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The Turkish Language Explained for English Speakers: A Treatise on the Turkish Language and its Grammar by [Guise, John]
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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2067 KB
  • Print Length: 500 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: John Guise; 2 edition (24 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007D92HRU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #195,585 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 amazon.de.

John (if you read this): Congratulations on a great book. Please consider writing an accompanying workbook also.
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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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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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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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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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As mentioned in another review this is NOT SUITABLE FOR BEGINNERS. But it is very good for intermediate level.

Best thing is that it uses grammatical terms like "Suffix of Ownership", which are so much more memorable to a non-linguist like me than terms like "Genitive Case" (however the latter is in brackets after the former in case you like it).

I don't understand how there can still be so many typos when my copy says "Updated June 2015". I don't know whether Amazon print this on demand but if you paid me a lira for each typo I found I could very easily recoup the cost of this book even at today's exchange rate.

How about a free copy of the next edition for the first person to find another half dozen typos beyond those already found?
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