FAQs

Can I get around in Turkey knowing only English?

In Istanbul, Ankara, and in many coastal cities that see a lot of tourists, you’ll find English speakers. But English is no more a second language in Turkey than French or German. For expatriates, knowing some of the language will certainly make for a more pleasurable and diverse experience.

Are individual lessons better than classes?

For students who require intensive or specialized instruction (for professional or academic work) or those with busy schedules, private instruction is advised. But for general acquisition of Turkish, our small classes are an equally viable option that some clients find more comfortable.

Does my native language matter?

Turkish shares some structural similarities with Finnish, Hungarian, Mongolian, Korean, and Japanese and has many loanwords from Arabic and Persian, but is quite different from Romance and Germanic languages, including English. The logic and syntax may seem surprising at first, but anyone can learn.

Does class size matter?

Language is communication, and small classes give our clients more opportunities for interaction. A successful language class is a structured and safe environment for practicing, and the restricted class size enables our instructors to stay attuned to how each student is responding to the material.

Is Turkish more difficult to learn than other languages?

Depending on your native language, the sound and logic of Turkish may seem unusual, but it’s no more difficult to learn than any other language. In fact, many aspects of Turkish are helpful for non-native learners: pronunciation is phonetic, and there are very few irregular forms and few exceptions to grammatical rules.

How long does it take to learn Turkish?

By the end of a beginner course, students should be able to handle basic survival situations like shopping, dining out, taking a taxi, and small talk. But the key to learning a language is practice, and so your experiences outside of class are important. Students who are immersed in Turkish in their personal and work lives will learn much more quickly and can become conversational speakers in as little as a year to a year and a half.

How do you determine what class I should be in?

Before your first class, you’ll meet with one of our instructors who will conduct a level assessment consisting of a brief multiple-choice or fill-in-the-blank exam and some casual conversation. Being in the right course will affect the rate and enjoyment of your experience learning Turkish.

Take our INFORMAL QUIZ to get a rough idea of your proficiency.