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Turkish grammar lessons [an underestimated video list]

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You'll probably find this list useful — https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBv6B6E0IuHhGT9KWpGTDWq-GagNYXkP1

(by Five College Center for the Study of World Languages)

I've found it by chance and like to watch it for fun.

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/zubiz
zubiz
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Yes, they are very good. I initially watched some of these myself for the sole purpose of learning grammar terminology, but then I realized that I didn't even know how some of the things are constructed. All in all, they are also useful to native speakers who don't know much about the grammar.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nicolas_jk

That looks quite nice, thanks!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nicolas_jk

After watching a few I have to say they are really great. It's very nice to hear a human native speaker for a change. I haven't made it to the tenses yet, but I think they will be equally great.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/zubiz
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Note that she's most likely not a native Turkish speaker. She has a distinctive accent. Her pronunciation is perfectly fine though.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nicolas_jk

Interesting, I wouldn't have guessed. Could it be a regional accent a second or third generation emigrant could have?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/zubiz
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I don't think it can be a regional accent, I think she learned turkish some years after she acquired English. I can tell because all of her "e"s are american "e"s, and you can't encounter such pronunciation in any part of Turkey. Letter e is pronounced like è in french, that is nowhere it has an "a" sound in it. Of course she can be a child of an immigrant, I cannot possibly predict that. Regardless, what I can tell for sure is that she got used to English pronunciation and internalized it before she learned Turkish, which is reflected on her accent.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ektoraskan

She sounds like someone who majored in Turkish, or learnt the language while studying in Turkey. Definitely past the teenage years.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nicolas_jk

Ah, thanks for this. Too bad, I'll have to keep it in mind and watch the videos for the grammar then, not the phonetics.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/orde90
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She could actually be bilingual. Maybe she's pronouncing the words in American accent so that they become understandable or harmonious with the English sentence. For some reason, maybe because of her voice tone I believe she is Turkish :D Check how she pronounces Istanbul a few times https://youtu.be/mV7LZePzokc?t=261

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ektoraskan

@orde90, True, her "İstanbul" is very good, but I have a very convincing American accent, too, when you hear me say "Mississippi", but that's about it. After that it's obvious I'm a non-native. :D The way she says "masada" is very cute. I'm not bashing her skills. She's great! But I don't think she's a native speaker or natively bilingual. She's extremely talented though.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/orde90
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Yes in many cases she uses her American accent but seems like she also has a good Turkish accent if she tries.

2 years ago

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Fortunately for her, Istanbul doesn't have an e. But listen to her when she says kedi, numerous videos of her contains that word. Her e in kedi sounds halfway between kedi and caddy.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JanetVande1

I found these by stumbling upon them, too. Even as someone already familiar with grammatical terms and grammar in general, her explanations and application to Turkish are most helpful. If you consider grammar your weak point, I would definitely watch these.

Her charts are the ones I've copied by hand and pasted into my Turkish notebook --along with some from Duo, lol; it's a most excellent course -- but it's good for me to make a chart and fill it in as the explanations are given.

2 years ago