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1.       Bursali
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 07 Sep 2005 Wed 11:18 pm

What do you think about turkish language.do you think it is hard or easy to learn how to speak and write.

2.       Seticio
550 posts
 08 Sep 2005 Thu 08:11 am

I think it's one of the easiest languages I've ever learned. English is the easiest of course, but Turkish is also easy. Different, but easy.

3.       Iceheart_Omnis
106 posts
 08 Sep 2005 Thu 06:48 pm

I think Turkish spelling is quite easy (Atatürk deserves a statue just for replacing that complicated Arabic script) so it makes it friendly for learners, grammar is more complicated but at least it is quite regular.

Maybe if Turkey joins the EU it will become a more popular choice for language students

4.       jehangir
6 posts
 08 Sep 2005 Thu 07:41 pm

I find the writing quite easy, but I dont think it looks as nice as Osmanli (knowing the alphabet from Urdu and Farsi already, I could probably read some).

The grammar n stuff is pretty easy on a basic level, i.e: with only simple, "1-idea" sentences, or those using "and, but, etc," however, I find it complicated on a higher level, e.g. with participles (if you've seen my post), and the use of verb modifiers rather than auxiliary verbs with a fixed participle, for example, in the passive, Turkish uses -il- or -in-, whereas in other languages I've studied, you simply use an auxiliary verb.

Also the lack of a subjunctive (for subordinate clauses) really confuses me as I end up finding really weird ways of translating thing, which I assume are unnecessarily long and complicated. lol

Soz about the unnecessary length of this post lol

5.       Lyndie
968 posts
 08 Sep 2005 Thu 09:47 pm

Well I have to admit that I find it very difficult. However, one of the big problems for me is that I never really learned English grammar. when I went to school, back in the dark ages, we weren't really taught grammar. Obviously (obviously? to whom?) my grammar is perfect, but - it is because the schools just taught grammar in a simplistic way.

When I am trying to learn turkish grammar, I am confronted with complex 'grammatical' phrases, like 'subjunctives' 'aorist' etc. I know what verbs, nouns, adjectives, adverbs and pronouns are, and basic tenses, but the learning sites all use more complex 'grammar' language that I don't actually know, so I am having to actually learn the language of grammar as well as the new language. I hope what I am trying to say is clear.

6.       Tkebap
6 posts
 09 Sep 2005 Fri 03:31 pm

Completely agree Lyndie, I have been learning Turkish for 3 years and the hardest part has been my lack of understanding of English Grammar.I am determined to master Turkish. There is no easy way to learn a new language especially when you get older, it requires a lot of hard work and determination. I'm just sad that I didn,t learn more languages when I was at school and had a young and receptive brain. Many of the expats out here make fun of the fact that I am still attending lessons 3 years on but I reckon that even if in the end I only pick up 80% of the Language thats better than those that don't try. Why do so many Brits still think that it is acceptable in this day and age just to expect everyone to speak English. I've really enjoyed all of the lessons and will carry on with them for as long as it takes. MAYBE FLUENT AT 90 THEN

7.       Bursali
400 posts
 09 Sep 2005 Fri 11:59 pm

go turkish

8.       Daydreamer
3743 posts
 10 Sep 2005 Sat 11:53 am

It's a hard question Bursali, sometimes I find particular things about Turkish quite easy, but then I come across something else that makes me bang my head against the wall in hopeless despair. What makes it hard for me to learn it is the fact that the two languages I speak (Polish and English) are totally different from Turkish. Nonetheless, I greatly enjoy learning it!
As for what is most difficult about it, I'd say - understanding the spoken language.

9.       Bursali
400 posts
 10 Sep 2005 Sat 11:11 pm

i hope i asked a good question.

10.       Cornelia
17 posts
 19 Sep 2005 Mon 09:15 am

3 years ago i made my first visit to Turkey and i couldnt understand nothing in turkish.
it took me 3 weeks to start understand the first words in turkish.After 6 month hearing the language every day i could understand and say full sentences myself.I neither learn english grammar nor turkish.My online friends says i write english good as well as turkish, but I know i make mistakes.hope in time i will learn both languages very well.

turkish is harder to learn then english of my view.

wish me good luck and patience.

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