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Learning Turkish Language Difficulties

Merciless Turkish Language Vocabulary

It ain't fair...
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Turkish Language-learning pages:
  • How To Learn Basic Turkish --
    A Practical Philosophy for beginners

    (Found in the 'Introduction to The Whole Earth Catalog of Turkish Movies'.)
  • Why Off-color language is important too...
  • Translating Turkish, the basics
  • Translating Turkish, advanced
  • Essential Turkish Vocabulary
  • Turkish Verbs
  • Essential Idioms, Index
  • Essential Suffixes, Index
  • Sentence Structure, Standard
  • Sentence Structure Variations
  • Turkish Pronunciation
  • Turkish Accenting
  • Turkish Numbers Revealed
  • Other Turkish Language Difficulties
  • The Turkish Vocabulary is
    just tooo hard (we say, whiningly...)

    Memory Hooks are hard to find

    For instance, take yakışık and yaklaşık -- and many other examples too numerous to mention...OK, just a few, then...

    These two words look and sound too much alike -- with meanings that are far removed from each other. The first means 'proper' and second means 'approximate'. To add to the confusion, yakışıklı doesn't mean 'properly', it means 'handsome' !

    But sounding and looking alike isn't the worst of it.
    After all -- English suffers on that account too.

    The worst is trying to find the "memory hooks" that we're so used to using. I mean, how is a poor English speaker supposed to remember these two words? Where are the "memory hooks"?

    Can I remember that the first word means proper because the 4th letter is "i" instead of "l"? Puleeze, mister...do you call that a "memory hook"?

    I keep looking for a similarity to English (or at least a nice, familiar Latin or Romantic language base) to latch onto, but they aren't that easily found or concocted...

    So you just have to commit much of Turkish vocabulary to memory -- without the friendly hooks. And at my age (uhhh, more than 30) -- this is not so easy.

    Pay strict attention to the letters

    Words like yakışık and yaklaşık are just the tip of the iceberg!

    What about (meaning point, extremity) and üç (meaning three)? Or acık (meaning grief) and açık (meaning open)? Do you see the tiny differences in the letters? Have I made my point yet?

    You say you need a few more examples...?

    • ihtira means invention
    • ihtiram means respect, veneration
    • ihtiras means strong longing, passion
    • itiraz means objection

    Now, can you imagine saying to your lover that you have an "objection" to her when you really have a "passion" for her? Or to your boss that you have a "passion" for him when it's "respect" you meant? Or that you'd like to obtain a patent for your "strong longing" when you really want to get one for your "invention"? Well, it's easy to do in Turkish!

    Our all-time favorite
    Turkish Language memory confounders...

    • karşı -- opposite, contrary, opposed, against
    • karşı karşıya -- face to face
    • karşılayıcı -- a welcomer
    • karşılamak -- to greet, meet, welcome
    • karşılama -- a greeting, meeting, welcoming
    • karşılaşmak -- to meet one another
    • karşılaşma -- a sporting event
    • karşılaştırmak -- to compare
    • karşılaştırma -- a comparison
    • karşılaştırmalı -- comparative

    Anyone got some good "memory hooks" for that list...?!


    Or, do you care to follow the next link, to learn about
    an outrageous memorization technique...



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