The Turkish language is a phonetic language, so you speak the words as they are written.
The Turkish language is the 12th most spoken language in the world. In Turkey alone it is spoken by 74.2 million people. All over the world, about 78.9 million people speak Turkish.
Aside from Turkey, large groups of people living in Western Europe, the Caucasus and the Balkans speak Turkish. In Germany the second most widely spoken language is Turkish as this is where you’ll find the largest immigrant community of Turks.
A variety of reasons to study Turkish
It is often said that learning a language broadens your view of the world. It helps you to understand other cultures and be more accepting of the differences among people. Turkish is a fascinating language that has enriched the English vocabulary, with its many loanwords.
- 1. Influential language
Turkey is the 16th largest economy in the world and its middle class consumer base is growing steadily. Turkey is also getting more influential politically and economically, and knowing Turkish makes you an asset to research institutions, government agencies, NGOs and various corporations operating in the region.
2. Modern country
Turkey is not a backward nation. In fact its modern culture is thriving. Its TV soap operas are available in many neighboring countries. It has its own film industry and a lively music industry. Turkey’s popular music is borrowed by some of the Western pop icons.
- 3. Various career opportunities
Career opportunities in different fields are quite diverse – from government to business to law, cybersecurity, technology, finance and hospitality among others. The U.S. government classified Turkish as a critical language and several careers in the military, intelligence and diplomacy are available. Several fellowships and scholarships are offered to students interested in learning the language to work in the public sector.
4. Less competition
You’ll be unique if you have Turkish language skills as very few are currently interested in the language. This means more career opportunities for you as there is less competition and the jobs available are very exciting.
5. Mingle with the locals
If you are an English speaker, you’ll be at an advantageous position if you know Turkish. The English language is not commonly used in Turkey. Would you believe that only a very small percentage of Turks obtain passports? They rarely travel overseas. If you speak Turkish, you’ll be able to engage with the locals and even conduct business if that is what you’re after.