Did learning turkish make anyone else wonder why they struggled with languages such as spanish?
The most difficult thing with spanish is probably subjunctive, but it seems there are 10 things in turkish or more that is just as hard or worse. How did i ever complain earlier o.o
For me, learning German made Spanish feel easy... and then learning Turkish made German feel easy!
What makes Spanish hard: knowing when to use the subjunctive, learning tons of verb conjugations
What makes German hard: cases, declensions, and subordinate clauses => keeping track of which article to use, when and how to add case endings to adjectives, knowing when to move the verb to the end of the phrase, etc.
What makes Turkish hard: more cases, lots of suffixes, keeping track of vowel harmony and consonant harmony, very foreign grammar (word order), postpositions instead of prepositions, MORE cases, MORE suffixes! ;)
Learning Turkish made learning German feel like a warm-up!
What makes Spanish a real pain in the ass: article, adjective and noun agreement in gender and number. And I am a native speaker, but when I have to translate complex sentences with many nouns and adjectives, there is always ambiguity as to which noun you are referring to seven clauses down the line, and you really have to be sure because of gender (male / female) and number (singular / plural) agreement. And you know what is the use of noun gender? Zilch, nada, rien, niente, nichts, nihil, hiçbir şey değil.
As far as the Spanish subjunctive, conditional and potential tenses, do not feel bad if you struggle with them because my guess is that less than 10% of natives use them well. Also, I don't get for example if you have a laundry list of nouns, and further down you are referring to all of them, with which will the agreement be? They did not teach me that in grammar school. Does Duolingo teach it?
At the moment, I am learning Spanish from scratch and trying to improve my Turkish. Already knowing French, Spanish is quite easy, at least the basics, but Turkish really is a challenge sometimes.