https://www.duolingo.com/DutchFortune

Why are you learning Turkish? Name one thing you love about Turkish!

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Since Turkish is not one of the 'big' languages on DuoLingo, I am interested to see what drives people to take on the Turkish course :)

For me, I have made several Turkish friends in the past year and I'm a language-person (taught myself Swedish before the existence of DuoLingo, currently also studying Finnish in the real world). On top of that, my brother lives and works in Istanbul so I have connections to the country that way.

What I love about Turkish is that forming sentences is like solving a puzzle that makes sense once you have put the pieces in place. As I'm learning Finnish (a language with around 15 cases and 2-way vowel harmony) dealing with the 7 cases and 2/4-way vowel harmony in Turkish was actually not that hard. I also love the melodic pronunciation of the language!

So, why are you learning Turkish?

6 months ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/MaximChelnokov
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I think one of the features of Turkish making it interesting for Europeans to learn is its agglutinative nature. It means Turkish has different word order and tends to bundle many elements within one word which in majority of European languages would stand apart. In addition, by including a lot of borrowings from Arabic, Persian, French etc., Turkish reflects huge number of cultural contacts Turkish people had over the centuries. Usage of Latin script, pronunciation, spelling, and relatively easy grammar (i.e. absence of gender, very regular verb declension, straightforward case formation) make Turkish an obvious choice for people wanting to learn Oriental language. And last but not least, Turkish is nice sounding language indeed thanks to the rules of vowel harmony. All in all, Turkish is a good opportunity for some foreign languages enthusiasts to experience something new without too much effort needed.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/isnottogive
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Even though I've taken a bit of a stop at my Turkish learning at the moment, the reason I decided to pick the language was, as silly as it may sound, because of a song called Hey Onbeşli, which is about the young boys who lost their lives during the Battle of Çanakkale (aka the Battle of Gallipoli). I heard it first in the Russell Crowe movie "The Water Diviner" and I instantly fell in love with it and with the Turkish language.

There are many versions of the song (in fact I've heard that it is one very popular song for wedding parties), but this definitely has to be my favourite: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6vSA9eHJ_I

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hafz784147

wow, it is so amazing. i am turkish and i can guarantee you that many of turkish people don't know what is this "türkü" about. your sincerety touched my heart. i hope you can have a good level in turkish. by the way; this version of song was really nice. thank you <3

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/isnottogive
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Thank you very much for your kind words!

I must admit that I probably know it because I am a bit obsessed with researching stuff I like (even if it is in languages I have no inkling of), so that's why I know what I know.

Also I am very glad that the information I got is accurate, and that you liked the version of the song! And thank you again for your words and your good wishes :)

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/OliviaQWERTY123

Oh my god, you are like another version of me!! Because I get obsessed with researching stuff I like too ahhaha, I've been obsessed with Turkey so I've literally researched all their traditions, their lifestyle, their language - wedding, post wedding, birth, you name it, I've most likely read about it, even if it's purely in Turkish, I'll just go get my phone and take a pic & google translate it all... I go as far as watching and listening to mostly Turkish stuff and it drives my family crazy.

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Diana3016
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me either, I am not alone :)

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bozkurttmucahitt

Well :) I became happy your thoughts because I am Turkish too :) I would like to ask a question for you. Do you know the sad story of the Hey Onbeşli? I am sure that when you learn it, you will understand how it played in the Russell Crowe movie "The Water Diviner" If you want, I can explain

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/isnottogive
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If it’s okay, I would love an explanation of the story behind the song, since I only know the very basics ( what I wrote in my previous post about the young boys who fought in Çanakkale), and I would definitely be very thankful for knowing more about this beautiful song!

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Diana3016
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I would like to know, please

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Yves23A
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At the beginning, it was just a joke.

I told me : find a good reason not to learn Turkish.

  • Well, it will be unuseful for me.

  • No, I said a "good" reason.

I found no one. So I learn Turkish.

Why Turkish and not Italian for example, which would seem more logical for a French person ? Because when I was young, in the 80's, I worked in the center of Paris and on the boulevards, I saw newspapers written in Turkish, and my curiosity was tickled by such long words that I saw.

And while learning it, I found it very logical, I would say mathematical, and that pleased me. So I go on, really. I am now level 23. My ultimate aim is to read Turkish. So I will continue learning it, even if the tree is completed. I am also level 10 in the reverse tree.

Another reason for me to learn Turkish is that this is not a latine, not an indo-european language. So I see a language from a different family than those I know.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/OCandogan
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As a native Turkish speaker, I really appreciate your enthusiasm to learn better Turkish!

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BAYxZC
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As you'll know, there are many French-derived words in Turkish - there are around 5,000 apparently. Knowing Turkish has helped me learn French vocab :)

Manto, pantolon, plaj, ekran, klavye, asansör, grev, randevu...

