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Turkish: the language with no genders

Turkish, the official language of the Republic of Turkey, has no genders or noun classes.

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10 facts about the Turkish language


Turkish belongs to the Altaic language group which consists of more than 50 languages that are spoken by more than 135  million people.


Turkish has over 75 million speakers and is spoken in more than 30 countries.


Turkish is spoken in Turkey, Cyprus, the Middle East, and some parts of Europe.


There are 29 letters in the alphabet, all of which have a distinct sound.


Turkish is categorized into Old Turkish, Middle Turkish, Newer Turkish, and Modern Turkish.


Turkish has traces of other languages like Mongolian, Korean and Japanese.


The adjectives are used before the nouns in Turkish Grammar.


Old Turkish was written in the Arabic script but was later replaced by the Latin alphabet.


Verbs are traditionally used at the end of the sentence.


Honorifics and pronouns are used to convey politeness and courtesy towards others.

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Origin of the language

Turkish emerged in Mongolia.

History of the language

It is thought that it originated around 1300 years ago.

Learning the language

It takes 1100 hours to learn Turkish as an English speaker.

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Turkish language for beginners

These are ten basic words to start learning Turkish











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It’s not to be scared of the money that man earns, but the man who is earned by money.

Necip Fazıl Kısakürek

Turkish philosipher, poet, and Islamist thinker

It’s necessary to try the impossible, to see the limitations of the possibility.

Fatih Sultan Mehmet

Sultan of the Ottomans

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Fun facts about the Turkish language

The English Language has some Turkish words

‘Yogurt’ is originally a Turkish word, so it ‘kiosk’ and ‘kebab’.

The oldest traces of Turkish are found on the stone

The oldest written traces are seen on stone monuments in Central Asia, on the borders of modern-day Mongolia.

Turkish is named as one of the most important languages by the US

The US government has deemed Turkish as one of the most important languages in the world since Turkey owns a key position in between Europe and Asia.

Turkey is one of the most visited travel destinations for tourists

Tourists from all over the world visit Turkey for its rich history, scenic views, and affordable prices.

More people speak Turkish than both Greek and Italian combined

Boston University states there are over 60 million native speakers and 15 million who speak Turkish as a second language.

Knowing Turkish makes it easier to learn other languages

Since there are no gender differences in it, learning various languages can be made easier if you understand the varied words in Turkish.

The Turkish government had a language reform in 1932

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk removed the Arabic roots from the Turkish Language and adjusted it according to the Latin script instead.

Turkish was heavily influenced by Arabic, Persian, and Farsi

Turkish has been heavily influenced by Arabic and Farsi. It was also inspired by the French, and many of the French terminologies have been kept.

People address people with their respective titles

In Turkey, it is considered disrespectful to address people by their first names, hence titles like "uncle" and "auntie" are used instead.

Creation of the Turkish Language Association

The Turkish Language Association was founded in 1928 with the goal of removing foreign influences from the language and adding native terminology.

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