Why is it worth learning a language,especially one such as Turkish which sounds so different and difficult? I remember one of my students saying “it sounds like a car crash” just after his first exposion to Turkish.
Learning a language takes time, needs patience but it is well worth it! First of all, one needs to learn languages to understand and to be understood by people of other nationalities. It is impossible to get to know a culture truly without knowing its language. As Benjamin Lee Whorf states “Language shapes the way we think, and determines what we think about.”
I believe that we become different individuals in different languages. Have you ever got attracted to someone when you heard them talking in a language and hate them upon hearing them talking in other language? If not, maybe one day: Keep your ears open!
Turkish, which has no resemblance to any of Indo-European languages, might seem a bit challenging at first glance. However, it is very systematic and a phonetic language meaning that it is written in the way it is spoken. Thus, once you know the pronunciation rules, you can read or write any Turkish word you encounter!
Anyone who has at least once been in Turkey would understand better how much the locals appreciate when they hear foreigner try to talk in Turkish.
Why not giving it a try? If you are lack of time, go to Turkish for Travelers; if you want to enjoy the process of learning Turkish, as we say in Turkish aheste aheste, here is a whole site for you!