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SteffiBookworm
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I've learned French before and it is quite amazing that french words can actually be written phonetic. You know what I mean... just compare chauffeur and şoför...

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BAYxZC
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Haha yes exactly. Turkish reading and writing is a piece of cake once you've learned how to speak the language.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SteffiBookworm
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I am currently trying to learn how to understand subordinate clauses and their Turkish equivalents - and I do not even know how to phrase this better, but it seems that reading can be more difficult than I thought.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BAYxZC
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I wouldn't really be the best person to ask about this. My Turkish reading and writing is sadly quite poor. Is your mother tongue French?

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https://www.duolingo.com/SteffiBookworm
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No, I am German :)

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bir_kedi
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i watch two turkish TV series, "anne" and "ufak tefek cinayetler", and i would like to understand them without reading the subtitles. as for now, i can understand some part of the dialogues.
i also admire some turkish actors: Mert Fırat, Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ, Can Nergis, Yiğit Çelebi, Efekan Can... çok güzel adamlar.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jamurla
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In Turkish, we use a lot of idioms and TV series are not exceptions... I recommend you look at commonly used idioms in daily Turkish. It is going to contribute to your understanding of TV series...

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andrea451996

same about me. Did you watch also Aski memnu or kara sevda?

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Julia_2018

I'm learning it because here in Germany, there are many Turkish communities and I hear the language being spoken often. Even many of my coworkers are Turkish. I come from the Southwest, back in America. And here in Germany (nothing against Germans!), I found the people to be rather cold and I had a lot of difficulty making friends. But then I began meeting Turkish people and they remind me so much of the Latino community in Arizona. Big families, LOTS of food, and very warm, inviting personalities. In a way, spending time with my Turkish friends helped eased my homesickness. Not to mention it saved my social life. :P So, naturally, as someone who likes learning languages, I decided to start. I am still very much a newbie! I would also like to understand the lyrics to music I have been listening to from Serhat Durmus. And of course, again. the food! ^^ And the coffee! :D In all, I just have had such a good experience with the people and find the culture to be very interesting. Heck, I even had a kangal before. :) So yeah, pretty good reasons to learn, I suppose. ^^

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/veeless
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I have always been interested in languages and joined Duolingo a number of years ago because this was a way to learn some language basics on my own. I started teaching myself Spanish because in the U.S. it is the most commonly spoke language after English, so opportunities to read it and use it are all around the public spaces.

I got good enough to understand very basic conversations, some television programs and signs in hospitals and other public places. I intend to continue to develop these language skills eventually.

Last fall we moved into a condo and learned that one of my upstairs neighbors came to the US from Turkey a few years ago. We really hit it off in the short time we spent together and it just seemed natural for me to want to understand as much about the culture she came from as I could, which includes the language. So I am learning Turkish because of my new friend, Nilgün.

What I love about the language has already been stated by some of you. I love the logic of the sentence structure, it reminds me of the logic in ASL (American Sign Language). I love that there is only one sound for each letter and if you can hear a word, you can spell it. I’ve seen several videos or TV shows now where someone said a word or a word was spoken with enough frequency that I was able to type it and look it up with ease. You can’t do that with many English words unless you are a native speaker. And of course, the way one word can stand for so many words in English just by the various endings is fun and interesting.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Morana52860

I'm learning Turkish more for the cultural aspect side of it and because I just like learning languages although English is the only one I'm fluent in. I was born in USA; I'm part Turkish (Cherkess actually) but my ethnicity background is a little convoluted.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bozkurttmucahitt

Have you ever been to Turkey :)

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Morana52860

I have never been to Turkey but I would love to visit one day.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DragonPolyglot
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I like Turkish for pretty much the same reasons I like Korean and Hungarian; the vowel harmony, agglutination, the sounds it uses, etc. I also like Middle Eastern/Islamic-influenced cultures. So I decided to learn Turkish for the heck of it.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Vincent051
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Kebab

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https://www.duolingo.com/DocBran
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I had an international student from Cyprus in my Portuguese class at University who interested me in learning the language. The language sounded very melodic and pronunciation wasn't that difficult since it was similar to Portuguese (to me)

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Creightb
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As an American who was lucky enough to spend last summer in Northern Cyprus. I started studying Turkish in preparation for my trip and I found it a wonderfully perplexing language. Enough so as to give it time for a causal study. But why study the language? Well there is intellectual curiosity- it's agullattative with wildly different sentence constructions than Latin or Germanic based languages. The language has so many cognates to Arabic which I briefly tried to study but Arabic proved too laborious. It is my hope that better knowledge of Turkish will act as a bridge to understanding a touch more Arabic and perhaps some Persian as I have many students who speak both languages at home. I also justify my efforts by dreaming of one day living and working in Turkey. I'm a teacher and would love nothing more than to spend a couple years overseas and I really think that Turkey would be great location for many reasons. Logically my argument is that it is centrally located making trips to Northern Africa, Central Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East practical. The Turks that I've met (as with most people) are very hospitable and it is such a rich historic culture with excellent food. I could list another 100 reasons to study Turkish and perhaps any other language for that matter, but Turkish is has many up sides in my mind.

