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How to avoid 5 Common Mistakes made by Beginners Learning Turkish

Beginners Learning Turkish

For some, learning a new language seems to come naturally. For others the entire process feels more like a tooth and nail struggle. However if you’ve had a negative experience learning Turkish at one point and time, don’t let that discourage you from trying again.

The truth is that learning Turkish (or any language for that matter) is never easy, but it’s definitely possible. Sometimes the difference between success and failure has less to do with your abilities or talents, and a lot more to do with the way you look at things.

In this post we’re going to look at how to dodge 5 serious mistakes often made by students learning Turkish.

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1. Listen before you speak

Being slow to speak and quick to listen is good life advice whether or not you’re learning a foreign language. Effective listening is essential to communication. As a beginner there is a tendency to concentrate so much on what you’re going to say and how you’re going to say it, that you can completely miss the meaning or heart of what the other person is trying to communicate.

Not only will this impair your ability to listen in Turkish, but it will also stall what little conversation you had going. Remember that conversations are a two way street. If you’re speaking more than listening then you actually have more of a monologue on your hands rather than a dialogue.

The inputs of language learning (listening and reading) are just as important as the outputs (speaking and writing). For a beginner inputs are even more crucial, as they are the main way you acquire new vocabulary. I’ll even go so far to say that for new students the best method for learning Turkish involves more listening than it does speaking. Though that may change with higher proficiency levels.

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2. Don’t be embarrassed when you do speak

Our next mistake comes from the other side of the spectrum, where new Turkish learners are too scared or embarrassed to contribute to a conversation. The fear of making mistakes and embarrassing yourself can paralyze your Turkish learning.

It’s vital to remember that everyone makes mistakes. Even native Turkish speakers had to find their way through the language when they were children. Making mistakes while learning Turkish is inevitable, but it’s also a good thing. The faster you make mistakes, the quicker you can correct them and move on with your learning.

So instead of being afraid to make mistakes, try looking at them as steps toward progress. In reality that’s what they really are.

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3. Don’t major on minors

If taken in all at once the Turkish language can feel like an overwhelming language to learn. It’s so easy get discouraged by all your little mistakes and conversational mishaps that you lose sight of the progress you’re making.

In addition to mistakes you’ll also come across plateaus, where you study and practice consistently but don’t see any results for a significant amount of time. But whether you face errors or plateaus remember that these things are minor obstacles on the road to fluency. The major obstacle is not to give up and stick with it.

If you stay persistent your mistakes will get corrected and your abilities will improve, but if you slow down or throw in the towel completely; then you will either subvert your progress in Turkish or nix it altogether. So remember that as long as you’re still studying and learning the language you can’t lose. It might feel like you’re losing for a little while, but hang in there.

A practical way to help you stay motivated is to make small weekly goals. Research shows that goal setting has a significant impact on learning. Try picking one aspect of Turkish grammar or a collection of new words or Turkish phrases to study for the next 7 days. At the end of the week check your progress and measure your success. Setting little benchmarks like this will give you a rightful sense of accomplishment.

4. Remember that immersion isn’t magical

A lot of people think that by moving to a foreign country they will learn the language by osmosis. But whether you learn Turkish abroad or at home you still need to study and practice the language. Living in Turkey gives you way more opportunities to do this than staying at home, but if you don’t consciously take advantage of these opportunities living abroad won’t benefit your language learning.

If you’re an expat living in a foreign country there is a natural inclination to hang around other expats. Learning a language and living in a foreign culture is hard and uncomfortable. For better or worse we’re often drawn to the easier road. If you made the decision to learn Turkish abroad then you want to hang out with Turkish speaking people as much as possible. You have the rest of your life to be with English speakers. This doesn’t mean ignore your expat friends. Just be sure that you’re giving proper attention to your language learning.

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5. Be open minded

Languages are better lived than they are learned. When learning Turkish your English speaking brain will want to conform Turkish grammar and vocabulary to English norms and grammar rules. Ignore your brain on this one. At first you might feel completely wrong saying a Turkish sentence that is in fact correct.

