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Why Should You Learn Turkish? Here Are Some Good Reasons.

Updated on September 11, 2018

Learning foreign language takes a lot of effort and choosing the language you want to learn is actually one of the important decisions you make in your life. That is why people often try to carefully consider the pros and cons of a language before investing their time and money for learning it. In my opinion, Turkish language has many advantages and is worth the effort. In the following lines, I list seven reasons why you learn Turkish. Let us begin.

1-) Turkish Has A Solid and Growing Speaker Population Over 80 Million

According to Turkish Statistical Institution, the population of Turkey will reach 85 million in a few years and will hover around 90 million for the rest of the century. Local languages exist so some part of the population probably speaks a non-Turkish language at home but Turkish is the language of instruction in schools and it is language used in media, government and economic life. There is virtually no medium where Turkish does not prevail. Then, for practical reasons, the entire population of Turkey can be considered native speakers of Turkish. This puts Turkish on a par with German concerning the number of native speakers. Plus, ethnic Turks live in many of Turkey's neighbors and there are millions of Turkish immigrants in the West, most of whom are concentrated in Germany. I think this is a pretty strong speaker base and means that you will be able to communicate with many, many people when you learn Turkish.

2-) Turkey Is Growing Into One Of The Top Economies Of The World

Turkish economy was hardly hit by the 2008 crisis and has been growing in a fast and steady manner for the last decade or so. Although Turkish Lira fell sharply in 2018, Turkey should be expected to become an even more important hub of global economy in the coming decades. This means there will be more and more people and companies doing business with Turks and English-Turkish bilinguals will be in high demand. Turkish is an excellent choice if you want to get an international trade job.

3-) Turkey Has Growing Political Clout In Its Region

It has been sometime since Turkey started building strong relations with some of its neighbors and became more and more active in regional politics. Today, Turkey is an active political player in the Middle East, Balkans and even North Africa. People of these regions are historically and culturally connected to Turkey and look to Turkey as some kind of regional leader. This coupled with its rising economic might, is turning Turkey into a politically important country that needs to be scrutinized and understood and what better way to undertand Turks than to master their language! Indeed, there is little doubt that governments, NGOs and corporations will be more interested than ever in grasping what is going on with Turkey in the coming decades and the value of knowing Turkish language will soar even further.

4-) Turkish is Far Easier Than You Think

If you are not interested in pushing yourself to the breaking point to learn a new language, Turkish looks like a good choice because as I have discussed in another article, it is actually quite easy. Sure, Arabic and Chinese are very important languages that not many people know but they are so darn hard to learn that the time and effort you will need to invest will be enormous and you run the risk of failure if you are not seasoned in mastering foreign languages. But you can't just fail to learn Turkish because it is free from some of the problematic linguistic features that plague the learners of most languages. First, Turkish alphabet is based on Latin letters and Turkish words are spelled and pronounced in the most simple possible way. There is no gender or any other unpredictable grammatical stuff that you have to memorize for each new word you come across. All the verbs are conjugated with the same verb endings with absolutely no trace of exceptions. Despite being simple, Turkish grammar is very powerful and allows you to convey very complicated situations with precision.

5-) Turkey Is A Nice Country To Travel To

Turkey has a moderately warm climate with beatiful nature and beaches that are the holiday destination for many European tourists. In general, Turks embrace a view of life that is little different from that of an American or European so learning Turkish is also a great way to meet new people and make friends. In large urban centres of Turkey, the lifestyle, culture and infrastructure is comparable to that you will come across in the West but the cost of living is dramatically less. In general, a Westerner should have no issues staying in Turkey for a while and learn the language from native speakers and there is good chance that you will find learning Turkish more like a fun experience than a burden.

6-) Turkish Culture Is Vibrant And Fun

In recent years, Turks produced a number of TV serials that became extremely popular in neighboring and Arab countries. Some of these are basically soap operas but others have much more complicated plots and intriguing characters. In fact, Turkish TV serial industry is getting better every year and it is getting better rather fast. Turkey also has a strong and active movie industry and comedies rule in this sector. Turkish novels of the last few decades are considered of high-quality and have translated to world languages. In 2006, Turkish author Orhan Pamuk received the Nobel Prize in Literature. Finally, Turks produce world-class pop music with interesting music videos. If you are proficient Turkish, you will be able to immerse yourself in this vibrant culture and have fun all the white perfecting your language skills.

7-) Turkish Is A Unique Language That Not Many People Learn

Turkish is not related to any major language group such as Indo-European, Semitic or Sinic. Its only relatives are the languages of the Central Asian states such as Turkmen, Kazakh and Uzbekh. This makes Turkish a unique language and learning it will be a unique experience. And as for the people who are studying Turkish, well, I have no statistical data but I have the impression that Turkish is somewhat underrepresented in institutions of higher education and other milieus of language study so I suggest few people are actually interested in learning Turkish. At the end of the day, learning a new language cannot be only about finding jobs. It should also be about how it makes you feel standing out from the rest and experiencing something different.

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