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The Turkish Language Explained for English Speakers

The Turkish Language Explained for English Speakers [Kindle Edition]

John Guise
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"The Turkish Language Explained for English Speakers."
This Treatise on the Turkish Language and its Grammar explains and answers some of the difficulties that the learner of Turkish may encounter along their way. This book focuses on understanding Turkish grammar and logic. Those who are interested in the whys and wherefores of Turkish will find amongst these pages the key to their particular problem of Turkish grammar and syntax. It covers the basics of Turkish and further expands knowledge and understanding of Turkish by using many examples with explanations. It does not contain any practice exercises or sound files as many of these type of basic Turkish grammar lessons can be found in other text books or on the world wide web. It is a book that will be used over the whole of the learning process from basic beginner through to intermediate and advanced stages of learning.

The contents of the 43 chapters range over:
Turkish Basic Grammar: Alphabet, Vowel Harmony, Agglutination, Consonant Mutation, Lack of Gender.
Intermediate: Nouns and Pronouns, Adjectives, Verbs and Tenses, Possessive Relationship and Possession.
Advanced: Verb Moods, Participles, Clauses, Spatials and Spatial Relationships, Word Formation in Turkish
Conversational Items: Time, Seasons, Numbers, Colours, Saying "Thankyou", About "buyurun", Expressing Need, Daily Interjections, Modes of Address, Turkish Sign Language, How to say "too much, too many", Daily Talk, Common Door Signs.
Glossaries: List of Daily Locutions, Daily Word List, Irregular Tense List, Turkish Single Syllable Verb List, Intensified Adjectives List.

About the Author

I first went to Turkey in the late seventies to work a Professional Chartered Engineer in the industrial vehicle sector. I worked in a large factory in the Mersinli area of Izmir, and later in a factory in Manisa. I could not speak Turkish at that time and most of the Turkish employees could not speak English to any great extent. So I made an effort to learn their language. Eventually my contract ended but as I had found the language so fascinating, I continued my studies back home in England. I was able eventually to pass the National Certificate Turkish Examinations and as I neared retirement I became a part-time lecturer in Turkish at my local Technical College in Coventry UK for a number of years. Eventually some years ago I emigrated from England and retired to live in New Zealand. I set up free Turkish teaching website (Manisa Turkish) as a thank you to my many Turkish friends and acquaintances who had helped me in many ways during my stay in Turkey while I was domiciled there. John Guise - Kawerau, New Zealand

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  • Publisher: John Guise; 1 edition (24 Feb 2012)
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  • Language: English
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John Guise is a 77 year old Turkophile born and raised in England. In his retirement he has settled in New Zealand. He has also set up a website, Manisa Turkish, which offers an easy way to learn Turkish for everybody.

John Guise first visited Turkey for a holiday in Alanya 1979. A year later he started to work in Manisa. Living in Izmir he worked as a Professional Technical Engineering Manager in a factory producing diesel engined industrial vehicles. Besides a daily journey from Izmir to the Manisa factory for two consecutive years, he also found time to visit Istanbul, Ankara, Bursa, Balikesir, Nevsehir, Ayvalik, Isparta and Bodrum for short holiday trips. At the end of his working contract he returned to his own country.

To show his gratitude to the Turkish people for various kindnesses shown to him, he decided to teach Turkish to fellow Language learners. In 2001 he passed the SOAS University examination in the Turkish language. After this he began to teach Turkish at his local Technical College at Coventry in the UK. He has also given private lessons in his own home.

John Guise himself had studied Latin and Greek in his own grammar school days. Also he can speak and write some French and Spanish. Before he began to work in Turkey he had said to himself, "I now have a chance to learn Turkish.." He states that because he already knew some languages then it was easier to assimilate Turkish.

His treatise "The Turkish Language Explained for English Speakers" is the result of his many years learning and teaching this fascinating language. In it he explains the various difficulties the learner may encounter along their learning curve. Many of these differences between English and Turkish are often glossed over or not even mentioned in many already published Language courses.

