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The Turkish Language Explained for English Speakers: A Treatise on the Turkish Language and its Grammar Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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!
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?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book.a few typos but still very good. detailed and well explained.my most helpful Turkish language bookPublished 10 months ago by catherine bragg
I have been looking for a good Turkish grammar book for some time, and this book ended that search. Though, I have to say, it is not without flaws. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Sami Ali
I think it is far easier to understand if you already have a smattering of Turkish.Published 16 months ago by turkadin
Exactly what I was looking for, written in English by an English person - it explains the grammar perfectly and makes it so much easier to understand.Published 17 months ago by Essexdoll
After reading this text I feel more confident in my knowledge, an 'insider's' knowledge of the language. An easily accessible reference book. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Ivor Faulkner
Excellent reference book for the serious student of the Turkish language.Published 19 months ago by Alexis
Easy to read and understand beginners book of Turkish for English speakers.Published 23 months ago by Sian Francis