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Why Turkish? Convince me.

Why should I learn Turkish? Please let me know the benefits to learning this language (besides having another language under my belt :D ). Thanks

April 18, 2015



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Okay, let's get down to business.

  1. About 70 million people speak Turkish natively, and about 15 million speak Turkish as a second language. That's a LOT of people!

  2. About two million Turkish speakers live in Germany, so if you're interested in working in Germany, knowing Turkish would be an extraordinary asset.

  3. Turkish is written in the Latin alphabet and it is pronounced as it is written, which makes it a breeze to learn the pronunciation!

  4. Turkish is not only spoken in Turkey, it is an official language in a beautiful little country called Cyprus!

  5. There are 12 countries that recognize Turkish as a minority language.

  6. It is one of the most beautiful sounding languages I can think of. Seriously, step aside, French.

  7. When you learn Turkish, you will learn about the Turkish culture, and in my opinion, it is a very wonderful culture indeed!

  8. Turkish really isn't THAT hard, so why not learn it? Check out this article written by Benny Lewis to further prove this point: www.fluentin3months.com/turkish/

  9. If you speak Turkish you might even be able to understand some Azerbaijani, Uzbek, and Turkmen.

  10. Um, have you seen photos of Turkey? It is one of the most gorgeous places on earth! Imagine all the locals you could chat with if you traveled there!

Well, I'm sure I have many more reasons, but this is all for now! :D


One quick comment on this, Turkish is definitely not an official language in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, or Uzbekistan. They have Azeri, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Turkmen, and Uzbek as their official languages, respectively. It is often said that they all speak Turkish because they are all Turkic people (and there is a decent amount of Pan-Turkic nationalism). However, these languages are about as similar as the Slavic languages. Some are closely related, and some are not. Turkish will however get your foot in the door for all of them.

Otherwise, this is an awesome list!


We can understand over 95% of Azeri while listening. Also I hear "Azeri Turkish" more than just "Azeri".

Many words are pronounced exactly the same in Turkish as they are pronounced in Turkic post-USSR countries. For example, numbers are pronounced almost the same in Kazakh and Turkish.

I posted this because your comment gives the impression that they are very different, probably not what you intended to communicate. They are quite similar, just not to the extend some may think.


Whoops! Looking back at the article I read to get most of this info, I now notice that it said a Turkic language, not Turkish. Looks like I misread it.

Anyways thanks for the compliment and the correction, Alex, you know they're always appreciated! :D


Turkish is not only the second biggest nationality in Germany, but also in the Netherlands, Denmark, Austria, and Bulgaria! And we've pretty much spread all across the world at this point XD


I am learning Turkish because it is interesting. I originally chose Spanish and French because I wanted to travel to those countries and they are widely spoken worldwide. I originally thought Turkish would a very difficult language but have found that it is regular in its grammar and structure and vocabulary needs to be learned regardless of the language you learn. I am just beginning but will continue.

A benefit from learning this language, and others, is that doors will open up for you (literally). My son speaks Japanese and we gained access to places denied to ordinary westerners. I learned a little Bislama( the national language of Vanuatu) and the surprised and happy look on the face of the gentleman I spoke to was priceless.


Are you still learning it?




If you need convincing then it is probably not for you.



Give it some time. Start learning it when you feel like it's a cool thing to do. If that time never comes, well, you don't have to learn every language. Learn the ones you don't need convincing for.


I would suggest it. I never thought I would be learning turkish but here I am. It is a challenge, I use it as a break or something to mix in if I don't feel like learning my goal language that day. The sounds and spelling are strange to me, which I like. And the nouns and verbs change... I don't really know much lol But I just like doing a turkish lesson or two every other day or so. I have no real goal of ever listening to Turkish TV or speaking in Turkish but if that happens I guess it would be cool. And the symbol looks cool. This concludes my exhaustive investigation of the Turkish language.

