Should I start Turkish?
On another account recently, I've been toying around with languages to see which ones seem easy, and I am starting to like Turkish. For not being close to my other languages very much, I don't want to dive right in and quit eventually, like I did with Polish. So, should I start Turkish or not?
Another thing I'm wondering is what languages are similar to Turkish?
Well, Turksh is easier than Polish, no doubt about that and I should know(my parents are 1 polish, 2 turkish). `It does not require so many different pronouncations and thus, it is easier to read while Polish is hard to write because of the different letters that create different sounds. However, I believe you should stick with German first. It is the easiest from the three and you already have a head start. :)
I think one of the first challenges with Turkish is the pronunciation. Vowels, specifically. Grammatically Turkish is very notorious for its agglutinative grammar; it tacks in little details in the word until you need to use an whole English sentence to translate some things. Turkish has more in common with Finnish, Hungarian, Japanese and Korean than most other languages, even though its main influences are Arabic and Persian. It’s actually so unique that the language family it belongs in is the Turkic language family. Other languages related to Turkish aren’t typically known as well, such as Azerbaijani. Like with any language, Turkish is quite rewarding if you have an interest for the culture in Turkey or have an interest in diasporas (Germany believe it or not has had a lot of Turkish families inside its borders since WW2).
To answer your question about “what languages are similar to Turkish”: I understand that all the “Turkic” languages (ie, Turkish, Azeri, Turkmen, Uzbek, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Uighur, etc) are quite similar to each other and about 150 years ago were all considered more or less the same language with a common written form. Since then, however, the various Turkic languages have digressed form each other (Turkish purged many of its Arabic and Persian loan-words, for example).
According to Wikipedia, the Turkic languages together are spoken by some 200 million people, and Turkish is the largest language in the family, spoken by some 88-90 million people.