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Learning Esperanto as a bridge to non European languages.

If I wish to learn Turkish and begin Turkish at Duolingo would Esperanto be a great primer? I know that Esperanto drills one at applying suffixes and that Turkish makes use of suffixes far more than Romance and Germanic grammers. Thank you.

May 29, 2015



If you are interested in Esperanto anyway and hope that it might help you to get familiar with features of other languages as well... Go for it =)

If you're not really interested in Esperanto in any other way than hoping that it might help with your Turkish... I think you'll make better progress if you focus on Turkish. Learning Esperanto might make it a bit easier but the time needed for learning Esperanto plus learning Turkish will be more than just learning Turkish right away.

Also, I don't remember Esperanto being as agglutinative as Turkish. There is a tendency towards agglutinative word morphology but that's it. I doubt that it would be really helpful.

Esperanto is most helpful for people who didn't learn any foreign languages and want an easy, motivating start that makes them familiar with many different European languages. It's not that beneficial (in the gateway to other languages sense) to people who already learned some foreign languages. Of course, it's still interesting for the sake of just being the most popular auxiliary language though ;)


As a native Turkish speaker I can say that Esperanto has no similarities to Turkish, it has extreme closeness to English, Italian and so on, but, I bet ya English is more similar to Turkish than Esperanto. But from what I can see so far, Esperanto is a rather phonetic language and so is Turkish so you might be able to get the pronounciation right after studying Esperanto but I'd say go straight into learning Turkish first because Esperanto has nothing to do with Turkish!


just a minor correction: *proNUNciation :D


haha that just doesnt look right to me for some reason :P


Pronunciation is correct, but I know so many native English speakers who write (and even say) "pronounciation". Don't worry about it.


I don't know about "great", but I do think it'll help you. (Even if it wouldn't, I might still encourage you to learn Esperanto - it's so much fun!)


Sheldolina: I plan to do so as soon as It is released as an ios app. It looks good.

Pseudocreobotra: Thank you for the point that you made. I am interested anyway in Esperanto and I know Spanish quite well so It should be a fun process. I suppose I will split time between the two language programmes here at Duolingo. I like the idea of the extreme easiness of Esperanto and also the rather extreme difficuly of Turkish.

@flashdelirium Excellent. That was very helpful and clear.


I understand you =) I also learn some rather difficult and some rather easy languages... Russian and Japanese are great challenges and very exciting while Spanish and now also Esperanto are so relaxing and provide a lot of success moments! And my writing hand is also thankful for studying some languages that use the Latin alphabet...


I have never tried to study a language that uses a non latin writing system but I can understand the relief you must feel on returning to Spanish. I would like to learn some Turkish, exciting and foreign and coincedently It also uses Roman script.

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