How do I make myself excited to learn more Turkish? :D
I'm currently learning Turkish; my best friend is obsessed with Turkey and I love Istanbul so I was very excited when I first started learning Turkish here a few days ago. However, I've lost my enthusiasm and I'm not finding myself wanting to give it time every day (not as much as I give French and German which I have some knowledge in). What do I do? Maybe there are some fun app games I can use to train my Turkish? Or maybe you can recommend me a good film which I can learn from while watching?
Tesekkur ederim :)
Turkish grammar can be a bit frustrating from time to time. Yes, it is logical but there are some irregularities, so don't be discouraged when you make a mistake. Take your time. Even I struggled a lot and I'm a native speaker! :D
My advice for you would be that you watch Turkish TV series, with English subtitles if possible. I think you can find some on Youtube. "Ezel" is my favorite Tv show, I'd recommend that one if you can find it with subs. You can also listen to Turkish music, there are some good bands&singers. I always found it immensely helpful, you learn stuff without even realizing.
Good luck! İyi şanslar!
I think listening Turkish music and watching TV series can be options. To learn and be excited for a language, watching tv series and listening songs in that language and finding something you are interested in, particularly in that language, would be very supportive.
As a Turkish, i can recommend you listening Bülent Ortaçgil, Duman, Şebnem Ferah, Sezen Aksu, Nazan Öncel, Sıla, Teoman, Gripin, Göksel, etc. You will find out more than these when you searched for them. It can be very hard to understand at first but you will be familiar to some words after some time. It can be very useful, since i wanna learn a language after just one song sometimes, just to be able to understand what it says. Maybe it works for you, too.
Unfortunately i don't watch Turkish series, but my friends say that Leyla ile Mecnun (9,2/10 out of 68.940 votes) and Behzat Ç. (IMDB:8,8/10, out of 17.716 votes) are the good ones.
I hope it works!
Kolay gelsin! ;)
You can read about Turkey, Turkish culture and history. Whatever you like. You can watch Turkish tv shows (in English helps too). You can talk with Turks on HelloTalk (that's the only language learning app I'd actually recommend you to help you with that problem) or via Skype.
If you want, take some days off learning Turkish and just read or listen or watch about Turkey or Turkish people. You can always go back to learning Turkish. Don't stress yourself. You can always go back. Don't feel guilty.
YouTube is great for videos and documentaries about Turkey and Turkish people. About every topic you want. Try podcasts. I can't recommend any but you can also ask Turks on HelloTalk about movies and books they like.
you can listen to the turkish musics. I bet it can be Interesting and you can learn more from them.
Hi Yasmine, It's clear your friend is obsessed with Turkey and you want to keep up with you friend. There are two things important for us to know so we could make you suggestions. Why you may lose your enthusiasm in Turkish. And what are the things you are being interested and fascinated in your normal life. For example my motivation to learn Spanish was movies. There was an argentine movie had a very high rating and there was no english subtitle for it. I ve really wondered it and I have translated the spanish subtitles by google translate. And google has translated it really bad. So I have decided not to miss another movie in Spanish language because of subtitle issue. Ahaha and I have read Freudian psychoanalysis books to understand symbolism in some movies as well. So movies are a great motivation for me do you have anything like that?
Hello, I lose my enthusiasm because it gets very hard; for example the grammar and how words change in different positions/context/structures. I'm learning French, German and Danish as well; I find French easier though. As for what interests me, I'm a really culture-oriented person, I love reading and seeing things about other cultures, I love travelling (and so I'd love to actually be able to speak to people when I'm in turkey; have everyday conversations with them - like a Turk), also, I love their food. I'm a photographer and Turkey has been a lovely place for making photos but I'd love to be able to communicate if I want to work on bigger projects telling stories/histories of people or places in Turkey. :)
Haha ok ok. Firstly all languages become harder after some point. And if you say german is easier you can do turkish prefectly. Because I remember artikel rules were driving me crazy why it is einen here why not ein or eine. If its die frau why it is das mädchen...
If you like photography and turkish culture... search ara güler. Check his works I am personally a fan of his b/w pictures with working people as a subject.
And about stories of Turkish people you may try works of sait faik. He was inspiration and has a literature award with his name.
Just a heads up, if you're learning multiple languages at the same time the golden rule is to avoid learning similar languages at the same time. Turkish is easy to manage with another language, French could be manageable but German and Danish are too close to learn in a healthy way -- you will keep mixing them up as you keep going. Four languages at the same time is almost impossible for even experienced polyglots, I'd try and narrow it down to one Indo-European language (so any of the three) and Turkish personally. They should be distant enough that the languages shouldn't "interfere" with each other.
I'm in your opposite position. I am obsessed with Turkey and would spend all day learning Turkish and about Turkey if I could. But do not have the same enthusiasm to learn French even though I learned a lot of French during childhood and find it extremely easy. I'm on level 8 in French and the only thing that has kept me going is that dumb and deceptive fluency meter. If it ever starts getting hard for me I'll drop it.
As to your question, imo languages are hard enough to learn so if you aren't thrilled with it it's not going to work. All I can suggest is visualize what you will be able to do when you are fluent. I see myself watching those awesome Turkish series with no subtitles and I keep telling myself that with a lot of practice, decoding sentences will be second nature to me.
Someone else suggested the TV show Leyla ile Mecnun which I wouldn't recommend to a learning speaker at all, it's an absurdist comedy with a very unusual sense of humor, reliant on the intricacies of the language a lot at times. Most of the humor simply won't make its way through the language barrier.
Turkish stand up would be my suggestion for comedy, especially with subtitles (easiest to find on Cem Yilmaz videos). It's usually spoken clearly, should get you into the spoken idiosyncrasies of the language (there are many, it's not very common to write exactly as you speak in Turkish unless you're intentionally trying to convey informality in text), and especially in the case of Cem Yilmaz (who is I guess most similar to someone like Jerry Seinfeld or Louis CK that everyone knows of them, but they're still really good) the humor should make it through.
Here's one I could find, although the translation isn't perfect you should be able to keep track of it with the subtitles.
I'd also definitely suggest listening to Turkish music, especially from before the 2000s, as the national television channel TRT placed huge emphasis on displaying "correct" Turkish in all mass media. I'd recommend the likes of MFÖ, Barış Manço, Bülent Ortaçgil, Cem Karaca (exceptional male vocalist in my opinion. You should be able to find translations of their lyrics simply by googling "band name lyrics English".
Hope you keep the enthusiasm for Turkish up! As someone who is currently on to their seventh language, one which is completely out of their language comfort zone (I'm learning Russian as a Turkish/English/Spanish/French/Italian/Swedish speaker) I'm looking to find the same enthusiasm by imposing a lot of Russian film, music and other art on to myself. İyi şanslar ve iyi eğlenceler!