but after a couple of weeks everything was clear :) Another thing is where you come from in Turkey. Of course most of us speak "İstanbul Turkish/Standard Turkish" independent of where we come from, but people from the North east (e.g. Kars) anyway speak a dialect that's very close to Azeri, and therefore would understand everything easily.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gorilla800lbs

Nice to see the reach of Duolingo!!!

I was born in Almaty and lived in Aktau for a long time.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/APMohar

How long do BETA periods usually last?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheGandalf
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A few months.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jasminedesi16
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This is so great! Thank you so much Turkish team. I'm so excited for the English-Turkish course! I've tried to learn Turkish before but the resources for it are so bad :( So I can't wait until duolingo gets it!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KonradChuck

Very impressive. I continue to be utterly gobsmacked by how awesome people are!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/phyzelo

That's great.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Truepsychictale

Amazing work guys, congrats!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RorySparshott

Excuse me, I just urinated with excitement. GOD I WANT THE REVERSE.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tariqnisarahmed

That is fantastic!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Karanistik

YAAAAAAAAY

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gorilla800lbs

Awesome work, guys!!!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marvinios

cok guzel

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/chimera

When will "English for Turkish speakers" be gratuated from Beta?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aowstin

Congratulations! :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ferrobattuto
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Good job!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lilygilder
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Good job guys! Amazing! :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/irrae
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Congrats :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NickM98
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Congratulations!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheGandalf
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Başar!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CaptainKhan

I commend you team Duolingo

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessamator
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This reminds me of an Old game I used to play (Aoe - Age of empires), there was a civilization there called the turks, that were slow to start but once they got some steam, they were extremely hard to beat, and would just ruin all my plans of world domination. So I guess, it is a good representation of the Turkish contributors who broke all records.

Well, it is an excellent accomplishment, I hope each contributor or moderator from applicable courses is given a little leeway to add a custom graphic to the language course representing a cultural aspect.

Hmm, perhaps since this is the holiday season a nicely juicy and tasty Turkey for the turks.

4 years ago

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    Just to be clear Turkish and Arabic are different right?

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    https://www.duolingo.com/ihsancaniciuyan

    Not even remotely related. Arabic is a Semitic language, whereas Turkish is Altaic, and in particular a Turkic language. Grammatical rules, how you derive words, how to make plurals, words orders, etc. are all different. However, there are lots of Arabic words in Turkish. Arabic, Persian and Turkish are three completely different languages all in different language families, but there are many mutual words between them.

    4 years ago

    [deactivated user]

      So to understand the people of the middle east I should learn all three?

      EditDelete4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/ihsancaniciuyan

      Well, at least to understand the people in Turkey, you should learn Turkish :)

      4 years ago

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      You should also learn Hebrew then, it is also a semitic language like Arabic, but still not at all the same. And Arabic itself have several very different dialects.

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/suejhe

      extremely different!

      4 years ago

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        Can you elaborate? I thought the majority of the middle east spoke a common language, arabic?

        EditDelete4 years ago

        https://www.duolingo.com/chilvence
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        Austronesian is the coolest. Madagascar to Hiva Oa, before our calendar even started, using nothing but row boats - like a boss :)

        4 years ago

        https://www.duolingo.com/ProwlingParis
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        Arabic covers the Arabian Peninsula and North Africa. It's a ton of other stuff going east from there. Linguistically it's the single most diverse region in the world. http://imgur.com/r/Mapporn/M3i9c

        4 years ago

        https://www.duolingo.com/suejhe

        Yes, in the middle east, most of the countries speak arabic but we do not. Although We have some words originated from Arabic, we use latin alphabet.

        4 years ago

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          Oh well do you know if they are going to do a learn english from arabic anytime soon. I have so many friends in the middle east I wish to talk to.

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          https://www.duolingo.com/suejhe

          I don't know whether someone adds an Arabic course to incubator. Soon there will be new courses, we will see:)

          4 years ago

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          Where will you give it first? In iOs or desktop or android? Anyways, it is good that we will get a new language to learn.

          4 years ago

          https://www.duolingo.com/ProwlingParis
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          desktop/laptop

          4 years ago

          https://www.duolingo.com/CHAMPION.DUO
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          Oh that's good. I do duolingo on laptop as well as iOs.

          4 years ago

          https://www.duolingo.com/CharlotteAnna13
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