Turkish is a member of the Turkic language family and the descendant of Ottoman Turkish and Old Anatolian Turkish from the late 11th century AD. After much influence in words and grammar from languages like Arabic and Persian, Old Turkish evolved and was soon written in the Arabic script. It was after the founding of the Turkish Republic in 1923 when the Latin alphabet took over the Arabic script in 1928. The language was greatly improved and even after several disputes, Turkish vocabulary was stripped of any foreign elements. Eventually, a new literary language was formed leading to what is known today as modern Turkish.
Turkish is believed to be spoken by approximately 78 million people in the world, according to Babbel. 75 million of these speak Turkish as a first language, while the remaining speak it as a second or third.
Where is Turkish Spoken?
Did you know that Turkish is linguistically similar to Japanese, Korean and Hungarian?
Did you Know?
“The oldest records of written Turkish were found on stone monuments in Central Asia, the Orhun Yenisey and Talas regions in Mongolia, dating back to 725, 732 and 735 AD.”
4 Easy Phrases in Turkish!
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Turkish Translation Tips
• Unlike English sentences, which are more verb-centric, Turkish sentences are typically more noun / subject centric.
• Remember that Turkish verbs are placed at the end of a sentence!
• Bear in mind that two vowels or two consonants hardly follow each other.
• Don’t forget that when attaching a suffix to a proper noun, you must use an apostrophe to separate the suffix from the word.
• Turkish has three different buffer letters – they are ‘y’,’n’ and ‘s’.