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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!


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


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?

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