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TURKISH

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.

 

The global community now recognizes the many contributions Turkey has given to the world, including financial aid. The country has a fast developing economy, which helps put Turkey in the international business map.

 

As such, learning the Turkish language is more important now, especially for individuals and corporations interested in doing business in Turkey.

 

WHERE IS IT SPOKEN?

TURKEY

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NUMBER OF SPEAKERS

78 MILLION 

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LANGUAGE FAMILY

TURKIC

THREE FUN FACTS ABOUT TURKISH

1. The Turkish language is part of the Turkic languages

The Turkish language was first spoken in Mongolia, before being strongly influenced by Arabic and Persian. Turkish was then reformed in the 20th century.

2. The Turkish language has some tongue twisters

Tongue twisters are present in most languages and Turkish is no exception. For example: "Bir berber bir berbere: gel berber beraber Berberistan’da bir berber dükkanı açalım demiş" – A barber told another barber “come barber, let’s start up a joint barbershop in Barberistan”.

3. Turkish has around 75 million native speakers

The Turkish speakers are mainly in Turkey and the surrounding countries. Thanks to a large Turkish diaspora, Turkish is spoken in more than 30 countries where it is not an official language, including Germany with two million Turkish speakers.