The Turkish Alphabet
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The Turkish Alphabet
The building blocks of Turkish, and the easiest part of the language. Every letter makes one sound and always makes the same sound. Thanks, Turkish!
The alphabet.
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Jul 13, 2013
I want to know some of the turkish before going on a small vacation to turkey. so that I can converse there or atleast understand what locals tell me.
Jul 13, 2013
I want some dialogue for salutation
Jul 15, 2013
Definitely check out Lesson 1, as well as all of our other newbie lessons. Those all focus more on phrases and basic vocabulary than grammar. If there's anything you want in particular, definitely just let us know :)
Jul 15, 2013
i found the alphabets of turkish language very easy to learn... this is nice place to learn turkish language .
Jul 17, 2013
easy to learn just like arabic
Aug 01, 2013
'dotted' u is my worst nightmare! this is great!
Aug 02, 2013
im having trouble to pronounce the dotted "u" . also, im confuse with the silent "g" . is it always a silent or an "h" sound. and on the book I read it is "y" sound when the vowel before it is e-type.please help to clarify. thanks a lot
Sep 16, 2013
Yeah, I had a lot of trouble with that ü sound, as well. The best advice I can give is to use our vocab section to listen to ü words and repeat them over and over again. I promise, it will come.

I've never heard that ğ can make a y sound, and that doesn't match with anything I've ever heard. I wonder where you came across that? It's *always* silent, but it does elongate the sound just before it slightly. So, "dağ" (mountain) sounds more like dah-ah. "Köpeğim" (my dog) sounds more like kö-pe-e-im. It's subtle, but definitely noticeable.
Sep 16, 2013
Öğrenci, Koshan
easy :)
Mar 09, 2014
John Öğrenci
If you're an English speaker do not look at the spelling of a word whilst you are listening to, or repeating that word. Do this for a while and then your accent gets closer to a turk and less like a struggling noble. Because your ears will hear Turkish and your eyes will see English letters, and your brain will become confused sometimes saying a turkish letter and other times saying an English letter, within one word .

For example the learner books say to pronounce the Turkish letter ç like the English ch in church (it is a little similar) but actually it is pronounced like a turk pronounces a ç listen and repeat listen and repeat and do it faster and faster until at normal Turkish speakers speed.

Turks do not actually say english ch+ turkish 0+ turkish k they say ç+o+k as per the turkish alphabet . listen and repeat that's how i overcame.

We can not say to a Turk to pronounce English church like turkish ç+ English ur + Turkish ç (it doesn't work like that)
Jun 01, 2014
This is very good advice. Thanks for posting it.
Jun 02, 2014
hey Justin! how do you make the th sound?
Oct 30, 2014
Hi, and thank you so much for these lessons! They really help me keep my motivation up. Just one note, a diphthong isn't just two letters spoken as one, it's specifically two vowel sounds forming part of the same syllable. So two consonants can never be a diphthong. (
May 30, 2017
Hi Pampelius! Thanks very much for letting me know that. I'm glad to be corrected :)
May 31, 2017
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