Beginning Turkish

By Prof. András J E Bodrogligeti

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Watch video and learn about greetings, shopping, food, dining out, weather, education, literature, holiday traditions, and more.  With our specially designed video player for language learning you can pause the video at any point and scroll the transcription. Read annotations about culture and grammar. Click on almost any word or sentence to hear it spoken, along with translations.   This course can be used either by independent learners or by students in a traditional or self-instructional classroom setting, and is the equivalent of the material covered in a one-year college course.  

Classroom-Tested and Peer-Reviewed

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Beginning Turkish was developed and peer-reviewed by Turkish language experts, and used by college students as their textbook.  Beginning Turkish was originally published as part of the well-reviewed University of Arizona Critical Languages Series. We’ve added many tablet and mobile-friendly features. The course contains 20 lessons featuring 29 videos of native speakers with transcriptions, translations, and annotations. Includes 9400 word and sentence audio recordings.

Just $9.99/month! (3 month minimum).

Multiple Choice, Fill in the blank, and Listening Dictation exercises are provided for each lesson. A searchable audio glossary with thousands of words and translations helps you find every occurrence of a word or part of a word in all of the lessons. A custom on-screen keyboard is provided for Turkish. Sign Up Today

Our interactive video player for language learning

Try one of the sample lessons below with video, transcriptions, annotations, translations, and individual word and sentence audio recordings:


  1. Okul (School) , Try a Listening Dictation Exercise or Audio Flashcards
  2. Merhaba (Hello) , Try Audio Flashcards
  3. Biraz üşütmüşüm (I have a cold)
  4. Karakolda (At the police station)
  5. Ankara’dan mektup (A letter from Ankara)
  6. Telefon numarası (Telephone number)
  7. Saat kaç? (What time is it?)
  8. Arabanızı bulduk (We found your car)
  9. Trafik kazası (Traffic accident)
  10. Kaç kardeşsiniz? (How many siblings do you have?)
  11. Geçmiş Olsun (May it soon pass)
  12. Takside (In a Taxi)
  13. Alışveriş (Shopping)
  14. Otelde (At a hotel)
  15. Ne Iş Yapıyor? (What does he do for a living?)
  16. Kapalıçarşıda Alışveriş (Shopping at the bazaar)
  17. İstanbul’da Ulaşım (Moving around in Istanbul)
  18. Anıtkabir’i Ziyaret (A visit to Anıtkabir)
  19. Bugün Hava Nasıl? (How is the weather today?)
  20. Hoşçakal (Stay well)

Alphabet, Phonology, and Grammar

  1. The Turkish Alphabet
  2. Phonology I
  3. Phonology II
  4. Nouns
  5. The verb “to be”
  6. Postpositions
  7. Pronouns
  8. Adjectives
  9. Particles
  10. Numbers

Cultural Dimensions of Turkish

  1. Relative Times
  2. Temperature Table
  3. The Times of the Day
  4. The Five Mandatory Prayers
  5. Colors
  6. The Five Fingers
  7. The Four Seasons
  8. Zones
  9. Names of the Months
  10. The Four Cardinal Points
  11. Major Rivers
  12. Days of the Week
  13. Turkish Dishes
  14. Turkish Banks
  15. Foreign Currencies
  16. Cities to Visit
  17. Major Secular and Religious Holidays
  18. Political Parties
  19. Famous Mosques

About the Author

András J E Bodrogligeti received MAs from Loránd Eötvös University, Budapest in Indo-European Studies and Oriental Studies, with specialization in Turkic and Iranian languages. He received his Ph.D. from Loránd Eötvös in Turkic and Iranian languages and literatures. Dr. Bodrogligeti was formerly a Professor of Turkic and Iranian Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Other Turkish Resources

Turkish Language – Wikipedia  
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