After a certain point in language learning there is a switch that goes off, when your brain finally realizes that you’re not speaking English but another language altogether. This could take a while though, especially if Turkish is your first foreign language. Until then do what you know is right in Turkish even if it feels like you’re going against the grain.

The same goes for Turkish culture. Just as you want to open to the differences in the language, don’t forget to be open to the differences in the culture too.

Final thoughts

Turkish is a wonderfully beautiful language. I hope this post helped you shift your thinking and approach learning the Turkish language in a way that will help you become fluent faster. I also hope you’ll learn to enjoy the journey toward fluency and savor the language for its own sake (that’s probably the biggest language learning secret there is!).

3 Reasons Why Successful Students Learn Turkish In the Car

Not only is it possible to learn Turkish in your car, there are 3 great benefits that will help you master the language faster and with less effort.

With everyone so pressed for time these days, it might seem like a daydream to believe that you could learn Turkish in your car—but it’s not! Thanks to a wide range of new technologies and resources, learning a language in your car is easier than ever. Not only is it easy to learn a language while driving, there are actually a number of benefits, especially if the lessons are part of a structured learning program like TurkishClass101. Here are three specific benefits to learning Turkish or any other new language in your car.

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1. Transform Downtime into Progress

How much time do you spend commuting to and from work? Learning a language in your car transforms your commute time into tangible progress towards your dream. So instead of being stressed over how much time you are “wasting” on errands and daily commutes, you can decompress and have some fun while you learn Turkish in your car!

2. Daily Exposure Leads to Passive Learning

Practice makes perfect and learning a new language is no different. The daily exposure you get when you learn Turkish while driving helps improve listening comprehension, pronunciation, and of course helps build vocabulary and improve grammar. Don’t worry: You don’t need to memorize everything as you listen in Turkish while driving. Just having continuous exposure to a foreign language helps you improve your vocabulary, learn faster, and ultimately retain more through passive learning.


3. Learning While Driving is Fun

Learning a new language does require a serious commitment, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun! When you learn Turkish in your car, you get to take some time away from the PC or smartphone and immerse yourself in the language instead of just “studying” it.

Plus, there are a number of “fun” activities that you can do and still learn in your car, such as:
- Singing Along with Turkish Songs
- Playing Word Games or Trivia
- Just Listening Along and Seeing How Much You Can Pick Up and Understand

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Yes, you can learn a language while driving and have loads of fun doing it. Now let’s take a look at some specific things you can listen to while driving to help you learn a new language.

BONUS: 3 Ways to Learn Turkish in Your Car

-Listen to Podcasts: Typically designed to focus on one topic or lesson, podcasts are a great way to learn a language while driving. Unfortunately, podcasts are rarely at the same listening/comprehension level as the language learner so listeners may not get their full value. But at TurkishClass101, our podcasts are created for every skill level so you don’t waste any time on material that isn’t relevant or suited to your exact needs.

-Sing Along to Turkish Songs: Remember, just immersing yourself in a language can create passive learning and improve your pronunciation. Plus, with TurkishClass101, you can sing along and memorize the lyrics, and then look the words up and add them to your personal dictionary.

-Playing Word Games or Trivia: There are audio games available online that you can download to any media device and listen to on your commute. Although we recommend this option for more advanced users, games are a fun and productive way to learn Turkish in your car because they require listening and comprehension skills.

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You won’t recognize or understand every word you hear in a Turkish song, podcast, or game—but that’s ok. The daily repetition and immersion in the language leads to passive learning that gradually increases your knowledge of vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation. And the greater your foundation in grammar and vocabulary, the more you’ll understand and learn from the audio lessons, podcasts, or whatever you listen to while learning Turkish in your car.

Yes, you can learn Turkish while driving because it leads to passive learning via daily immersion in the language. Although you may not understand all or even most of what you hear at first, the exposure helps improve pronunciation, vocabulary, and even grammar over time. Learning a language while driving also helps transform your commute into exciting “exotic adventures” that secretly teach you Turkish in the process. Podcasts, songs, and even games can all help you learn Turkish in your car while eliminating the “boring commute” in the process!

At TurkishClass101, we have more than 2500+ HD audio lessons and podcasts for every skill level that you can download and use to learn Turkish while driving!
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