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Residential Turkish Course

We invite you to visit our Exclusive Mendos Language Center webpage where you will find photos and full details of the unique program we offer:

Exclusive Mendos Language Center

Welcome to Mendos Language Center, Fethiye. Turkey

Here we have a small and very exclusive private learning facility where we successfully teach the Turkish language to English speaking clients by means of a our very effective specialized Turkish Course.

We teach students of all levels - beginner, intermediate & advanced.

At our learning facility on the slopes of Mount Mendos overlooking Fethiye we have developed a cross cultural program that offers Turkish language holidays and Turkish immersion programs for adults and teenagers right here in the luxurious setting offered by our guest villa.

You can spend as little as a few days of several weeks of immersing yourself in the Turkish language and culture.

Our facility is suitable for families with children or small groups of adults. We cater for a maximum of 6 at any one time so the tuition is always at a high standard and focused on individual needs.

This is probably the first word every Turkish student starts with!
After that you probably follow it up with teşekkürler, iyi akşamlar, and çok güzel.

For tourists in Turkey, a few Turkish words always come in handy with the locals and it brings a smile to many faces. Usually followed by some words of appreciation for speaking their language. Turkish people have a great love and pride of their language as it is connected to their culture and identity on so many levels.

For tourists, backpackers, or businessmen spending a couple days or weeks in Turkey, phrase books can get quite helpful. Some phrasebooks, such as the ones published by Just Enough, Lonely Planet and Berlitz, are full of basic sentences that will help you out in different situations that you face in daily life.

For those that wish to learn more than a few basic words, our residential intensive course provides you with a highly developed system of learning which combines word games, grammar instruction and explanations with lots of conversation practice, visits to cultural places, accelerated learning techniques and assignments. Because the program is interactive and enjoyable, the results of the course are always positive. The course is a specialized and highly effective learning program.

Some Background Information

Turkish is not at all like the Indo-European languages. The main difference is that it forms sentences by agglutinating suffixes to "root" nouns and verbs rather than the word by word structure of English. Turkish is built upon a standard set of rules which gives the language stability and makes learning to read easier than European languages. Letters always have the same sound, unlike English. Once the basic rules and tenses are learned, Turkish is an interesting and enjoyable language to use.

The Turkish spoken in Turkey today is derived from Ottoman Turkish, which was the official language of the Ottoman Empire. After the foundation of the Turkish Republic by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the Turkish Language Association (Türk Dil Kurumu)was created to study the Turkish language and similar languages spoken in Central Asia.

There was a huge effort to clean the language from the many Arabic and Persian words and revive words of true Turkish origin that had lost their usage over the centuries. As a result of this, thousands of words were removed from the dictionary and banned from usage in press and literature by this Institution.

The language was transformed to the point that a modern Turkish speaker has a hard time understanding Ottoman Turkish. Even Atatürk’s speeches have had to be translated various times as his Turkish was so different from the one spoken today. And this was just 80 years ago!

The Turkish language continues to change as new Turkish words are emphasized and the older ones are dropped. It is easy to notice the older Arabic words because they do not follow the vowel harmony as proper Turkish should do.
So you often have two words meaning the same thing. A modern word with proper vowel harmony and an older Arabic still word.

Idioms are probably the most beautiful and colorful characteristic of the Turkish language. There is an idiom for probably every occasion that will fully capture the idiosyncrasies of life in Turkey. As part of our course we teach you many Turkish sayings so that you can express yourself the way Turks do.

Methods to Continue Learning

If you have Turkish friends or colleagues back where you live and work, ask them to teach you some of the Turkish formalities and customs.

Phrases like afiyet olsun (bon appetite), hoş geldiniz (welcome), and güle güle kullan are often used and are regarded as the linguistic "oil" that helps get conversations started and keeps relationships friendly.

There are some networks of institutions, you can find people eager to practice their English with you as you get to practice your Turkish with them. Then there are many young foreigners who also participate in meetings and parties that are arranged every now and then where they meet up with young Turkish people.

Having said this, it is not always easy to find such institutions outside of main cities so you may be better off searching out local Turkish people.

Reading in Turkish highly improves your vocabulary skills. You can follow the news in Turkish newspapers and get books with different degrees of difficulty. Listening to Turkish music or following the latest soap opera on TV will definitively give you another highly entertaining way to practice the language.

We invite you to visit our Exclusive Mendos Language Center webpage where you will find photos and full details of the unique program we offer:

Exclusive Mendos Language Center
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