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Is Turkish difficult to learn? The answer is a clear “no”. The Turkish language is definitely not difficult to learn, but it is different. It comes from a different language family and thus, has a different grammar structure and vocabulary. But on the bright side, Turkish is phonetic and its grammar is very logical. Hence, all you need is the right approach. Once you grasp the logic that Turkish is all about, learning Turkish becomes easy and a lot of fun. 

“Learning Turkish becomes easy and straightforward with the right approach”

Why isn't Turkish difficult to learn?

  • Turkish grammar is extremely logical and regular. There are almost no irregularities. Thus, learning Turkish grammar is like putting Lego pieces together. Once you learn the suffixes and the rules well, you can predict the rest and keep building. Similarly, you can also deconstruct words very easily. Everything is incredibly logical and straightforward. It is not like in English, where one has to simply keep memorizing the irregularities, because they don't fit any grammar rules. 
  • The Turkish language uses the Latin alphabet and it is phonetic. In other words, you read and pronounce Turkish words exactly the same as you write them. So, the first step in learning Turkish should be learning the alphabet and the sounds correctly. Once you learn them well, you can start reading and pronouncing every single word as good as a native Turkish speaker does. It is all easy and straightforward. 
  • The Turkish language is a member of the Turkic language family and thus, it has a different grammar structure than Latin and Germanic languages, such as English, Spanish and French have. However, the good news is that Turkish has about 6,000 loanwords from French, English and Latin, and this number exceeds 10,000 when the loanwords from Arabic and Farsi are also included. Accordingly, speakers of any of these languages will clearly have an easier time with learning Turkish.
  • To make it even better, genders and the specific article "the" do not exist in Turkish. As a result, there is only one version of each word, which makes it less confusing and easier to learn and memorize.

The challenges of learning Turkish

“Indeed, learning Turkish is much easier than learning some other non-western languages such as, Arabic, Russian, and Chinese”

Learning any new foreign language requires dedication and a lot of hard work, and there are many challenges. The extent of these challenges depends on the similarity between the person’s native language and the language that he or she wants to learn. For example, learning another Romance language, such as Portuguese or Italian would obviously be easier than learning Turkish for a Spanish speaker. Indeed, some Spanish speakers may learn these two languages even without taking any formal classes and just by watching TV.

The same could be said for English and Spanish as well. That’s to say, if you are an English speaker, learning Spanish would certainly be easier for you than learning Turkish, because of the relative similarity between the two languages. However, this doesn’t mean that Turkish is difficult to learn. Indeed, it is easier to learn than English. For example, imagine a native Turkish speaker learning English and a native English speaker learning Turkish. The English speaker will have an easier time learning Turkish than the Turkish speaker learning English because of the more regular and logical structure of Turkish.

Turkish is also much easier to learn compared to learning some other non-western languages, including but not limited to Russian, Arabic, and Chinese. It also takes much longer to learn these languages than learning Turkish.

How long does it take to speak Turkish fluently?

This totally depends on the student’s commitment and the circumstances. For example, college students that go to Turkey on student exchange programs take intensive Turkish classes in their schools and they usually start speaking Turkish fluently within their first few months of arriving in the country. This is simply the power of immersion. 

However, if the student is outside of Turkey and is taking a Turkish class only once a week, it may take about two years to get fluent in the language. Of course, this time may be shorter or longer depending on the student’s time commitment for learning the language in and outside of the classroom.

There are many reasons to learn Turkish and the NYC Turkish Club is committed to offering the best language education to our students with our unique teaching methodology at the lowest price. You can check our homepage for more information on our Turkish classes in New York.

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