Helpful external sources
Here are some materials we have found helpful for learning Turkish. If you have any other suggestions, feel free to post them here.
1- The suffix dictionary
The suffix dictionary. Yes it exists! As you might have noticed, Turkish uses suffixes for almost everything. This website helps you decipher them.
2- Online dictionaries
- Tureng (En-Tr)
- Seslisozluk (En-Tr)
- Pons (Only German to/from Turkish, not from English)
- TDK (Monolingual Turkish dictionary from the Turkish language association)
3- Websites for grammar explanations:
- On this website you can find grammar explanations about almost every topic. It also contains some info about daily language and life.
- There are also many useful grammar explanations here. There is also some cultural info.
- This playlist has very clear and good grammar explanations
- This youtube channel has a lot of useful grammar explanations as well as videos related to Turkish culture
5- Stories with Audio:
This website has many stories for children, which also have an audio. They are often simple and clear. Just remember, they were not made for learners, they were actually created for children so perhaps you find them boring or strange. Nevertheless, we think they are very useful for learners
6- Other courses: As you might have already realized, there are not many online sources to learn Turkish. We recommend trying memrise, for example the hacking Turkish course.
7- Grammar books:
Turkish: The Complete Grammar by Routledge Publishing is recommended.
8- Verb conjugation:
You can conjugate any verb in all tenses on Verbix
There might be some errors there of course, actually just found one and reported today (koşmak). And don't be scared when you see how many tenses Turkish has :)
11- lyrics training
12- User recommended websites
- Elon to practice vobabulary
Three more suggestions:
1) Forvo has native speakers recording themselves pronouncing words, which is really useful as a 'control' for some the TTS voice's more eccentric pronunciations. Once you sign up (for free) you can request words that haven't been recorded yet.
2) Nişanyan Sözlük is an etymological dictionary for Turkish. For tough Turkish vocabulary (especially the many Arabic and Persian loanwords), I've found this a really useful resource for giving those words a 'story' by which to remember them, as well as deepening my appreciation of the language. Problem - the website is only in Turkish, but even as a beginner I just used Google Translate to figure out what was going on and still found it very hepful. To use the site fully you'll need to open an account, but it's free to do so.
3) Wiktionary is not comprehensive like Nişanyan Sözlük, but will help you with about half the vocabulary in the Duolingo course. It has the advantage of giving conjugation and declension tables for many common nouns and verbs (see e.g. here).
Very excited to start experiencing this language; so many new linguistic features! :)
Could you put forth your personal assessment of the quality of the TTS engine? I'm curious how decent it seems to be from the point of view of a speaker of the language, and if there's any notable and/or predictable flaws that we could keep in mind as learners to avoid pitfalls (such as certain trouble words that the Swedish team highlighted in a post when their course was first launched).
Semi-related, are there any good resources which address pronunciation in detail? Pronunciation is always my first port-of-call for a new language. :)
You'll get much more advisable responses from others, but this is actually one of the easy parts of learning turkish: it pretty much pronounces just like it spells. There are exceptions of course, or rather subtleties - from what i could tell mostly loan words from certain languages that don't really share the same sounds, such as arabic - but overall if you learn the full alphabet, you're pretty much good to go, or at least you will be understood. Now understanding what you're reading, that's the real trick
I've been waiting for this course for so long! Congrats on completing it! Here's another absolutely fantastic resource for language learning which I don't think is very well known. It's a website called Tatoeba (tatoeba.org). What's unique about it is that it's a huge database of sentences and phrases and a ton of languages. I find it's fantastic for looking up certain phrases and also for seeing real life usage of a particular word.
This is one of my favorite listening resources, one that combines my love of Turkish with my love of folk arts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbAe5wAyghs, Ellerin Türküsü Kanal B. It consists of a series of interviews with craftsmen and craftswomen, people who practice traditional Turkish handicrafts. The interviewer speaks slowly and clearly, the people being interviewed tend to speak slowly in return, as they are explaining things to her, and there is great background music as well. Whatever topic is covered I tend to become interested in it, and the accompanying demonstrations help you to understand the context and make educated guesses on the vocabulary.
Some pronunciation examples for those struggling to understand TTS generated voices : https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=travellinguist+turkish
For learnıng typıng ın Türkçe, I like typing games like typıng space invaders or typıng dance dance revolution while putting my keyboard in turkish Q and adding the letters and punctuations ,.?içöüğış to the customızatıon page at
İ put ın puncuatıon because it moves from the US standard keyboard layout. Also do the same for Spaniş.
Try to watch turkish tv channels like show,D, Star,Tv8.programs like Survivor All star running now
It might also be helpful to put a link here to an application for learning new vocabulary you learn outside of the Duolingo vocabulary. I really like elon.io, because of the way it intelligently repeats words you don't know yet, and because it is easy to type Turkish on a standard keyboard. For example, you can type "ccc" to make "ç", which makes you type Turkish pretty fast on a normal keyboard :)
I wonder what people think of language transfer http://www.languagetransfer.org/introduction-to-turkish It's one of the free courses available. I think they help getting started. It's just audio. I am giving it a go with Duo as that one is only audio. But I'll try the suffix dictionary also below as I have time spare.
Well I only know how to do it on the phone app. So you go to the flag on the phone app for doulingo which is the third button below and click join club and put in the code. Download the phone app first.
Since I study languages while I commute, I like podcasts a lot. Turkish Tea Time (https://turkishteatime.com/) has conversation based lessons that revolve around particular themes, and range from beginner to advanced. Free via Apple Podcasts. SBS Turkce is a radio show from Australia (with many other languages too) that I listen to from time to time.
Teach Yourself Turkish was the very first book I ever picked up on Turkish and formed the basis of my knowledge. A handy tool for beginners if you are sick of staring at a digital device.
Also, I tried the "Istanbul" series (A1 to C2), which I feel like are good for expanding vocabulary and targeting specific language areas you need to work on.
Grammar Books: Lewis V. Thomas's Elementary Turkish is okay. Ditto on Geoffrey Lewis's Turkish Grammar. These are good if you really want to get granular.
Hi, I'm Eyup Agagoullari, thanks for all duolingo creators and community there is a website for Turkish learners from a goverment organization. https://turkce.yee.org.tr/ I've finished the course Turkish for English speakers on duolingo. it's very hard for me(I used to finish this course checkpoints) :)
and if you want to find a Turkish natural speaker you can add me on facebook