Turkish is the mother tongue of 90% of Turkish citizens. Being able to conduct even a very basic conversation is the best and most rewarding way to connect with the locals and their culture, and is often enough to earn the admiring Turkish observation that “he who speaks two languages is two people”.
As is so often the case in Turkey, this needs to be earned the hard way. Turkish is a delightful but dizzying combination of East Asian grammar, a Latin alphabet, and Persian vocabulary, with a bit of Arabic, Greek, and French thrown in for good measure. But despite its international heritage, Turkish is a surprisingly regular, grammatically consistent language, meaning that once you get your head around the basics you are well on the way to becoming conversational, which your local shopkeepers and baristas will be happy to help you with.
To get past the basics, it is advisable and common practice to sign up for a Turkish course, most of which are designed to get newcomers up to speed quickly. Get to know fellow yebancis (foreigners) at a group lesson, or take private one-on-one lessons if you want to supercharge your Turkish experience from the get-go.
Our offices are spread across town and offer a range of learning options, including home visits, online lessons, and group classes for all ages and levels.