Grammar is kept to a minimum and explanations are clear and to the point. It is a book about the Turkish language and its grammar that you will keep by your side from your first lesson through intermediate and advanced stages of your studies.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem for serious students of Turkish 3 Jun 2012
By Mags
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This is a really useful book, written by an English person who is clearly as fascinated with the Turkish language as I am.

The author starts from the premise that if you have been educated in classical languages (as I was) then you will find some of the Turkish syntactical constructions difficult and he explains them in a way which was akin to light bulbs coming on in my brain!

It's not a "Teach Yourself" book really, because I think you would have to have a reasonable grounding in Turkish grammar (and, to a lesser extent, vocabulary) to get the best out of it but, for the serious student of Turkish, it seems to me to be a real gem.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for the beginner 18 Nov 2012
By ayse
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I have been learning Turkish for several years and had come to a bit of a standstill where I seemed to be having similar conversations all the time. I bought this book based on the reviews posted and I agree it is definitely not for anyone who doesn't have a good basic knowledge of the language - I wouldn't recommend it if you are a beginner. However, it is ideal if you just need to improve your skills especially in conjuction with a good dictionary for vocabulary. I must admit that I found some of the explanation such as having negative and positive verbs a bit strange, as most books would just describe agglutination to the one verb stem, but you get used to it. The book is easy to read which is great if especially like me , you learn by reading things over and over, although it did seem to me that some points were long drawn out and explained the same thing too repetitively. Great that it is on Kindle, and at a very reasonable price. Generally a good buy - does what it says on the tin.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Turkish grammer book on the market 19 May 2012
By sean
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I've been learning Turkish on&off for 8 years. I've visited the country many times and I've taken 2 beginner's courses. I don't think I learnt much at the courses, I found Pimsleur useful for basic pronunciation and basic grammer I learnt via "Teach Yourself".

I have looked both inside and outside Turkey for a good book on the language, and I am happy to say that I have finally found it! I think this book is fantastic, and it really "joins the dots" for many of the pieces I have in my head. I am writing this review from Turkey and having it available on a Kindle is even better, as I prefer to travel light. It is not the easiest language to learn, but John's book clearly explains may of the trickiest parts, including special descriptions for areas which are particularly difficult for English speakers.

It is a thorough treatment of the entire language but not dry & boring like other grammer books. It uses many examples and especially usefully, breaks the sentences down into the individual grammer components, as well as providing direct English translations. The direct (word for word) translations help one understand the completely different way in which Turks compose sentences: this is probably the hardest part of the language to master and John's method is very helpful.

I would recommend this book for any student of Turkish. For anyone who already has some basic understanding of the language it is the only reference book (other than a dictionary) you will need. For absolute beginners I would still recommend it, but I would also recommend a basic text like "Teach Yourself Turkish".

I am also using a workbook by Ali Akpinar & Katja Zehrfeld called "Turkish Grammer 1", available on

John (if you read this): Congratulations on a great book. Please consider writing an accompanying workbook also.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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There is nothing that compares to this book and Manisa website, for those who truly want to learn Turkish. I have kindle version (wish I bought iBooks version as the app is way better) and spend any and every spare minute recapping. Could not be more grateful to John Guise for every aspect.

My target is to understand the Turk TRT channel-they speak sooooo quickly, but for now am more than happy being understood in every situation that I have required so far.

Colloquial audible Turkish conversation is my only struggle now but I will progress. Thank you so much!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and Concise Turkish 28 April 2012
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I have bought many books on Turkish and this is certainly one of the best. It isn't for the raw beginner in my opinion, but if read in conjunction with John Guise's excellant free website [...],(Manisa Turkish) then together they make a powerful learning tool. Some Grammers use an awful lot of complicated English terms which I should have learnt at school, but either didn't, or have now forgotten. John Guise uses easy language. Where there are difficulties, he explains them and often repeats explanations. Some Grammers assume that just because they have explained something once, then you are going to know it.With me it takes a bit of repetition and I am sure I am not in the minority. He often goes over rules etc and drops in helpful reminders. The style of the book, clearly shows the writer has had the same struggles in learning Turkish that we all have, so you feel the tips and advice are really relevant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Turkish language explained. 17 May 2014
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This is helping me to understand a very difficult language. I recommend this book to all students to try and to enjoy.
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