With around 90 million native speakers Turkish may be one of the largest languages you've never thought about. Turkish is a part of the Turkic language family and was historically very influential because of its use as the administrative language of the former Ottoman Empire. Just like English, Turkish has no gender and no cases. However, Turkish has widespread use of both agglutination and vowel harmony, which will be foreign to native English speakers. Additionally, Turkish uses a modified form of the Latin alphabet and not scripts related to Naskh, as seen in Turkey's regional neighbors. Considering the geographical importance of Turkey between Europe and the greater Middle East it is likely that Turkey and the Turkish speaking people will only grow in importance on the global stage.
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Pimsleur Turkish Conversational Course
Pimsleur is an all audio program for language learning. The Turkish Conversational course has 16 lessons, each 30 minutes long, for a total of 8 hours. If you like the method you can graduate and buy the full version, which is significantly more expensive.
The Delights of Learning Turkish
This book is for self-learners of Turkish and is designed to take the user to the intermediate level. Includes vocabulary, some grammar, colloquial and formal speech, answer keys to the exercises, and a dual language glossary.
The Turkish Language Explained for English Speakers
This book is meant to clarify some of the challenges that learners of Turkish will come across as they learn the language. It puts an emphasis on grammar but this book is a good tool for all learners of Turkish regardless of level.
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Recep Tayyip Erdogan
12th and current President of Turkey
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk
First President and founder of Turkey
Mehmed II conquered Constantinople (Istanbul) from the Christians in 1453. The Christians never got it back.
Culture Smart - Turkey
In Turkey, the influence of East and West converge in one place and these influences have impacted Turkey in many different ways. This text attempts to help the traveler make sure that they act appropriately during their time in Turkey so as to gain respect and not offend their hosts.
Sultan's Kitchen: A Turkish Cookbook
125 recipes of Turkish cuisine for those who have a taste for Mediterranean style food. Includes sections on meat, seafood, salads, pilafs, appetizers, desserts, soups, and even bread.
Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds
Geographically and historically, Turkey has stood as a bridge between the Eastern and Western world. This book discusses some of the changes that have happened in Turkey as the country struggles between its Ottoman past and a more liberal and democratic society.