Tessekurler erderim


To be honest, I'm curious to why I do a lot of languages in general. I don't know your reasons for learning a language but I also learn about the culture when I learn about the language. Turkey has an immense amount of culture to it from the history of the ottomans to the modern Turkey that serves as a buffer between the middle East and Europe. I can't convince you to be interested in anything, just look more into Turkey and maybe you'll find it appealing. It's honestly very interesting to learn.


i agree with psionpete. let me share a great review on turkish which gives honest answers for your question: http://how-to-learn-any-language.com/e/languages/turkish/index.html


From a linguistic point of view, Turkish is interesting. It is an agglutinative language, meaning it adds a lot of suffixes to words. It is a SOV-language, meaning the verb most often comes last in the sentence, and that generally in a phrase the most important word is the last word. Turkish suffixes are very regular and that makes it easy to learn in the beginning, but just wait until you start hacking subordinate clauses. The sentence components come in a very unfamiliar order to someone who speaks a European language (perhaps to Germans it is easier?). All in all it is a nice challenge, and even if you don't aim to get fluent it is a nice way to learn what it is like to learn a language in which the grammar works in an unfamiliar way (unless you already know Korean, Japanese or Finnish, or other languages that have similar grammatical features).


If, by any chance, you start learning another language from the Balkans (or if you already speak one), you'll find quite a few similar words, due to the influence of the Ottomans on the Balkans.


Food! The food in Turkey is excellent. If you go where the locals go then you'll need some Turkish.


Turkish food is amazing. When people ask me what got me interested in Turkish, I usually say that it started with döner kebap, köfte, lahmacun, börek, mantı, ... Then I say something along the lines of s-g-miller's list. But food is definitely a plus.


A made a post about it here - I hope it's helpful.


I think turkish is a easy language to learn or maybe that's just the way how it seems to me and it's a great thing to learn new languages because if you learn one of course that you will know more about that language,about the people that lives there,about their culture but as I know the reasons for learning a language are that it seems easy to you,fun and that you need it,but if it doesn't look fun,easy,or you don't need it, you can Learn an another one that you don't need convincing for.


you don't have to learn Turkish.....you are the only one who can take these decisions for you......for me, I'm from Syria and I'm living in Sudan, Africa..so for example learning italian ,swidsh or spanish is not on my priorities, because I don't intend to travel there or contact with these cultures, whereas learning turkish is good for me because Turkey is a neighbor country to Syria and it contains about two million syrian people, it hosts the syrians more than any other countries....also learning french is good for me because about half of African countries speak french as a first or second language. so, you life decides your priorities


I started learning Turkish without any clear reason other than '' I am bored, I feel like picking up another language! '' and so I did. So far it's great. Everything is sooo alien. It's like an epic puzzle!


I need to ask lol. Howcome soo many people on DuoLingo learn 10+ languages? I'm still trying so hard to learn Turkish.

Is it just because you're trying to learn, for example, a few words in Spanish, fluent in Polish, the basics of French etc? :-) Just wondering because I've seen lots of accounts on here with MORE than 8 languages on there. I'm guessing it's for travelling and stuff, because a little is better than nothing, right?

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    Lol, I also wonder how they learn 10+ languages simultaneously. I learn only Russian as you might have seen.


    You're asking the wrong question - you should be asking why not learn Turkish ;)


    (yes i am learning turkish but i'm at level one) Its is as pretty as french but as tricky as irish (in that it isn't just subject verb object)


    What do you think is difficult about it? I think it's quite easy lol

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      Indigo Spirit, I speak Turkish as a native language. If you have some questions with it, feel free to ask me. Have a good day!


      Turkish Delights. Istanbul, not Constantinope. Mozart's Turkish March. Helen of Troy.

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        Turkish is honestly a beautiful language, and Turkey is one of most visited countries in the world so knowing Turkish is a huge advantage to have when going for tourism. I personally love it because of the music and soap operas haha ^-^


        its a huge country with 70 mil population


        With all due respect, why we should convince you? If you need the language, or if you're interested in somehow, you'll learn. If not, you won't learn.


        I guess no one ended up convincing him haha

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