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Turkish Tea Time

Join us at Turkish Tea Time (turkishteatime.com) as we chat about the Turkish language, its grammar, and how it's spoken in every day life. We're Turkish learners, Turkish teachers, and Turkish people ourselves - so we understand what it takes to get a grip on this amazing language. Published daily, each lesson revolves around a dialog that focuses on a single language point. There's something here for every Turkish learner: the difficulty level of each day's lesson rotates between four levels, from absolute beginner to extremely advanced. To follow along each day with annotated dialogs, vocabulary, audio, and quizzes, join us over at turkishteatime.com.

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Lesson 3: Mom’s House

There’s nothing quite like a homemade meal at mom’s house. So pick up some baklava and be on time – you don’t want to miss our lesson on possessives! (intermediate)

14mins

20 Mar 2013

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Lesson 131 (Beg): Life is Hard

We’re going back to basics in today’s lesson. Life is hard, but the accusative suffix is not. (beginner)

22mins

12 Feb 2014

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Lesson 127 (Beg): The Tourist

Today, we’re reviewing all the major suffixes we think you should know as a beginner Turkish learner. (beginner)

26mins

13 Jan 2014

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Lesson 37: A Pirate’s Life

Arrrrrr matey! We’re sailing the wide open seas in today’s lesson. We captured a couple of nouns off the coast of Barbary and have them tied up together in the brig. Keep in mind – when you put two nouns together in Turkish, you have to do something special. (beginner)

12mins

23 Apr 2013

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Lesson 129 (Int): Hürrem Hatun

There’s a new lady in the Sultan’s harem and it’s causing quite the stir. Join us in the Ottoman palace today as we learn the elusive -esi suffix. (intermediate)

23mins

23 Jan 2014

Rank #5

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Lesson 53 (Noob): What Do You Do?

The inevitable question that you can count on always being asked when meeting someone new. Join us for today’s lesson so that when you tell people that you make Internet Turkish lessons, you can at least impress them by putting the words in the right order. (noobie)

15mins

9 May 2013

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Lesson 39: Getting a Table

Look at you! All dressed up and enjoying Istanbul’s fine dining scene. Don’t forget your language skills at home – impress that hot date by asking for the table in Turkish. (noobie)

10mins

25 Apr 2013

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Lesson 4: Buying Some Bread

One of the best parts of being in a foreign country is buying candy, snacks, or other local treats from the store. Today, we’re equipping you with the essentials to buy anything you want so, at very least, you won’t starve on your next trip to Turkey. (noobie)

6mins

21 Mar 2013

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Lesson 51: Braaaains!

Braaaaaains. Brains. Brains. Object participle -dik and braaaaaaaaaaains. (beginner)

23mins

7 May 2013

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Lesson 43: Vowel Harmony

Vowel harmony is the single biggest challenge to new Turkish learners. Join us today as we chat in detail about this part of the language and learn to harmonize like a barber shop quartet. (noobie)

20mins

29 Apr 2013

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Lesson 48: Waiting in Line

Ugh, waiting in line is the worst. Oh well, let’s make the most of it and learn all about -dik constructions while we wait. (intermediate)

17mins

4 May 2013

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Lesson 81 (Noob): More or Less

Today we’re showing you how to ask for more or less of something, lest you forever be beholden to the portion sizes of others. Be free. (noobie)

16mins

19 Jul 2013

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Lesson 25: Ordering Food

One of the best parts of Turkey is its food. Döner, kebap, and baklava are just some of the tasty treats you’ll find expanding your waist line while you’re here. In today’s lesson, we’ll teach you how to get your hands on some delicious Turkish cuisine. (noobie)

14mins

11 Apr 2013

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Lesson 83 (Int): I Might Not Make It

You might have heard that “might” and “can” look the same in Turkish. That’s true. . . unless they’re negative. . . in which case they look different. You might want to listen in to today’s lesson to figure out what in the world we’re talking about. (int)

17mins

29 Jul 2013

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Lesson 88 (Noob): Taking the Ferry

One of the joys of a city spanning two continents is traveling by ferry. It’s cheap, relaxing, and the view is gorgeous. Just be sure not to miss the last one or you might be stuck in Asia tonight (just kidding – there’s always the dolmuş). (noob)

17mins

14 Aug 2013

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Lesson 54 (Beg): Detective Work

Today, we’re investigating the -en subject participle. It’s elementary my dear Watson. (beginner)

19mins

10 May 2013

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Lesson 130 (Noob): Happy Merry Best Wishes!

Happy new day and merry salutations! Today we’re looking at the many ways in which Turks congratulate, well-wish, and console. (noobie)

18mins

27 Jan 2014

Rank #17

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Lesson 118 (Int): Turkish Bath

There’s no better place to reflect than the Turkish bath – so join us at the hamam today as we go over the Turkish reflexive suffix. (intermediate)

22mins

22 Nov 2013

Rank #18

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Lesson 5: I Have a New Boyfriend!

Eeek, he’s so dreamy! Let me tell you all about him. You know what else is dreamy? The personal suffix. Let’s grab tea and get to know it better. (beginner)

9mins

22 Mar 2013

Rank #19

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Lesson 102 (Noob): Intro to Turkish

Start here for your official Turkish Tea Time introduction to the Turkish language. (noobie)

24mins

4 Oct 2013

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