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How are you planning to use Turkish?

I was so excited on Monday to see that Turkish had graduated from the incubator, and immediately started in on the lessons. My reason for wanting to learn this language is that I am actually going to Turkey for three weeks in May as part of a study abroad program. While knowing Turkish isn't required for the program and we will have a translator and guide, I am so excited about the prospect of being able to say and understand even a few sentences while I'm there.

Why are you learning Turkish, and how do you plan to use it?

March 25, 2015



I don't have any reason to learn other than out of curiosity, but I wanted to wish you luck with your study! That's a really exciting opportunity, and such great timing for the course to be released :) study hard!


Thank you so much! I definitely will. :)


I have a few reasons: curiosity (agglutinative, Turkic language, unusual for me), historical connection with Serbia (and most of the Balkans) and looking for loanwords. It's mostly the last one. :P


Curiosity, and the desire to learn a "hard" language that few American born people know anything about. But I have to say, it is so hard! I originally thought Danish was a little hard, but now it seems easy by comparison! For Turkish I keep repeating the same few lessons over and over and I don't think I'm retaining much at all. Currently I plan to finish the tree by 2036. (Just kidding.) Hopefully I can have a good basis of the language before the Vietnamese graduates from the incubator because I really want to do that one, and I'm sure it's really hard, too!


Ukrainian will also be hard, along with most Slavic languages (Macedonian and Bulgarian are easier because they have 2/1 case/s).


I definitely have to agree with it being harder to retain words. I've been defaulting to strengthening skills instead of moving forward because I still don't feel like I fully know all the words. I think the agglutinative nature of the language and all of the suffixes make it more difficult. And I'm also excited for Vietnamese! It'll be great to be able to study an Asian language in addition to mostly undo-european languages.


I really love to know more languages. Turkish is one that I'm really interested in cause it has a lot in common with my native language Kurdish, My country's first language Persian and the language I adore Arabic. Probably Turkish will help me talk to my Azeri friends and maybe one day I can use it in Turkey!


Yeah, I am hoping to one day get to learn Kurdish and Farsi. I'm Greek-Italian (in Australia) so I'm getting to move across the region, starting with Turkish (my first SOV language). Should be fun and I can't wait for Persian and/or Kurdish on duolingo!


That's great! We also hope to see those languages on Duolingo ^_^


I hope they eventually have Kurdish on here too! :)


Kurdish has both Latin and Arabic scripts, but the script used in Kurdish region of Iraq is Arabic so I think we have to wait till they add the first language with the Arabic script (which probably would be Arabic :D) and then starting those languages would not be a dream anymore!


That would be great! :) You say Kurdish is your native language?


Yes, my mother tongue is Kurdish :)


Ah, I see. The efforts to repress the use of this language saddens me very much. :( I am glad to meet you and happy to hear that you speak it! :)


That is great! I have been to Turkey about 25 times over the years. The Turks will love that you are trying to speak their language. Just trying will bring you smiles and hugs. Iyi şanslar!!


I'm so jealous that you've been able to go so many times. I haven't even been yet but I already know just from looking at the pictures and hearing about other people's experiences that three weeks isn't going to be nearly enough time... Teşekkür ederim!


I'm going to Turkey in a few weeks and I shop in Turkish stores almost weekly. This course gives me a nice start to understanding more. :) Plus I find the people to be very warm and friendly.


That's awesome!! If you don't mind my asking, where are you going in Turkey?


Kusadasi. If I remember correctly. So much going on at the moment. :) I hope I haven't mixed it up. Lemme go double check that though...Yep! And here too: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pamukkale
Have you been there or are you Turkish? :)


Kuşadası and Pamukkale both are nice places tnel1 (Altough they were much more beautiful 10-20 years ago) I recommend visiting a little bit later in season for example in June,


Ah, thanks! It's already set, it was the only time to get away for now. If it's great maybe I'll get back later in the year. :) Previously I was in Istanbul and Alanya. Kusadasi does seem a bit touristy, but hopefully there is a way to have some adventure! :) Thanks! It is so nice meeting new people when working on a new language.


I want to travel to Turkey some day and paint the fabulous landscape!


