February 21, 2011
Turkish has some long words
For no particular reason, I am learning some Turkish with the online computer language program Rosetta Stone. No particular reason, other than that we get a great deal through David's company to access lessons for 15 languages for a year at a time, and that I come into contact with some Turkish people here on a weekly basis and speak with them in German...and it would be cool to know some of their language. And I love learning languages.
For example, in Turkish, "Merhaba" is hello. Emphasis on the first syllable.
What I am currently finding amazing is that I am only on Unit 2 of Level 1, and they are making me pronounce 18-letter words!!! As in the sentence, "Siz öğretmenlerimsiniz." (I think this means "You are my teachers.") That seems a little over the top! The G with the breve on top sounds more like a Y. The O with an umlaut sounds quite like the same character in German, which is helpful.
I thought German had some long words, but Turkish is right up there, too.
Turkish also has some other creative new characters:
ç (sounds like "ch")
ş (sounds like "sh")
Also, ı - an i without the dot on top. Sounds like "uh".
Apparently it also has this one: İ
But I haven't met it yet, so I don't know what it does.
Fun! All due to the Tower of Babel...
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