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1.       yilgun-7
1326 posts
 15 Mar 2008 Sat 11:04 pm

Turkish is like a cake.
You need to get it piece by piece - not the whole cake.
Learn grammar in order.Just need in order.
It is a process.
So you need to be more practice.
See, hear, understand, write, read, listen, speak and repeat.
You need a good dictionary.

2.       karpusqueen
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 15 Mar 2008 Sat 11:42 pm

Hi Yilgun

I've got an excellent dictionary (it's enormous). I know the alphabet and I can read pronounce Turkish words. I've learned some vocabulary and numbers. I read up on vowel harmony and I've been looking at how verbs are conjugated, but still have a way to go. Can you give me an idea of the order of grammar you think is best please?

Thanks a bunch (a bunch of flowers)

3.       yilgun-7
1326 posts
 16 Mar 2008 Sun 12:56 am

Thank you.
I will send you my grammar note.

4.       caliptrix
3055 posts
 16 Mar 2008 Sun 01:13 am

Don't forget the suffixes

5.       MarioninTurkey
6124 posts
 16 Mar 2008 Sun 07:43 am

Yes: learning a suffix a day will suffice!

6.       karpusqueen
0 posts
 16 Mar 2008 Sun 01:30 pm

So, it's best to learn eg all the ways 'I' can be used then 'you' etc.?

7.       sonunda
5004 posts
 16 Mar 2008 Sun 05:38 pm

I would learn one tense at a time.
e.g. how to conjugate verbs in the present simple then present continuous then move on to the past the future etc.
Get a good grammar book as well as a dictionary and look at the lessons on this site.

8.       lady in red
6947 posts
 16 Mar 2008 Sun 06:45 pm

Quoting karpusqueen:

So, it's best to learn eg all the ways 'I' can be used then 'you' etc.?



Try this site: http://www.ipb.nu/winmekmak/

Very useful!

9.       Tazx1
435 posts
 20 Mar 2008 Thu 08:22 pm

Please can someone suggest the following:-

1. Agood portable [small] Turkish/English; English/Turkish Dictionary.

2. A big 'comprehensive' REFERENCE Turkish/English; English/Turkish Dictionary.

At present I am using a small MILET 'Inglizce Cep Sözlğu'. It is OK and small. I can recommed it. It can be purchased from Milet [www.milet.com].

10.       MarioninTurkey
6124 posts
 21 Mar 2008 Fri 08:02 am

Quoting Tazx1:

Please can someone suggest the following:-

1. Agood portable [small] Turkish/English; English/Turkish Dictionary.

2. A big 'comprehensive' REFERENCE Turkish/English; English/Turkish Dictionary.

At present I am using a small MILET 'Inglizce Cep Sözlğu'. It is OK and small. I can recommed it. It can be purchased from Milet [www.milet.com].



Berlitz are very popular in our bookstore, but I sont think they are the best. Foreigners just know the brand name and go for that.

The best is the Redhouse series. They have many many versions. The small pocket one (6,25 YTL: under 3 pounds) will last you for about a year living in Turkey. After that you find that words you look up aren't in it.

The next one up is 8 YTL and that can be carried in a handbag or briefcase.

They then have big desk versions. An investment that will last you a lifetime. There are so many words they have one big hardback for English to Turkish, and one for Turkish to English.

Because I do lots of work on legislation I have their big orange Ottoman Turkish and Modern Turkish to English dictionary, and I have never been unable to find a word in it (except for modern internet slang like kanka!!!

This was my review of dictionaries in the paper last January

You can get Redhouse dictionaries on Amazon in UK or US, and from all good bookshops in Turkey including mine, Greenhouse in KAdıköy.

11.       Chantal
587 posts
 21 Mar 2008 Fri 09:35 am

I've got both a langenscheidt and a redhouse dictionary, but I personally prefer the langenscheidt one. Our English teacher always advised us to think of a few words, then go to a bookshop and look these words up. You then can decide for yourself which one you think will suit your personal preferences .

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