The Turkish language is spread over a large geographical area in Europe and
Asia; it is spoken in numereous dialects, namely in the Azeri, the Turkmen,
the Tartar, the Uzbek, the Baskurti; the Hogay, the Kyrgyz, the Kazakh, the
Yakuti, the Guvas dialects and others. The Turkish which is spoken
in Turkey represents that of the Turkish language group coming from the southwest
branch of the Uralic-Altaic language family. The oldest written records of Turkish
are found upon stone monuments in Central Asia, in the Orhun, Yenisey and Talas
regions within the boundaries of present day Mongolia, and belong to the years
725, 732 and 735 A.D. After the formation of the Turkish Republic in 1923 and
following the achievement of national unity, a Latin alphabet using Turkish
phonetics was adopted (in 1928) and the Arabic alphabet was abolished in Turkey.
It is important to add that Turkish can be a difficult language to master both in grammar and in pronunciation. The language is very phonetic and is read exactly the way it is written. Do not give up, for once you get the hang of the verb conjugations and learn how to pronounce a clean "softened g" in a word, you're on your way to chatting yourself silly!
Turkish is very easy to read since it is read as written. If you know the sounds of the letters you can read but not understand! And finally the well known Language Courses in Istanbul and Ankara are listed in our yellow pages
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