Since I used to be a Triviador (facebook quiz game, it is available in a lot of languages) multilingual top player in the past, I could learn Turkish to try to play Bil ve Fethet (turkish version of this game) at high level. But since I dont play that anymore, I'd study Turkish only because I'm curious.. :v

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    If those shows Selcen posted are any good (have not watched any yet), I suppose I'll pursue it more just to watch those.


    (Trying) to learn now because I should have, and could have, learned years ago. My sister lives in Turkey, and aside from my brother-in-law and my niece, most of the in-laws speak little to no English.


    Work mostly

    The fact that I only know one non Indo-European language (Filipino) is also driving me to learn Turkish. People living in Western countries really only focus other Western languages (with a few exceptions of course)


    jdfromdublin, I'd love to hear your thoughts about the similarities and differences of Filipino & Turkish some time


    I only started learning Turkish but I don't know much about it at the moment :P

    Here are a few similarities that I've noticed so far:

    • Filipino and Turkish nouns are gender-neutral
    • Third-person singular pronouns are also gender neutral
    • There are also two words for 'old' in Filipino as well. One for inanimate object (luma/eski) and one for describing people (matanda/yaşlı).
    • I don't know much about the level of affix use in Turkish at the moment but from what I've gathered so far, they can be used to significantly change the meaning of a word or a sentence. Filipino adjectives and verbs use affixes a lot. They easily change the meaning of a word. The verbs 'kanta' (to sing) and 'pasyal' (to walk, go for a troll, promenade) can be modified as follows and have different meanings:


    • kumanta
    • kumakanta
    • kinanta
    • kinantahan
    • kinakantahan etc


    • ipasyal
    • pagpasyal
    • pumasyal
    • pumapasyal
    • pinasyal
    • pinapasyal
    • pinapasyalan
    • nakipasyal
    • nakikipasyal
    • nagsipasyalan
    • nagsisipasyalan


    Yes, these words are of Spanish origin in case someone's wondering. 'Kanta' is from 'Cantar' and 'Pasyal' is from 'Pasear' :P

    Differences include the word order (Turkish: SOV, Filipino: VSO) and language family


    Sorry to just hop onto your conversation, but I just wanted to say that's so cool about the Filipino words having Spanish origins. I'm a native Spanish speaker and I had no idea the two languages were in any way related.


    Some words in Tagalog are also derived from languages such as Japanese, Chinese, Nahuatl, Persian and Arabic but I'd say about half of vernacular Tagalog is made up of Spanish loan words. The Philippines was under Spanish rule for a few centuries and had left its mark on Filipino culture, cuisine, and languages.

    Pandesal is a popular type of bread in the Philippines but I'm sure you can guess what it is :D


    That makes perfect sense, I guess I just never thought about how their rule could have had a linguistic influence. I've always wanted to go to the Philippines, but now I'm even more motivated haha. And pandesal sounds like it'd be good :P


    Until it came out here on DL, Turkish was not a language I was highly interested in. Now that I have started working with it, I love it! It is definitely one of my new favorite languages. :-) As for how I will use it, I have no idea but I am very excited to keep learning. I started learning Pashto not too long ago so I am very excited to be working with another SOV language!


    I think it's so interesting to hear why people choose to learn a certain language. For me, I was thrilled to hear that DL had this course because my fiancé is from Istanbul and his parents and most of his family only speak Turkish. I speak four languages, but I've never learned a language that's structured like Turkish, so it's a bit difficult. So far I really like it though; I think it sounds poetic. It's also interesting to learn about the grammar because now I understand why my fiancé makes certain mistakes when speaking English :)


    Selam I am indonesian maybe little indonesian learning this language First why i want learn i want take schoolarship on turkish So, teaching in turkey is use turkish as primary language. And the i must preapared. And another is I like their history or news and i like their armed forrce (it is true, i enjoyed watch TSK (turk silahli kuvvetleri) news or tanitim video


    I am planning to "spy" on my bilingual friends! ;D

    I have been sitting aside looking puzzled for years whenever visitors came over and the conversation switched to Turkish. Now it's finally time for me to learn more than the few words I accidentally caught over the years. Especially with the verbs, there is no chance that they will just somehow miraculously get stuck in my head -- I'll need some help and a good system to tackle those and have a chance to stop being the mute observer in the corner. :D

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