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Turkish text book

Hey folks,

Apologies if this is a repeat question. I'm gonna be biking through western Turkey in about a month, and I would like to supplement my Duolingo learning by having a grammar/vocab book with me on my trip that I can reference (so I don't have to use the internet).

Does anyone have any recommendations? Ideally, it would be a small book, as every ounce counts on a trip like this. Would something like a Lonely Planet phrasebook be suitable?

Teşekkür edderim!

April 22, 2015



I have a grammar book called "The Delights of Learning Turkish" and it takes you to an intermediate level. The Duolingo course should also help a lot before you get there


Jeroen Aarssen and Ad Backus, Colloquial Turkish: The Complete Course for Beginners is quite good. I tried it back in 2012 and didn't get very far, but then I returned to it after finishing the Duolingo course and actually found it very good.


I fully endorse this book as well! I have experience with it and it is pretty good to learn in an informal setting!


For a phrasebook, I think the Lonely Planet is perfectly good and definitely lightweight.

If you want a real book to continue studying from, I have used and liked Herkes İçin Pratik Türkçe. It is not necessarily the best textbook out there, but it is very compact (good for your purposes) and has lots of practice exercises instead of a whole separate workbook.


I use the book from the Assimil Series and I am very satisfied. Perfect combination of Duolingo and Assimil.


Thanks all for your feedback!


When I was studying Turkish at Harvard, we used 'Elementary Turkish', by Professor Kurtuluş Öztopçu. I would also recommend 'Turkish: A Comprehensive Grammar' by Aslı Göksel for more serious students.

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