Becoming fluent in Turkish isn’t just a matter of learning grammar and lists of words, it is also about learning to Think in Turkish and training your brain to translate automatically.
It is not as easy as saying just stop translating. In the beginning you will translate it’s natural especially if you have been thinking in your native language for X amount of years.
Our minds use a context based thinking, when our eye sees something we automatically name that item and understand the use of it after years of seeing the same item.
My husband speaks 3 languages and he easily moves between them. He may be speaking with me and then turn to his Mother and speak to her in another language. His mind over time associates his Mother with one language and me with another and moves easily between them. But he has unknowingly trained his mind to do this.
I don’t care what the experts say but this does not come easily to some of us, me for one. We all have our own talents, we all use our minds slightly differently to the next person, it would be a pretty boring world if we all were good at the same thing and we wouldn’t need experts in different things.
But we can all learn a language and be fluent, but it will take hard work and dedication. For some it will be quicker than others but if you stick at it you will be able to speak fluently in Turkish. We can condition our brains to react in the same way as a fluent speaker, we can train our brains to become fluent and switch between languages using our subconscious mind.
How do you start training your mind to be fluent in Turkish?
First you need to start training your mind to think in Turkish, you will already know blocks of words and various things in Turkish. Look around a room or while out on a walk and name things in Turkish. Table = Masa, Car = Araba and so on. Keep doing this until you start looking at an object like table and automatically say Masa without thinking its English name first.
Create flashcards to help you memorise words and help your brain recognises objects and words.
Keep a notebook handy, write down words or sentences you don’t know or struggle with and learning them later. Ask the person you are talking to in Turkish for the word or sentence and write it down to help you remember for next time.
Pick up a book or magazine and translate simple paragraphs or pick out objects in pictures.
You don’t need to speak out loud to start off with, only think the words at first in your mind and if you are on your own speak them out loud, this will help build your confidence at first and stop you getting flustered at the start.
After a short time start making up sentences about the objects in the room or on a walk or while brushing your teeth plan your day in Turkish. Use all your spare moments to think and talk in Turkish
I like using visualisation, I have little conversations or make up stories in my mind, I think about going to the shop or talking to a neighbour or family member in Turkish. I also sometimes plan conversations in my mind and rehearse them before I speak. The more you visualise and focus on Turkish the more you will train your brain to use Turkish in certain situations.
Try not to panic or get flustered in you mind, take a deep breath, relax and pause for a moment. If you don’t know a word write it down or move on to the next, remember getting it wrong is all part of learning, we learn from our mistakes.
None of this will happen over night there is no magic button just hard work and dedication, the more you do each day the quicker it will come. You have to have will to learn and to become fluent in Turkish or you just will never succeed.
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