Turkish Tea Time
Is anyone using turkishteatime.com? I'm thinking of subscribing, but I don't really know much about it. Do they use natural language in their dialogues? Is their pronunciation good? Are there any serious mistakes in grammar or vocabulary?
My listening is very weak, and I think that these podcasts might be useful for me. I've looked at the free sample lessons. There is a dialog which is grammar based. You can download the mp3 file and an audio script as well as a translation. There are also grammar notes. In addition to this, there are some mp3 speaking exercises. They tell you the English and you have to think of the Turkish phrase. It's based on the grammar for the lesson.
The free sample lessons seem to be well made. The only problem I have is that they speak too fast. I can't understand at all. I need to read the audio script as I listen. I would need to listen over and over again before I understood. Without a subscription, you can listen to the podcasts, but you can't download them. I want to be able to download the mp3 files and print the audio script. This is not available for free.
I don't want to start a subscription without having more information. The website says it's easy to cancel your subscription, but I've had problems cancelling subscriptions in the past. If anyone has any information about it, I would be grateful for your feedback.
Interesting - I hadn't seen that site before. I assume you are not in Turkey. Unfortunately I don't know of any Turkish equivalent to the VOA slow speaking for English learners. And I have not tried the TRT Radyo podcasts. TRT Çocuk is live on the internet but as I am in Turkey I watch it on TV sometimes in the evenings (when my wife is not watching soaps - which are much too difficult for me) but only find some of the programs useful or enjoyable. For slightly slower speaking I recommend either the rare bits which are not cartoons, or "Doru" or "Maysa ve Bulut" which are cartoons you can also find on Youtube. I don't know any scripts for them but if they are useful to you you could get them transcribed on Rhinospike.
Alternatively if you subscribe to turkishteatime.com please come back here after a while and let us know what you think of it.
I have tried that and it looks perfect. I have taken a look for the priceless lessons. The dialogues are natural and there are an American person and a Turkish one in the dialogues. They talk with each other after dialogues. I think this website can be really useful.
I have just subscribed to it but I have to admit I regret it a bit. They have some pros and cons. Their dialogs surely ARE natural. They are awesome - lots of nice phrases that Turkish people really use in their daily lives.
However, I'm a bit disappointed with the podcasts themselves. I mean - I'm not a huge fan of them because I think they are a waste of time. I have to listen to 30 min of speaking mostly in English in order to get an information I could just read in 5 minutes otherwise. I'd rather spend this time watching some cartoons, just as "jzlcdh" mentioned. But maybe it's just my personal impression.
You can always cancel the subscription so maybe just give it a try? I'm curious about your opinion :).
I gave it a try and listened to a few episodes. I found the girl to be somewhat irritating. But I like the dialogues and grammatical explanations.
I have subscribed for one month. I will tell you what I think about I've been using it for a couple of weeks.
Depending on what you want, you might not have to pay for most of Turkish Tea Time! I haven't subscribed to the website myself, but I have downloaded most of the episodes of their podcast for free through iTunes (I assume it's also available through other online stores too). I like it. It's useful to hear Turkish pronounced by real people rather than the TTS that the Duolingo Turkish team itself says is the best they could find, but not ideal. If you look in the notes about each episode of Turkish Tea Time, they tell you which level it's pitched at. At this point I've listened to all of their "newbie" lessons and many of their "beginner" ones. It's nice that for episodes at those levels they speak more slowly and clearly than people normally would.
Personally, I really like language learning podcasts that give you a dialogue in the target language, then explain its grammar & vocabulary to you, then let you listen again (I loved & learned a lot from Deutsch, Warum Nicht? and Radio D when I was focusing more on learning German). Turkish Tea Time does that, and has many episodes that will be useful for whichever level of Turkish learning you have reached. I haven't felt the need to pay for written scripts of the audio, but I am a fan!
My problem is that my listening is really weak, and I need to read along as I go. Once my listening skills improve I may be able to listen to the podcasts without the audio script. I will subscribe on a month by month basis until I get better. I like the way they explain the grammar and vocabulary in their podcasts. It's quite useful for me, both for the grammar and for the listening. I'm starting with the "beginner" level, as the "newbie" level looks a little basic.