Start: Welcome

Congratulations!

Dimidium facti, qui coepit, habet. (Horace, Epistles 1, 2, 40)

Başlamak bitirmenin yarısıdır.

Beginning is half done.

You learn many things subconsciously

You should listen to Turkish from day one even though you don’t understand anything. Watching Turkish TV series or movies will help you a lot. It is crucial for expanding your vocabulary and improve your listening skills. 

Throughout the course, you will have the opportunity to cover grammar, practice with the dialogues and expand your vocabulary. But you should supplement it with Turkish productions. If you don’t like watching fiction, documentaries dubbed in Turkish could be fun.

Learning Turkish is different than learning Spanish or Russian

Turkish is an agglutinative language. In simple terms, this means you should follow a different learning cycle when you are learning Turkish vocabulary. 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 and help you guess the meaning of the words without a dictionary!

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

Sleeping will help you speak Turkish

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. Split reasonable amount of study times for each day and stick to your schedule. 

Etymology is your friend! 

Check out these etymology dictionaries if you wonder about the word origins. (If have the interest): Etimolojiturkce and Nisanyan.