interesting content for learning Turkish
Cosmo678 5520 2295 27697
Hi,

I would like to start learning Turkish with Lingq in the next months.
I checked Lingq but couldn’t find much interesting material beyond the beginner level.
I already started with Assimil and Teach Yourself.
What are you (Lingq Turkish learners) using in order to improve? Do you know any interesting sources in the internet (with Text and audio)?
Many thanks for giving some advice!
June 2014
  • zbrntt 5712
    Hi,

    Hi Cosmo678. Thanks for your post! I'd be very interested to hear what other people are using, too.

    I'm an intermediate learner, and it's been difficult for me to find good Turkish material with both text and audio. Mostly I've been taking material from newspaper sites on the net and just using the text. Recently I've also started scanning in and reading other things, as private lessons. I've been planning to ask a Turkish friend to record some of my lessons, but haven't got around to it, so my listening practice is almost non-existent.

    The Colloquial Turkish course on LingQ isn't bad and has some more advanced lessons. For audio (without the text) at different levels you could also check out turkishteatime.com. You have to subscribe to their site to get both audio and text for the lessons, but you can get just the audio for free on iTunes. Unfortunately they don't seem to be updating any more, but there are a lot of older programs you can work through. I guess you could try transcribing them as writing practice.

    Any other suggestions out there?
    June 2014
  • Cosmo678 5520 2295 27697
    Hi Zbrntt,

    Many thanks for your post. It’s interesting to hear that you have the same problems as I have.
    I have text without audio or audio without text. I hope some other learners will write about their experiences.
    June 2014
  • zbrntt 5712
    I hope so too, though people are a bit quiet!

    Out of interest I looked at the Turkish progress of a few learners in the Turkish learners board. Most of us have lots of reading but zero hours of listening. It really seems to be a problem to get good texts with audio. One solution, I guess, is for us to open up our private libraries and make some exchange requests for recordings. That would boost the Turkish library for everyone.
    July 2014
  • zbrntt 5712
    Cosmo678: I've also just rediscovered this site:

    http://langmedia.fivecolleges.edu/culturetalk/t...

    These are authentic recordings of Turkish people talking about various topics related to everyday life. You can get video, audio and the transcript from the site. It would be nice to put some of these in LingQ, but I don't know about copyright issues.

    Finally, here is a good list of resources that I'm working through:

    http://www.turkishclass.com/forumTitle_22196

    (There are lots of extra ideas in the comments.)

    July 2014
  • Cosmo678 5520 2295 27697
    @Zbrntt
    Many thanks. Really very interesting material. That will keep me busy for some time.
    This could be interesting too:
    http://www.turkishlisteninglibrary.com/handcraf...

    I hope to start in a few weeks with Lingq.
    You’re right the people learning Turkish are very quiet. I even have the impression; there are only a few studying on regular basis.
    July 2014
  • zbrntt 5712
    Hi,

    The dw.de site looks really interesting: thank you! I like the fact that the podcasts are daily and in good, clear language. The level is good for me, so this could be a great resource.

    People are pretty quiet here, but maybe they're just shy. This thread has had about 250 views!
    July 2014
  • Cosmo678 5520 2295 27697
    I am glad to hear I could help you with those podcast and that they have a good level for you. It seems to me (a very, very beginner ) that those podcasts have a high level. How long have you been studying Turkish?
    July 2014
  • zbrntt 5712
    Hi,

    I've been living here since 2001. I've picked up the language informally, which means I have a lot of holes! Actually the benefit of these particular podcasts is that the language is quite clear and not too fast (unfortunately this is not true for some of the other podcasts above). These are easier for me to understand than regular TV or films. That fact that this is factual material also means that there is less slang.
    July 2014