Level 1

Congratulations!

Dimidium facti, qui coepit, habet. (Horace, Epistles 1, 2, 40)
Başlamak bitirmenin yarısıdır.
Beginning is half done.

What do you need to do along the journey?

  • Have a notebook for taking notes.
  • Try to become familiar with Turkish social media, FB, twitter, etc. Follow some Turkish newspapers or any content that you like. Daily practice will teach you Turkish!
  • Download the Memrise application to your phone for vocabulary training. (You can study on your PC or tablet as well.)
  • Get a dictionary. In this dictionary, you will have example sentences.
  • Etymology is your friend! Check these etymology dictionaries: Etimolojiturkce and Nisanyan.

Puzzle-Like Language. Follow the Technique.

Turkish is an agglutinative language. This means that you’ll follow a different learning cycle when you are learning Turkish. Firstly, you’ll learn the word root, and then you’ll see varieties that you can derive from that word root. This will save you a lot of time!

Söz: Word, statement
Sözlük: Dictionary
Sözcü: Spokesman
Sözlü: Oral
Sözel: Linguistics
Sözde: So-called
Sözgelimi: For example
Sözsüz: Speechless

If you are taught by the technique, you’ll learn these words a lot faster.

Learning a language is an integral task for which you need to learn different aspects: vocabulary, grammar, reading, writing, listening etc. Along the course, you’ll have all aspects.

For vocabulary training, you must use Memrise. You can download on your phone or use on PC, tablet etc. It’s an application that focuses on vocabulary training. It uses repetition to make the new vocabulary stick. The ‘’science’’ behind the application prevents the unnecessary repetition. The Memrise courses will be given to you as you continue the course.

Join this course and practice daily:

One Thing You Must Know: Less is More.

Do NOT study vocabulary excessively. Do not join all courses in advance. Follow the instructions given in this course. Study less but study regularly.

Don’t Underestimate the Power of Repetition.

Start each step by reviewing the slides of the previous video. Do not try to learn too many topics in one day, because you’ll forget what you have learned. If you want them to stick, you have to repeat!

In the beginning, you won’t be able to easily memorize Turkish words, because it’s a new language for your brain and until you get used to it, you’ll need to repeat the new vocabulary several times. It will get easier as you continue.

Sleeping is a Part of the Work.

You need to include sleeping in your studying schedule. Do not try to learn everything in a short time, because what you learn in a short time will vanish. Try to enjoy; try to slow down.

You Don’t Learn Everything Consciously.

You need to become familiar with the Turkish language even though you don’t understand it. This is crucial for expanding your vocabulary and listening skills. You can find Turkish newspapers, radios and tv channels.

Do not try to understand everything. Just listen while you are cleaning, driving or walking. Your brain will do the rest!

Turkish Newspapers:

You can read your favorite newspaper on a daily basis and practice your Turkish without even studying.

1. Hürriyet: Hürriyet (eng. independence) is one of the most popular Turkish newspapers which has the highest circulation. It is founded in 1948 by Sedat Simavi and also printed in Germany for Turkish expats.

2. Sözcü: Sözcü (eng. the spokesman) is first published in 2007 and rapidly became one of the most popular newspapers today. It is the fourth most popular newspaper. It follows a secular and nationalist orientation.

3. Cumhuriyet: Cumhuriyet (eng. republic) is the oldest newspaper in Turkey. It is established in 1924, with the leadership of journalist Yunus Nadi Abalıoğlu.

  • Millet: Nation
  • Milliyet: Nationality

4. Milliyet: Milliyet (eng. nationality) is started to publish in 1950 by Nuri Akça press. It is now a daily newspaper in Turkey.

Turkish TV Channels:

1. Tv8: This channel launched broadcasting on 22 February 1999. It is now one of the most popular tv channels in Turkey.

2. Kanal D: Kanal D is one of the first commercial channels. It started broadcasting in 1993.

3. Star: ‘Star’ is the first commercial tv channel in Turkey and was founded in 1989. It is still being watched nationwide.

4. CNN Türk: CNN Türk is the most watched news channel today.

5. NTV: NTV broadcasts news nationwide. It is launched at 1996 as the first news channel in Turkey.

6. TRT Belgesel: The channel broadcasts documentaries in Turkish. It is launched in 1991 and operated by TRT (Turkish radio and television channel). The documentaries mostly made by Turkish directors in Turkish. If not, they are dubbed into Turkish.

Turkish Radios:

1. TRT (Turkish radio and television corporation): The national tv and radio of Turkey.

2. NTV Radio: NTV started its broadcasting in 2000. You can listen to its 24 hours news service.

3. CNN Türk Radio: CNN Türk radio founded in 2001.

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Congratulations you have completed Level 1.

If you could successfully answer eighty per cent of the questions in the review part, begin the next level. If you couldn’t, please review the grammar of your incorrect questions.

Do not forget to practice vocabulary on memrise. Practicing is essential to reach enough vocabulary for B1.

Do not forget to watch/listen to Turkish broadcasting in your spear time.

If you have the opportunity to talk to the natives, do it immediately!

See you in the next Level!