5 months ago

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I just love the sound of the Words. We have lots of turkish immigrants and even as a child I was fascinated by the sound of it.

6 months ago

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I am learning Turkish because my Greek grandfather had lived in Istanbul and died there. I don't know where is his tomb, I searched for it, but I learn Turkish as an honor to his memory. He was speaking Turkish so fluently that his dog, my father was saying, could not understand Greek orders but Turkish ones!

A really personal reason! But I am learning Turkish because it is a beautiful, well structured language. Very hard to make long phrases, but I can make short ones, I try to! I hope to finish L4 level at least and have some practice with videos.

I wish all Greeks try the same and the Turks learn Greek as well, so as to be close enough to undestand each other. It is a very good intelectual game after all and Duolingo is exactly this!

4 months ago

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Because it is my native language. :)

6 months ago

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If I was a computer engineer, I would learn Turkish due to its perfect binary numerals.

6 months ago

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haven't started yet with the Turkish feature of Duolingo but will. Reason? I have studied Arabic (I am quite fluent) and Persian so the natural thing is to learn Turkish. I am interested in the history of the Middle East and my dream was always being able to read the OsmanlI texts

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andrea451996

I learn Turkish because I want to understand turkish soap operas without substitles :D But also I like that language. It is such different from English or my native language - Slovak. And it is fun learning it. I also like Turkish songs, so it is quite good to understand lyrics. There are many many reasons to learn Turkish even it is not one of main world languages.

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dina554067

I started with Turkish today, but I have been obsessed with visiting Turkey for almost two years now. Everything started with Netflix and Turkish series. I fell in love with the history, the food and of course the beautiful people in those series. My dream is to visit Istanbul and learn a bit of Turkish so I can have little conversations with the locals. I am Mexican but I live in the United States.

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I stumbled across the Turkish language in a Netflix series. The story was good but it bothered me that I could not stop seeing the subtitles for a moment, since I could not understand anything I was listening to ... the cadence of the language is beautiful ... so I started watching series after series, which led me to investigate more about Turkey: geography, culture and traditions, I discovered that I knew very little about that country. I studied French for a year and a half, as soon as I saw I realized that there was Turkish in Duolingo I started the lessons. The truth has been difficult for me to understand, it has become a challenge, but I leave it for a few weeks and I start again, I do not lose hope. I want to visit Turkey someday =)

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What series did you watch on Netflix?

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https://www.duolingo.com/Diana3016
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I started with Kurt Seyit ve Sura, Intersection, Winter Sun, Gonul, Can't run from love, Karadayi, Kacak, The End, Suskunlar, Love Bird, Ertugrul (I still don't finish it) And movies like Sadece Sen (my favorite), Ask Tesadüfleri Sever, Istanbul Kirmizisi, Eksi Elmalar, Kokan Kadar Konus 1 and 2, Romantik Komedi 1 and 2, Incir Receli 2, Günesi Gördüm... and many others on youtube like Ási and Gonuncelen. I sleep a little :/

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Maysa946273

I am learning because I love it in the first and I have a lot of Turkish friends ,they want to learn Arabic then I wish to help them Inshaallah

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I learn Turkish because I love Turkey.

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https://www.duolingo.com/soussou3686

i am a Tunisian girl so i speak arabic my mother tongue, frensh, english and a little spanish. i went to istambul last year and i fell in love with that beautiful country. i also watch a lot of turkish series. that's why i now learning that language which i really love...

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I started playing around with the Duolingo Turkish course out of curiosity and just really liked the language itself, the way it sounds, the words, the grammar, etc. I found it really cool and interesting as a language but didn't go much farther with the course than the first few lessons. A couple months later I started thinking about the language a lot again, restarted the course and got halfway through it in a couple weeks. I'm still slowly chipping away at the course.

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https://www.duolingo.com/NGormezano
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I am learning Turkish because I will be visiting soon and I wanted to be familiar with at least some Turkish! As a personal reason for visiting, my grandparents were from Turkey. I'm enjoying learning the language even though it is a bit difficult for me, and I plan to continue learning even after my trip. I have joined a group of people who's ancestors were from Cannakkale and most of them only speak Turkish.

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BethanyGeorgia

I'm part Turkish and I love the idea of being able to speak a language that is associated with my heritage. Istanbul and Ankara are both on my Travel list. I also watch Turkish TV shows on Netflix.

3 months ago
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