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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/melis.traveler

Chatting days for Turkish learners

Hello everyone, I am Melis and I am from Turkey. Today, I'm writing to you guys because I thought that it'd be helpful for you, if you had an actual chance to speak or chat in Turkish with a Turk (of course, if you really want to learn the language.) Turkish is a hard language to learn. It has lots of idioms and sayings which we use all the time. I'd be really happy, if I can help you learn this language. I unfortunately have a bad information for you guys: The accent of the woman who speaks Turkish is Duolingo, is not really Turkish accent. I mean, we don't speak like that. Of course everyone will understand what you're saying but I think it'd be better if you learn the real accent. So, I'll be helping you about that too. I hope, I can help you. Melis.

June 19, 2015

30 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ektoraskan

I don't understand what you mean by "the woman who speaks Turkish is not really Turkish accent". For the most part, her pronunciation is quite natural. In fact, her pronunciation is better than mine for many words (I don't usually speak with standard pronunciation). There are some words that sound weird, but it's a machine, so it's normal that it's not perfect.

The pronunciation of Turkish isn't that hard anyway. Just pronounce every letter clearly, and you'll be understood. You don't have to sound like a native to communicate.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/melis.traveler

No one told something like "people won't understand what you mean if you don't speak with accent.". I am just tring to help people be better okay? And I know that's a machine that's why it doesn't have a good accent.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sainio

I didn't think Ektoraskan was implying that you'd said that: he was just saying that for a computer voice, this one is pretty good.

I understand what you mean about talking to real people, though: real people don't sound like computer voices. I actually think practicing with real people is probably more important for comprehension than for pronunciation. For instance, with English, if you copy the pronunciation of the Duolingo voice, English speakers will understand you with no problem. But if you only listen to the Duolingo voice and then meet a real person with a strong regional accent, you probably won't understand much. It works the same way with every language I speak, and I assume it's true with Turkish, too.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Selcen_Ozturk

it is of course the same in Turkish, every region has a different accent although most educated people would use standard Turkish. In some regions like eastern Black sea, the accent is very differnt than the standard language and even natives find it difficult to understand


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/melis.traveler

Okay I respect your opinion. And thank you for writing your thoughts. But it's not like that in Turkish. If you need any help with Turkish, I am here for you.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sainio

Thanks -- I'll keep that in mind! =)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ufukyayla

i agree with melis. as a native Turkish speaker, i can't understand the woman who speaking Turkish in Text-To-Speech system. i think, that is a syllable based TTS system, and it is need to word based TTS.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Italian.Ice

Merhaba! Türkçe öğrenmek istiyorum! Doğrusun, Türkçe zor bil dil, ama severim çünkü kelimeler yazmak severim ve Türkiye çok güzel bir ülke. Ben çok multlum bize Türkçe öğrenci yardım etmek istiyorum çünkü bazı şeyler anlamıyorum. Teşekkürler!

That was my best attempt, would you mind telling me what I did wrong? Thanks again!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/melis.traveler

First of everything, you did a great job and yes, I can correct some mistakes. Instead of "doğrusun" ve say "haklısın" and that means "you're right". And we don't say "Kelimeler yazmak severim" but "kelimeleri yazmayı severim". Not "ben çok multlum" but "ben çok mutluyum". And lastly you can say "bize Türkçe öğretmene yardım etmek istiyoru" instead of "bize Türkçe öğrenci yardım etmek istiyorum". Some people might not get what you're trying to say if you use the word "öğrenci" in that sentence. Öğrenci means "student" and it doesn' actually make sense in that sentence. Even though you have some little mistakes, people will get what you mean. You're doing great. You can ask me anything you want in anytime you want. Have a nice day.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Italian.Ice

Thanks, you too! I was a little hesitant about the "öğrenci" part when I was writing it, so your correction helped a lot.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/melis.traveler

merhaba nasılsın? :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LeThuyDuyen

i just know "hello" by turkish haha


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/melis.traveler

haha "nasılsın" means "how are you" :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LeThuyDuyen

i'm fine . Nasilin ?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/melis.traveler

I'm fine too, thanks


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Guillermo74491

Merhaba Melis, yazışmak çok iyi bir fikir. Ben daha önce Türkiye'de yaşadım ve rahatça derdimi anlatabiliyorum. Aynı zamanda doğru dürüst akıcı bir şekilde yazmayı öğrenmek isterim. Özellikle bu konuda çok tecrübem yok. İngilizce sormak veya yazışmak isteyen de varsa yardımcı olabilirim. Bill


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/melis.traveler

Tabii ki yardım edebilirsin, bu beni çok mutlu eder. Dürüst ve akıcı bir şekilde yazmana yardımcı olacağım. İyi günler


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Falling_Up_3

Hi! So I just started (literally this morning!) and I found with Spanish that if I listen to music I advance much faster. The problem is Im having issues finding Turkish bands/ music groups. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you!


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    It definitely helps a lot, especially if you try to translate them. I like Mor ve Ötesi, Duman, Teoman and Ferhat Göçer. This is my favorite Turkish song ever: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jt911Py9lU0. Oh my, if you translate the lyrics and listen to them carefully, you can help crying;-)


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      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/melis.traveler

      AnjaMostertman's suggestions are perfect, I really really love those bands and singers. And there's this band called "Model". I highly recommend that band to you. Their songs have beautiful lyrics and they're fun to listen


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Falling_Up_3

      Thank you both so much!


      [deactivated user]

        I hope you will enjoy them. Model sounds really good too, thank you from me as well, Melis. By the way, another band that is funny to listen too is: Athena. It's Turkish punk though, so I can't really listen to it while studying:-p


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/melis.traveler

        Yes, Athena is one of my favorite bands. And thank you too

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