Turkish

Regions of Turkey Peter Fitzgerald, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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Turkish, the official language of Republic of Turkey, is one of the ten languages on the critical language list for the US State Department and is important to the tech industry as well.

Companies like Google, YouTube, and major gaming companies all need Turkish speakers. Turkish uses the Latin script (first adopted it in 1920s) and you can usually pronounce words correctly by their spelling.

Turkish is an agglutinative language which has cases, but no gender or complex grammatical combinations. Word endings combine to give listeners tense, number and subject. Turkish is the most populous of the Turkic languages, with over 70 million native speakers. Speakers are located predominantly in Turkey, with smaller groups in Germany, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Northern Cyprus, Greece, and other parts of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia.

Turkish is one of the languages available for the Deparment of Central Eurasian Studies (CEUS) Undergraduate Major. Tracks with two or three years of language study are available. Fulfill your foreign language requirement in a small class with dedicated teachers. You can also recieve a CEUS Minor with two years of Turkish language study and a related culture course. There is usually a summer intensive study offered through the IU Language Workshop.

More resources can be found on campus through the Inner Asian & Uralic National Resource Center here on campus. 

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