Turkish language

Oghuz Turkic language of the Turkish people

Turkish (Türkçe) or Anatolian Turkic is a language officially spoken in Turkey and Northern Cyprus. The language is also spoken by several million ethnic Turkish immigrants in Europe.

Turkish
Türkçe
Pronunciation[ˈt̪yɾkˌtʃe]
Native toAlbania, Azerbaijan,[1] Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Iraq, Kosovo, Lebanon, Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Northern Cyprus, Palestine, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Syria,[2] Turkey, Uzbekistan,
and by immigrant communities in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States and other countries of the Turkish diaspora
RegionAnatolia, Cyprus, Balkans, Caucasus, Central Europe, Western Europe
Native speakers
over 77 million worldwide
Latin alphabet (Turkish variant)
Official status
Official language in
 Turkey,
 Cyprus,
 Northern Cyprus
Recognised minority
language in
Regulated byTurkish Language Association
Language codes
ISO 639-1tr
ISO 639-2tur
ISO 639-3tur
Map of Turkish Language.svg
Countries where the Turkish language is official
A girl speaking Turkish

Turkish is a Turkic language. Turkish is most closely related to other Turkic languages, including Azerbaijani, Turkmen, Uzbek, Kyrgyz and Kazakh. Another theory is that it is one of the many Altaic languages, which also include Japanese, Mongolian, and Korean.

Turkish used to be written with the Arabic alphabet from about 900 to 1928. However, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk changed it to the Latin alphabet. The Turkish government justified the move as making Turkish much easier to learn to increase literacy. The literacy rate indeed increased greatly after the reform, from around 10.5% (in 1927)[3] to over 90% (today). Some say that the move was also to distance the country from the Ottoman Empire, whose documents can no longer be read except by a few scholars.

The Latin alphabet was made to reflect the actual sounds of spoken Turkish, rather than simply transcribing the old Ottoman Arabic script into a new form. The Turkish alphabet has 29 letters, seven of which (Ç, Ğ, I, İ, Ö, Ş, and Ü) have been modified from their Latin originals for the phonetic requirements of the language. It represents modern Turkish pronunciation with a high degree of accuracy and specificity. It is the current official alphabet and the latest in a series of distinct alphabets used in different eras.

Simple phrasesEdit

  • Merhaba = Hello (formal)
  • Selam = Hello
  • Nasılsın? = How are you?
  • İyiyim = I'm fine
  • Teşekkür ederim = Thank you (formal)
  • Teşekkürler = Thanks
  • Sağ ol = Thank you
  • Benim adım ... = My name is ...
  • Türkçe bilmiyorum. = I don't speak Turkish.
  • İngilizce biliyor musunuz? = Do you speak English?
  • Tekrarlar mısınız? = Can you repeat?
  • Evet = Yes
  • Hayır = No
  • Belki = Maybe
  • Biraz = A little
  • Acıktım. = I'm hungry.
  • Dur! = Stop!
  • Yapma! = Don't do it!
  • İstemiyorum. = I don't want it.
  • Tabii = Sure
  • Bekledim. = I waited.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Taylor & Francis Group (2003). Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia 2004. Routledge. p. 114. ISBN 978-1857431872. Retrieved 2008-03-26.
  2. "Syrian Turks".
  3. "Cumhuriyetten sonra kadınların okur yazarlık oranı nedir?"