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, then learning Turkish becomes easy and a lot of fun.
Why isn't Turkish difficult to learn?
The challenges in learning Turkish
Learning a 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 be much easier than learning Turkish for a native 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 than some other non-western languages, such as Russian, Arabic, and Chinese.
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.