Turkish Is hard but easy???
Does anyone else experience this? The grammar can be difficult but everything is so regular that it's easy. Vowel harmony is awesome and no one should be scared of it. Cases and plurals are easy if you've already had experience(and same with SOV structure). Words can be challenging to remember but when I do they stick really well. I recommend learning some extra vocab on memrise.com
I agree. Funnily enough, almost everything you say about Turkish also applies to Hungarian. Hungarian belongs to an entirely different language family to Turkish, and yet shares many features (agglutinative word formation, intricate but highly regular grammar, vowel harmony, possessive suffixes...) Hopefully the Hungarian course will be out soon so you can see for yourself! :)
My main reason to try Turkish is as agglutination and vowel harmony practice for Hungarian - I also found that my dabbling on the Hungarian > English tree and on Duolingo was great prep for Turkish. Of course, now I am enjoying Turkish... so many languages, so little time...
Hey glossboss, for a long time it was assumed that Turkish and Hungarian belong to the same language family. The Ural-Altaic languages. As far as I know most linguists think that this hypothesis is wrong but there are a handful of linguists who still believe that this group exists.
Linguists are primarily interested in genetic relations between languages that don't paint the full picture. E.g. English, Dutch, German and Yiddish are all classified as West Germanic languages. But this doesn't tell us about the strong relation between English and French, or the one between Yiddish and Hebrew, which are almost as important.
Regardless of whether Turkish and Hungarian have a relatively close genetic relationship or not, they have a long history of mutual influence in the Asian plain where they both came from, and this has led to many similarities.
I'm determined to do well on this course, but am finding it really, really difficult. Some words just refuse to stick, even though I repeat things religiously. I wonder if we will ever get flashcards? That would be really helpful.
I'm a language teacher by profession, and one of my reasons for learning Turkish is that I want to be in a position similar to my students - completely at sea with a new language. It's working rather well... :-/
Fuegelheim made flashcards for all the words in the duolingo site here: https://elon.io/learn-duolingo-english-to-turkish/lessons You can see a discussion of the vocabulary here: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/7717803
By the way, Memrise has a pretty comprehensive Turkish course made by Baris Obdan...I've been using that for almost a year now, and it's pretty good.
Ironically, I only found out about Memrise because Baris Obdan was posting on a forum here about helping create the Turkish course!