Turkish for Beginners

Learn the basics of Turkish from a native speaker of Turkish and Fulbright Teaching Assistant at University of Texas!
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  • Lectures 19
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 12/2014 English

Course Description

Think about a country that has been inhabited since the paleolithic age and the huge cultural heritage this situation brings to it! Turkey is one of those countries with a rich background and its language, Turkish, is one of the languages one should definitely learn to understand the culture and history of this area better. And because Turkey has been blooming in terms of economy, education and business, learning Turkish will open many doors for you! This course, Turkish for Beginners, consists of 19 lectures and 3 quizzes, starting from the very first step in Turkish.

I've been teaching Turkish as a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at University of Texas at Austin to many students from different backgrounds. There have been Americans, Norwegians, Greeks and Spanish people. So it means that irrespective of your native language, you can easily succeed in Turkish! And it also means that I have experience in teaching my own language to others.

I use explicit grammar explanation in my lectures. The first reason for this is that this course is designed to teach you Turkish in an academic way. You can learn daily phrases in Turkish anywhere, you can easily find them by google'ing. However, I try to make you understand the basics of the Turkish grammar so that you can build on it on your own. Second reason for explicit explanation is that I believe learning a language is like solving a puzzle. Rather than memorizing chunks and word phrases that you take for granted but do not question (and easily forget, as a result), learning the logic of that language helps you perform the functions of every skill: Reading, listening, speaking and writing. I know English and Italian and I've taken German and French and I will learn Spanish in 2 months. So this fact can also count as the third reason, I know some languages and I've followed the same way I teach: explanations. If you have a curious mind, you will love this course!

I use PowerPoint slides with my own narration and English translations.

You should be able to finish this course in 15 days, but it will take time for all the materials to be automatically produced, so give yourself an additional 15 days to review. Throughout the whole course, you are more than welcome to contact me. Good luck!


What are the requirements?

  • You just have to be curious and hard-working!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Recognize the Turkish alphabet and Turkish sounds
  • Ask where someone is from and tell where they are from in Turkish
  • Use most common question words in Turkish
  • Form positive, negative and interrogative noun sentences in Turkish
  • Learn a lot of vocabulary words, ranging from jobs and basic verbs to numbers and family members
  • Ask how old someone is, learn numbers and tell their own ages
  • Learn possessive structures in Turkish
  • Learn 5 different noun cases used in Turkish
  • Learn "There is / There isn't" in Turkish (which is also used for the verb "to have")
  • Form positive, negative and interrogative forms in Present Continuous Tense in Turkish

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is designed for people who appreciate explicit grammar explanations.
  • This course teaches Turkish in an academic way. This course is NOT consisted of common Turkish phrases that you can already find online. It goes deep in structures and it will build a grammatical base in your Turkish, rather than teaching you only a few phrases you will quickly forget.
  • This course will open new doors for you since Turkey is blooming in terms of tourism, economy and education
  • If you already know Arabic and/or Persian, learning Turkish will be a great asset in Middle East, in addition to these languages.

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Section 1: Introduction to Turkish

You will learn how to greet in Turkish for different times of the day, ask people how they are, ask their names and tell your name.

Subjects in Turkish
Turkish Alphabet
1 page

Dear Students, there is a PDF file here on Vowel Harmony in Turkish. Please review it before moving further. Thanks!

Asking where someone is from, some countries and nationalities
Question Words in Turkish
Positive and Negative Noun Sentences
Yes / No questions in Noun Sentences
Jobs in Turkish and Pluralization Rules
Some basic verbs in Turkish and infinitives in Turkish

Correction: On slide 4, the second "O kaç yaşında" should have been "Onlar kaç yaşında(lar)?". Sorry for this mistake. NY

Quiz on First Section
5 questions
Section 2: Possessives and Cases in Turkish
2 pages

You may want to review this PDF before starting to study this section. This PDF has the vocabulary list that you will see in the presentations in this section.

Possessive Relations in Turkish
Accusative Case (-ı, -i, -u, -ü), Softening and Buffer Sounds "n" and "y"
Dative Case (-a, -e), Locative Case (-de, -da, -te, -ta) and Ablative Case
Quiz on Dative, Locative and Ablative Cases in Turkish
1 question
Section 3: There is / There isn't and Family Members in Turkish
2 pages
  • You may want to review this PDF before starting to study this section. This PDF has the vocabulary list that you will see in the presentations in this section.
There is / There isn't in Turkish
Family Members in Turkish
Quiz on There is / There isn't and Family Members in Turkish
7 questions
Section 4: Present Continuous Tense in Turkish

Here are some words you need to know in this presentation:

Türkçe İngilizce
Uyumak To sleep
Koşmak To run
Yürümek To walk
Çalışmak To work, to try
Ödev yapmak To do homework
Gülmek To smile
Almak To take, to buy

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Instructor Biography

Nihan Yilmaz, Fulbright Foreign Language Assistant for Turkish at University of Texas at Austin

I was born and raised in Ankara, Turkey.

I graduated from the Department of English Language Teaching, Middle East Technical University in 2012 (I finished university in 3.5 years instead of 4 years with a GPA of 3.40 out of 4.00)

I Completed my M.A. degree on English Language Teaching in Gazi University in 2014 (with a GPA of 3.63 out of 4.00) and wrote my Master's thesis on Corrective Feedback.

I've been working as a lecturer of English at Hacettepe University for 2.5 years now.

For this academic year 2014-2015, I am working as a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant for Turkish at University of Texas at Austin. So I am literally teaching my native language to Americans!

I have taken TÜBİTAK (Turkey's National Council for Research), Turkish Government and Fulbright scholarships for my success.

I know English and Italian, and I will learn Spanish next semester. My interests are traveling (I have been to Japan, Austria, Germany, Czech Republic and the US), making research about linguistics and language education (and present them in national and international conferences), learning languages, reading, listening to music and doing sport.

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