For people wanting to learn Turkish
I'm not sure how many people are looking to learn Turkish, but for anyone interested these two websites are very helpful and informative:
Once you're pretty confident about the positive suffixes the first skill isn't too hard on the English for Turkish speakers course, and doing the course really helps, with everything being in Türkçe. I hope this helps whoever may be interested :)
Nice links! More recommendations from me:
- check also this website: http://www.turkishclass.com/turkish_learning_group_3
- you can conjugate any verb in all tenses in verbix. Don't be afraid that there are 27 different "tenses", some of them are just replacing "modal verbs" :) http://www.verbix.com/languages/turkish.shtml
- It is important to learn the pronunciation as well, so check some youtube videos. Here is a playlist with some basic Turkish language information. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkWS9Gb2fZA=PLZKkQvBRTEgRsp1ldRuTGdD4G6eNAScC6
- Turkish might look very confusing because of agglutination and vowel harmony, things Indo-European language speakers are not familiar with. But everything follows the rules, there are almost no exceptions. So once you understand the rule, you don't need to memorize pages of exceptions to the rule :)
Last but not least, try the English for Turkish speakers course, or just wait for the Turkish for English, which should be here in a couple of months!
The agglutination thing is pretty simple for me, having learned Hungarian. Because of this, the way Turkish uses suffixes isn't so confusing! :)
For instance you've got the sentence "I took a photo of a dog": "Képet készítettem kutyáról"
- et = Accusative ending (Front-vowel nouns)
- ett = Past tense suffix (Long; Front-vowel verbs)
- em = Past tense conjugation for "I" (Front-vowel verbs)
- ról = About (Back-vowel nouns; In Hungarian you create a photo about something (készíteni = to create))
So altogether literally translated it's "A photo I created about a dog"; "I created a photo about a dog"
yes, I suppose Turkish grammar is not complicated if you speak Hungarian! I tried a few basic skills of the English for Hungarian speakers course and it was pretty easy for me, using the hints for the words of course.
What is your native language btw?
(İngilizce, Macaristan'da doğmama rağmen or more natural İngilizce ama Macaristan'da doğdum)
I am impressed by the languages you listed on your profile, I think you will master Turkish soon as well ;) good luck! Feel free to ask them in English-Turkish discussions (http://www.duolingo.com/topic/837)
(I am one of the moderators for that course, in case you haven't noticed :P )
Where are you?! I am not happy with the new way I get the lessons ! No explanations,no nice,no taste at all ! I do not know to whom I need to talk to get back to your lessons ! With your lessons I had always the feeling that you are next to me,watching me,talking with me,teaching me and corrected me ! In time you became like my friend ! I feel like is no taste to continue studying! I am sorry ! I saw your name and I started with complaining! My name is MARA MAXIM,AND I AM STUDYING TURKISH LANGUAGE FOR ABOUT A YEAR.MY MOTHER LANGUAGE IS ROMANIAN,and I AM very upset with the new teacher! THANKS for what I learned from you.
As a native Turkish speaker, I don't have any links but I would be happy to help with any of your questions/problems.
Do you have skype or something? I will probably have a few lol