Elementary Turkish

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Courier Corporation, 1967 - Foreign Language Study - 187 pages
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This superb grammar and exercise text, used successfully for years at Princeton University, enable English speaking students--in and out of the classroom to gain a quick and thorough understanding of Modern Turkish. In a carefully arranged sequence of 23 lessons, Lewis V. Thomas, late Professor of Oriental Studies at Princeton, presents thorough coverage that allows the student to begin to use the basic patterns of modern Turkish without time-consuming and expensive private instruction.

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I love this book. I had been learning Turkish for about 4 months before I bought this book. I had learned more in the first two weeks with this book than I did in four months with online classes. Turkish is a difficult language, but the author explains the lessons in a way that is easy to understand. I really liked how he explained the formulas for consonant and vowel variables. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn the basic principles of Turkish quickly and effectively. 

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The Alphabet Soft g Doubled Consonants The Circumflex Accent Spelling Syllabification Punctuation
Cardinal Numbers One Half Kaç Çok and Az Parça and Tane
Position of Adjectives Indefinite Article with Adjectives Predicate Modifiers
Definite Article Adjective and Noun Agglutination Vowel Harmony The Plural
Common Infinitive Variable Consonants Past Definite Verb Agreement of Subject and Verb
Verbs of the Type Gitmek Gider Objective Definite
Personal Pronouns Interrogative Pronouns Demonstratives The Imperative Word Order
Nere Bura Ora Dative Locative and Ablative Fractions Calendar The Word d V2
Postpositions Expressions of Location
The Verb to Be Var and Yok The Resumptive Question
The Suffixes 1 V4 s V4 z and 1 V4 k Past Indefinite Past Narrative and Past Perfect Verb Forms
The Partitive Participles Gerund in td V4 k Indirect Discourse Relative Gerundive and Adverb
ki Ki Çünkü The Professional Doer The Habitual Doer Diminutives Noun of Manner
Progressive Verb Forms Common Infinitive plus the Locative with to Be Ordinals and Distributives Gerundive in y V2
To Be Able
Auxiliary Verb OptativeSubjunctive Necessity Condition

Negative Verb Interrogative Particle m V4 Negative Interrogative Negative Expressions
The Possessive Construction
Infinitives General Verbs
Past General Verbs Future Verbs Adverbs Comparison Emphatics The Suffix çc V2
Passive Verbs The Agent Causative Reflexive and Mutual Verbs
Abbreviating Verb Forms Attendant Circumstances Verb Form in y V4 n c V2 Verb Form in td V4 k ç V2
Statement on Verb Forms True and Untrue Conditions

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About the author (1967)

Lewis Thomas was born in Flushing, New York, and received his medical degree from Harvard University, with a specialization in internal medicine and pathology. He has been a professor at several medical schools, as well as dean of the Yale Medical School. Most recently Thomas has been chancellor and president emeritus of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and professor of medicine at the Cornell Medical School. His erudite books have earned him a wide audience, making him one of the best-known advocates of science in the United States during the past 20 years. For example, The Lives of a Cell won the National Book Award in arts and letters in 1974, and The Medusa and the Snail won the American Book Award for science in 1981.

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