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23 Nisan : Ulusal Egemenlik ve Çocuk Bayramı : April 23rd Independece and Kids Festival

23 Nisan Ulusal Egemenlik ve Cocuk Bayramı

23rd of April is a holiday in Turkey. The holiday is about National Independence and Kids Holiday. The only Holiday on Earth dedicated to kids by our leader “ATATÜRK”.

What makes this day special is: from all over the world kids comes to Turkey, stay with Turkish families, have friends from every nations and show their national dances in the national TV.

You may check TRT1 if you have satellites.

HAPPY KIDS HOLIDAYS to everyone who still has a kid soul inside!

Merry Christmas

To all those people who are following my Turkish blog…

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF YOU!!!

Christmas Tree

I wish all of you a merry christmas and a happy new year. (MUTLU YILLAR) I hope 2009 will be the best year you will ever had and hope you can speak Turkish this year. 🙂

With hugs and kisses.

Mert…

Turkish Language

Turkish (Türkçe, [t̪yɾktʃe] ) is a language spoken by 65–73 million people worldwide, predominantly in Turkey, with smaller communities of speakers in Cyprus, Greece and Eastern Europe, as well as by several million immigrants in Western Europe, particularly Germany, making it the most commonly spoken of the Turkic languages.

The roots of the language can be traced to Central Asia, with the first written records dating back nearly 1,200 years. To the west, the influence of Ottoman Turkish—the immediate precursor of today’s Turkish—spread as the Ottoman Empire expanded. In 1928, as one of Atatürk’s reforms in the early years of the new Turkish Republic, the Ottoman script was replaced with a phonetic variant of the Latin alphabet. Concurrently, the newly founded Turkish Language Association initiated a drive to reform the language by removing Persian and Arabic loanwords in favor of native variants and coinages from Turkic roots.

The distinctive characteristics of Turkish are vowel harmony and extensive agglutination. The basic word order of Turkish is Subject Object Verb. Turkish has a T-V distinction: second-person plural forms can be used for individuals as a sign of respect. Turkish also has no noun classes or grammatical gender. ” wikipedia says.

Turkish is a member of Ugric-Altaic language group. This makes Turkish language relative with Finnish,Hungarian,Tatar, Japanese etc.