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How can I finally start speaking turkish?
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10.       elenagabriela
2040 posts
 01 Aug 2013 Thu 07:52 pm

 

Quoting rlydick

well the problem Im having is I think its because I keep directly translating all the time from English to Turkish. Also when my friends here want to talk to me, they all speak to me in English. Ive gotta get them to stop or Ill never learn. My husband and everyone tries to speak to me in English. I hear turkish all the time 24/7. My understanding of it is getting better and better. However I need to know a way to learn thats quick and fast for me. I have a friend here who learned turkish and was speaking within 6 months. Thats just CRAZY to me. However Ive been here for 9 months and I still cant speak.

 

My husbands cousin told me the best way to learn a new language is by memorizing sentences. He did that to learn english, and it worked for him. Should I start just by doing that? Or should I start by learning vocabulary? 

 

dont do it, please..it is the great mistake

you have to try to think in Turkish

11.       rlydick
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 01 Aug 2013 Thu 08:05 pm

 

Quoting elenagabriela

 

 

dont do it, please..it is the great mistake

you have to try to think in Turkish

 

Yes but how do you think in turkish?

12.       elenagabriela
2040 posts
 01 Aug 2013 Thu 08:40 pm

first, try to memorize simple sentences; keep you atention on construction of phrase - the rule number one

the order of phrase is always subject - object - verb

ask you husband to speak together some useful phrases, daily phrases

learn minimum 30 words per day

spend minimum 30 minutes per day for learning Turkish

 

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13.       rlydick
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 01 Aug 2013 Thu 09:15 pm

 

Quoting elenagabriela

first, try to memorize simple sentences; keep you atention on construction of phrase - the rule number one

the order of phrase is always subject - object - verb

ask you husband to speak together some useful phrases, daily phrases

learn minimum 30 words per day

spend minimum 30 minutes per day for learning Turkish

 

 

okay ill try to shoot for 30 words a day. hopefully ill improve better. what about grammar should I focus on that last? like all the suffixes? should I learn at least 30 new suffixes a day?

14.       elenagabriela
2040 posts
 01 Aug 2013 Thu 09:31 pm

dont think at suffixes like a particular object

you have learn them together with pronouns, nouns, etc

you can start from here - there are a lot of lessons for the beginners

15.       elenagabriela
2040 posts
 02 Aug 2013 Fri 08:40 am

 

Quoting rlydick

To all you other language learners...preferably English native speakers who learned and now speak turkish...how did you do it?

I´m having such a hard time learning to speak. I´ve been living in Istanbul, Turkey for 9 months now and I still can hardly speak or hold a 10 minute conversation with anyone. Its heartbreaking to me. I really want to be able to finally talk to my in-laws, friends, just anyone. Ive tried literally EVERYTHING from computer language learning software, to books, to reading childrens books...yet I STILL cant speak. I am able to understand turkish, somewhat, like basic conversations, how to ask questions, but if its a deep heavy conversation I cant understand a darn thing. My comprehension of Turkish is still bad. However, the grammar is starting to click to me.

 

What would be your tips to help me quickly learn and speak? What did you do to finally get yourself at the level of speaking and holding conversations?

I find turkish to be so hard, and theres so many levels to the grammar. I know the only way to learn to speak a language is just by simply speaking..and I try all the time with my sister-in-law. But I basically gave up and now im just quiet around my in laws because I cant speak with them the way that I would like too. It just sucks can someone help!!!

 

do you know Teach Yourself Turkish

try it

http://www.turkishclass.com/forumTitle_42902

16.       Esra98
49 posts
 07 Aug 2013 Wed 03:30 pm

Speaking is more important than gramer.If you want to speak,you will try to speak Turkish people.Don´t be shy.No one´s questioning you "Why didn´t speak very well?" So take it easy.For example,I am learning English.I didn´t speak English at the past.But now I have got foreigner teacher and I speak English very well.Eventually,you will improve your Turkish and speaking.You can meet some people and you should say: "I am learning Turkish,can you help me ?" or you can speak here with us.We always help you.And this is the most important thing,you should trust yourself  

17.       Esra98
49 posts
 07 Aug 2013 Wed 03:31 pm

If you want to improve your speaking,I will recommend you some videos,documentaries,movies,TV series or something {#emotions_dlg.yes}

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18.       carrie32
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 08 Aug 2013 Thu 02:13 am

if you really want you will do all you need is your motivation look within you and ask yourself - why do you want to understand turkish and you will discover the energy to understand it

19.       carrie32
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 08 Aug 2013 Thu 10:28 pm

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if you really want you will do all you need is your motivation look within you and ask yourself - why do you want to understand turkish and you will discover the energy to understand it

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20.       Johnk
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 08 Aug 2013 Thu 11:04 pm

i holiday in Turkey and N cyprus. I spent a few years just using cds and dvds.Luckily a turkish class started at my local college.The teacher was brilliant but the classes only lasted 2 terms as so many dropped out.Most people just wanted holiday turkish and once she brought grammar into the lessons nearly everyone struggled. But i have had  a number of private lessons  with her which have been marvellous for me.So I have been lucky to find a teacher. Have you thought of a teacher where you can have one to one?

You mentioned learning phrases.I did this and it worked.

I looked at all my notes and wrote out phrases that I thought I would use for a holiday this year. I wrote alot!! Then i memorised them. But I found by doing this that   I learnt and understood how the sentences were formed.

I understand turkish grammar.Tenses are easy as there are no irregular verbs.I speak spanish and there are lots of them.I have to really think about suffixes though.I have turkish friends who I teach english to and I have learnt what a difficult language english can be.

I love learning the language but i find I am learning it slowly.I have problems understanding what people are saying but they seem to understand me.So I am halfway there. I do have some turkish friends who i communicate with on email and skype, so that´s a big help.

The great thing though is that Turkish people love to hear that you are learning.I get so much help and I am not afraid to try. Yes sometimes they laugh but then they correct me. What a great way to learn.I love going into shops and cafes and speaking.

I just need turkish for holidays so I don´t need to be fluent.I would say I have nearly reached my aim.I have just come back from Kadikoy in Istanbul where some english was spoken.But alot of people did not.I did okay, not perfect, but got by.

 

So don´t give up. You are frustrated because you are in a turkish environment and maybe it´s tiring to try and keep up with the language everyday. But it sounds that you have some knowledge and believe me you will improve.

Good luck and let us all know how you get on.

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