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With over 70 million native speakers, Turkish communities are found in several countries besides Turkey proper – notably, Germany, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Cyprus and Greece. An ancient language, the roots of modern Turkish can be traced back nearly 1,300 years to the dialects of the Atlay Mountain Range of Northern Siberia. Over the course of the medieval and early modern periods, the Turkish language continued to evolve as the colonial influence and administrative reach of the Ottoman Empire expanded. By the early 20th century, the Ottoman script was replaced with a Latin alphabet and a drive was initiated to reform and standardise the language.

 

Although modern Turkish has no noun classes or grammatical gender, its distinctive characteristics are vowel harmony, use of honorifics and extensive agglutination (i.e., the forming of new words by putting together different language particles). Minority languages in Turkey include Kurdish and Arabic.

 

Known as the gateway between the continents of Europe and Asia, Turkey is a cultural melting pot. Islam is the main religion, with 90% of the population being Sunni Muslims, so it is important to understand Islamic values and customs when researching Turkey. This extends to dressing conservatively and taking off your shoes when you enter a house.

 

In terms of business, historically Turkey was known for its agriculture. Nowadays however, the nation’s main industries include vehicles, machinery, and textiles, so learning Turkish vocabulary related to these areas will be useful. Turkish business etiquette revolves around hospitality and socialising, and many businesses are family owned.

 

Cambridge offers an IGCSE in Turkish as a First Language. Alongside this, the Turkish Proficiency Exam (TPE) is ran by the Yunus Emre Institute Exam Centre for both foreign and native speakers. As an internationally recognised standard exam for Turkish, the TPE assesses reading and listening in the first section, writing in the second section, and speaking and free conversation in the final section. Currently the test can only be taken in centres across Europe (including London), and there are plans for it to be made available online. The TPE certificate is valid for 2 years.

 

Turkish Courses and Tuition in London

 

Mayfair Consultants offers fully-qualified Turkish tutors for private tuition across London. Our tutors are either native or fluent Turkish speakers who use interactive and immersive approaches, focussing on extending clients’ vocabularies while perfecting their pronunciation and writing. We also focus on Turkish culture and business etiquette. Many of our tutors use literary materials, as well as online, journalistic and other non-fiction sources, as part of their instruction tools. We work with learners of all ages and abilities, including those preparing for Turkish GCSE, A-Level and IB exams, and those acquiring the language for research, travel or business purposes.

 

If you would like to arrange Turkish lessons or have any questions about our courses or tuition services, please call us on Tel: +44 (0) 207 665 6606 or you can send us an email via our contact form.

 

Useful Turkish Language Resources

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/other/turkish/guide/ – BBC Languages Turkish

 

https://turkishonline.orient.ox.ac.uk/ – University of Oxford Turkish Resources

 

https://yee.org.tr/tr/faaliyet/turkceyi-yunus-emre-enstitusunde-ogren – Yunus Emre Institute Turkish lessons

 

https://www.soas.ac.uk/languagecentre/languages/turkish/ – SOAS University of London Turkish Courses

 

https://www.langcen.cam.ac.uk/culp/turkish/culp-turkish.html – University of Cambridge Language Centre Turkish

 

https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-igcse-turkish-first-language-0513/ – IGCSE Turkish First Language

 

http://www.turkishculture.org/ – Turkish Cultural Foundation

 

https://www.tdk.gov.tr/ – Turkish Language Institution

 

https://www.turkishclass.com/ – Turkish Language Resources

 

http://london.emb.mfa.gov.tr/ – Turkish Embassy London

 

https://goturkiye.com/ – Turkey Tourism Authority

 

https://www.bl.uk/collection-guides/turkish-and-turkic-collections – British Library Turkish Collections

 

https://www.angloturkishsociety.org.uk/ – Anglo Turkish Society

 

https://research.hktdc.com/en/guides-and-resources/business-guides/turkey – Turkish Business Guide

 

https://www.ktu.edu.tr/obsen-aboutturkeyculture – Turkish Culture Guide

 

 

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