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Teach Yourself Turkish Complete Course (Turkish Edition) (Turkish) 2nd Rev Edition

4.2 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0844237152
ISBN-10: 0844237159
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About the Author

Asuman Celen-Pollard

taught Turkish at the university level for 12 years.

David Pollard

an experienced teacher of English as a foriegn language, produces e-learning material --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies; 2nd Rev edition (February 11, 1997)
  • Language: Turkish
  • ISBN-10: 0844237159
  • ISBN-13: 978-0844237152
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #436,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on May 28, 1999
I've studied Turkish on and off for a few years, trying several different books, but this is definitely the best by a long shot. It presents the material in a very logical order, easing you into the conventions of the language, and explaining everything very clearly. Yet, it's also concise. The other books I tried were "Turkce Ogreniyoruz", a 4-part book that's publ. in Turkey and difficult to learn from since there are only grammar examples and no explanations, leaving you to derive the meaning; and "Elementary Turkish" - a little better but really more focused on grammar than on getting you ready to use the language conversationally and in everyday life, right from the 1st chapter, as "TYT" does. "TYT" also introduces the most useful vocabulary right away (such as politely refusing excessive food, which you'll need to do a lot with Turkish people!). I just wish I'd tried this book years ago. Also, I really wish they'd write another for the next level! You'll get there quickly and enjoyably with this book.
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I lived in Turkey for seven months and used this book more than several others I had at my disposal simply because it gives useful and logical explanations of Turkish grammar (which is very different to anything you have seen in English or other European languages). It is a step by step book with conversational examples that both extend your vocabulary and your use of grammar in everyday situations, making it easy to apply what you have learned as you talk to shop owners, waiters, fellow commuters and others interested in learning where the yabanci (foreigner/stranger) comes from! I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a basic understanding and wants to teach themselves. It would also work well with a tutor but you dont need anything else, except perhaps some assistance with pronunciation, as vowel harmony takes some getting used to.
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By A Customer on February 14, 2000
Teach Yourself Turkish is one of the best language books I have ever used. Each lesson builds on the previous one, and presents useful situations that apply what is being learned in context. Vocabulary building comes quickly, and grammar, syntax and verb conjugation are explained in terms very easy to digest. My only problem with the book was the authors' occasional inclusion of new grammatical elements without explaining them. Aside from this small flaw, the book is excellent and a must for anyone wanting to learn Turkish.
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Listen to what your fellow reviewers are saying about this book! Despite what the title says, without tapes, this is in no way complete!
Make sure you ONLY get it if the tapes are available! As far as I can tell, the tapes are no longer available (checking with book distributors such as Baker and Taylor). If you have other good books with tapes, you may find this one helpful, but it isn't top on my list.
I've been teaching myself Turkish (slowly, painfully but I'm old!) for months and was excited to see this one, 7th of the books I purchased on this topic. Wish I'd skipped this one in favor of the last one I bought(which was the best!).
This book is good if you want to be able to take lessons and quizzes (which I do) but is extremely frustrating without the tapes as many of the exercises refer to the missing tapes.
Still glad I have it, but it isn't the best around.
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By A Customer on December 31, 2001
Unfortunately, this is the best language book I've found for Turkish. I say 'unfortunately' because the tape, at least in my copy (and apparently others') is absent. The tape is central to the lessons, and I found going without extremely difficult. I've tried picking up whatever audio materials my library has, and thats helped to some degree: its a real hassel, though.
Nevertheless, I think I'm slowly beginning to pick up the language. This book isn't a quick fix like most claim to be: it gradually teaches you the grammar of the language without your even knowing it: it has extremely helpful lessons, and is written very well, understanding that you won't pick up the language in one week, but will have to put effort and sacrifice into it.
I'll continue my quest for the tape; this book is worth it.
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By A Customer on September 30, 2000
For us Greeks Turkish is quite easy from the point of its vocabulary- so many common words- and at the same time its grammar and pronunciation is so difficult..almost weird. Its a good book as long as you see it as a task to be done and completed..it doesnt help much if you see it just as a game. I managed to study 8 of its 16 chapters before travelling to Turkey..it proved to be surprisingly helpfull..I managed to talk in naif Turkish with some Turks who had no knowledge of English..I thank the authors for this. it takes about one week of study to fully comprehend and assimilate each of its chapter..this doesnt mean that you dont have to go back to previous ones all the time..but, after all, its a new language.
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The authors state that the book is designed to be used with their cassette tapes which correspond to each lesson, or with the assistance of a Turkish speaking teacher. IT DOESN'T COME FROM AMAZON WITH THE TAPES! If you had a Turkish speaking teacher, you could use any of a dozen other texts. So, until Amazon starts sending the tapes with the book, don't waste your money on this book.
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