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I have been in Istanbul for 5 months now and I still can't speak Turkish well. What would you suggest?

1 year ago

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Have you tried actively speaking it? The only way to truly progress in speaking a language is to try and speak it with other people. It doesn't matter if you make mistakes, as the more you speak it with people the better you will become. Turkish also is not an easy language to learn, so give it time.

1 year ago

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yes, I tried but I don't have much Turkish friends so I don't have to speak it all the time, so when I need to.. I find myself lost and can't find words.

1 year ago

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Just keep speaking Turkish with whoever you can, and don't feel discouraged if you cannot think of words or get tripped up while speaking, it happens to everyone and is a part of learning.

1 year ago

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If you can't find words, try reading a lot of Turkish newspapers and look up the words you don't know in a dictionary. Reading will expand your vocabulary. I try to read one Turkish news article a day and it is helping me to remember a lot of words. Write the words that you don't know. Reading helped me to learn a lot of Spanish and Portuguese words, so it should work with Turkish too.

1 year ago

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There are people that suggest, you study a special topic extensively and then try it out in real.

You start with i.e. the weather: you learn all the words for this topic and then you go in public and try to speak about this topic too a stranger. If it doesn't work. You try another person and another person. You do it until you feel save. In the main time you can prepare another topic (i.e family) at home.

You can shortly introduce yourself and ask, if it is okay to speak as long as you wait for the bus, ... There you only have to speak for 1-5 minutes at first.

In the end you have lots of topics to choose from and your vocabulary will grow naturally. But it is not really a job done, in a month or so.

Please be aware, that topics like politics and religions are not great topics for small talk.

1 year ago

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Turkish is listed as a category 4 language by the (FSI). It usually takes about 44 weeks of language learning. That is about 10 months. So don't beat yourself up over it if you cannot speak it yet. If it's been less than 10 months. Keep practicing!

1 year ago