https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tsafer

30 days done! :)

Greetings to everyone; especially my fellow begginer learners of Turkish! My story is not a unique one but reaching this first milestone I strongly felt like sharing it. I first came to Turkey at the beginning of 2018- Ankara in particular - for work with zero Turkish other than an understanding of the turkish alphabet. I made an effort to learn the basics by myself. For my first conversations I was only equipped with a few words- five or ten maybe. Turks were open and friendly; they tolerated or even at times enjoyed the miming game. However, finding my first sources proved harder than what I anticipated. The most basic of words came with multiple translations, I was unable to translate conjugated verbs or guess their infinitive form, was biased against language learning applications etc I started with the Tomer books that were to difficult for me, tried translating childrens’ story books that came with their own set of fairytale vocabulary and creative sentence structures (not quite ideal for a beginner), bought a beginners grammar book, listened attentively to natives conversing and took all opportunities to join in. After more than a year and a half I have improved a lot. In my bad days I can barely speak but in the good ones I can have enjoyable conversations in “perfectly” broken Turkish. My biggest challange so far has been consistency. Mainting momentum when life happens is no small matter. For the past thirty days I have had to at least check in with my duolingo account daily and this led to some serious study sessions on some days(on and off duolingo). I am not one to say that any application or website can ever be enough but it seems it can work beautifully as a base and reminder. A big thank you to the duolingo team. I hope in time there will be more advanced material added! Thanks for anyone who read this far! Please let me know your learning story! :) ps: from the back seat, on my way back from summer vacation ;)

August 23, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Barisbargun

100 days loadingggg

August 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Yasmin876988

I lived in Adana for 2 yrs in 1998 loved the country and its people. I spoke some Turkish but found I understood it a lot more the talking it . I visited Adana in 2012 still have quite a lot of turkish friends and family there. I am now using this to pick up on my turkish because I hate to lose the what I know and now I am able to read and write it. Enjoy your self there

August 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/serh6t

Congratulations. You learn with perseverance

August 24, 2019
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