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60.       Daydreamer
3743 posts
 20 Nov 2005 Sun 02:45 pm

I am at a frightening standstill with my Turkish I started last April and approached it as a trained linguist by learning the whole grammar. Unfortunately it proved not really a good option as I totally neglected the vocabulary. Now I am looking for ways for memorising words but be it my age () or poor memory retention - I somehow end up banging my head against the wall when I come across a word that I HAD seen but still can't remember it.
I am a native of one of the most difficult languages to learn and I am a language teacher so learning a new language should not be very difficult. However, my limited contact with Turkish results in passive knowledge. I can write but when it comes to speaking...don't ask...
As Lyndie said, it's best when you have a tutor who'll not only guide you and organise your learning process but also provide contact with pronunciation and make you interact not only verbally.

61.       miss_ceyda
2627 posts
 20 Nov 2005 Sun 02:49 pm

i think that the best way of memorising words is to just make a huge list of them and their translations and just keep re-reading through them all! you will be very shocked at how this really helps u... it works for me.. actually.. i havent read through my list for a while.. there was a point when i was so determined to learn turkish that i was reading through 100s of words everyday in order to learn them it really works too u kno
good luck

62.       Daydreamer
3743 posts
 20 Nov 2005 Sun 02:52 pm

thx - actually this is what i did - i have a list with over 1,000 words that i keep reading but...i somehow never have a chance to use them in a context so i keep learning it like Chinese

63.       miss_ceyda
2627 posts
 20 Nov 2005 Sun 02:57 pm

hehe.. of course.. it has to be used too.. arent there any turkish people who u know who u could chat to online..
i do actually think this is what hepled me more than anything.. for my writing of course..
to help me speak proper turkish the only thing that helped was being in a turkish environment

it was quite strange u know.. after going to turkey in april for a couple of weeks and not saying that much bcoz of my level of turkish it made me come back and study like crazy.. hehe and of course it was all reading and writing.. and then when i went to turkey for the summer i expected all the turkish i had learnt to just come out of my mouth naturally and perfectly.. and when it didnt.. it was quite weird u kno hehe like i couldnt say the words at all..

and now after staying in turkey for 2 months, and building my confidence and actually being able to speak with ease.. im scared again as i am now back in england... what am i going to do if its like it was before and im not gonna be able to say anythign again!!??!!

64.       Daydreamer
3743 posts
 20 Nov 2005 Sun 03:02 pm

Sure I do have Turkish frds but they somehow seem more interested in using English while talking to me(is my Turkish THAT bad ??? ). But you've got a point there that going to Turkey makes your motivation double. Let's see how many people I'll make laugh when I'm there in February

65.       miss_ceyda
2627 posts
 20 Nov 2005 Sun 03:04 pm

hehe.. well.. u are very brave i think... i didnt dare say anything in fear of sounding funny.. :S i had to first make sure that i knew enough turkish to explain myself to a reasonable level!! good luck with that!!

dont u know any people who just speak turkish?? i think spekaing to them would really help u!

66.       Elisa
0 posts
 20 Nov 2005 Sun 03:27 pm

Quoting Daydreamer:

...I somehow end up banging my head against the wall when I come across a word that I HAD seen but still can't remember it.



Oh how I recognise this!!
But what helps for me is sticking papers with those words on the wall in the bathroom, fridge door, toilet, where ever, places where you come a lot. After a while, when you try to remember the word, think of the fridge door for example and you see the word as well.
One day I was trying to memorize a list of infinitives. There were a couple of words that I really couldn't remember, it made me crazy and frustrated. At night I woke up for no special reason, and the first things that came to my mind were those words I couldn't remember!! lol
I don't think that going to sleep is the solution, but I do think it shows how much your brain is busy with it without you realizing it.

67.       miss_ceyda
2627 posts
 20 Nov 2005 Sun 03:37 pm

hehe yeah.. i did this too but was to shy to say it.. i thought that maybe u would all think that i was a bit deli... well i am i suppose...

hehe.. u should have seen my bedroom.. covered it stick it notes with words on them!! hehe

i think sticking words like "gideyim_ let me go" is a good thing because it teaches u a rule as well as just a word... then ud know that its "yapayım" "bakayım" etc.

68.       Elisa
0 posts
 20 Nov 2005 Sun 03:56 pm

Quoting miss_ceyda:

Quote:

hehe yeah.. i did this too but was to shy to say it.. i thought that maybe u would all think that i was a bit deli... well i am i suppose...



It helps, so I don't care if people think it's crazy

Quote:

hehe.. u should have seen my bedroom.. covered it stick it notes with words on them!! hehe

i think sticking words like "gideyim_ let me go" is a good thing because it teaches u a rule as well as just a word... then ud know that its "yapayım" "bakayım" etc.



Well, now that we're pouring out: I stuck the Turkish numbers on the toilet wall. So yes, that is where I learned counting mainly
(And watching kids programs)

69.       miss_ceyda
2627 posts
 20 Nov 2005 Sun 03:58 pm

hahahaa... ayyy... omg.. im laughing so much.. hihi... maybe we could all make a tape too eh..? sow hen we open the toilet door it reads out the turkish alphabet hehe

70.       Elisa
0 posts
 20 Nov 2005 Sun 04:16 pm

And when you flush, another tape starts with the words you find difficult to remember

Aah, suddenly the linguistic future looks so bright!!

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