Weird Turkish Letters
Lesson 18noobie Turkish Noobie
Weird Turkish Letters
Turkish has some letters that English doesn't. Don't let that scare you - in fact, it has an extremely simple phonetic system that you can learn to read in an afternoon.
Unique Turkish letters.
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Your site is great, but it would be less confusing if you spelled out the pronunciation of words using IPA rather than the way it sounds in American English. I'm an American, but the way you write the pronunciation confuses me at times. Thanks!
Jun 06, 2013
Yeah, you are absolutely correct. This is the only lesson where we attempted an English phonetic transliteration, and I think your suggestion makes a lot more sense than what we came up with. I'll replace some of the content in this lesson soon with what you've suggested.

Thanks so much :D
Jun 10, 2013
I liked teshekurler
Jul 08, 2013
The ö and ü will be the death of me...sigh...
Aug 20, 2013
as always great job thanks to you my teachers
Aug 22, 2013
I really like this page! you are doing a great job!
for the first time i am not lazy to study Turkish on my own.
Aug 29, 2013
The "fun" video is not available anymore. :D
Oct 28, 2013
Alright! Just replaced it. Hope you enjoy it ;-)
Oct 28, 2013
Great fun page, but I've lost all concentration now!
Dec 07, 2013
i love Justin , very good lesson , thanks
Dec 29, 2013
Here's a way that I have learned to practice the ö and ü. For ü, you want to make your lips as if you were going to pronounce oo and with your mouth like that, instead pronounce an ee sound. For ö round your lips as if you are going to pronounce an o but instead pronounce e (like e as in bet). Practicing this will help you get the feel of what the mouth and tongue need to do to make the sounds.
Mar 09, 2014
Kelli, Thanks! The instructions you gave for ü are the very same ones my college French teacher taught us years ago. I'll have to try your ö technique now.
May 08, 2014
John Öğrenci
You should keep practising ö and ü by saying the word colour (British English) in the manner it was once spoken co+l+oo+uur,
colour British is actually French.

Do not use American color (Americans abandoned French pronunciation) and people in The U.K rarely say colour now they say color. But they can if pushed easily say Colour.

I have discovered that ö and ü are more difficult for Americans not so much for U.K speakers.
Jun 11, 2014
to my ears :

ü = ew
ö = er
Nov 22, 2014
I was advised that the following for the ö pronunciation:

Try think of the ö as "ir" in "first".. works for british english anyway.

And the ü ... try ü as the "u" in "cute"
Mar 31, 2015
You mentioned jet gibi gidin is a slang phrase but I did not catch the meaning. Could you please explain what this means? Thank you!
Dec 08, 2015
Thanks so much for these lessons! They are great and we are really enjoying learning Turkish. My wife and I live in Costa Rica and have wondered about accents. In Spanish, the accents are always marked out. How do we know which syllables to accentuate in Turkish? Is there are rule?
Jan 11, 2016
Hi, me again:-)
Review, "yakın mı" question. Logically "where?" so why not Lokativ "uzakta"?

Apr 11, 2017
Sure - but that's not one of the options :)
Apr 11, 2017
I'm still unclear as to what the phrase "gibi gidin" means.. can you please give a quick explanation of it?
Aug 29, 2017

"gibi gidin" by itself doesn't really mean anything. You have to include "jet" - "jet gibi gidin."

Jet means jet (as in "plane")
Gibi means "like" (as in "like a jet")
Gidin is the polite "siz" form of the command "git"

So, all together, "go like a jet" - i.e. go very quickly.

If the two were friends, you would hear "jet gibi git."

Hope that clears it up!
Aug 29, 2017
Okay yeah that makes more sense. Can it be used in other contexts. For example, at gibi gidin?
Aug 31, 2017
Sure! Two that come to mind:

Su gibi gidin. (Go like the water.)
Rüzgar gibi gidin. (Go like the wind.)
Sep 04, 2017
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Feb 24, 2018
why the fun video is not available
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