It’s true! Take this quiz and you’ll agree: you’re already practically fluent.
IMPORTANT: To avoid cheating on the quiz, go to the slideshow below and stop the slideshow from cycling automatically.
(You can do this by hovering and clicking the pause button in the center. Go do it now, then come back here to keep reading.)
- Read each flashcard aloud, sounding out each letter in the word. In Turkish there are rarely extraneous or silent letters. For example, while we spell the word “GROUP” with a combination of O-U that would be hard for a foreigner to sound out, Turks just spell it “GRUP.”
- Take a guess at the English word.
- Click to the next photo to see the answer. (Use the right arrow, not the play button, so you can go at your own speed.)
- Post your score in a comment at the end (be honest, now); the highest score gets a first class ticket to visit us in Botswana*!
See? Pretty easy, eh? If you’re interested in the reason that Turkish is very easy to sound out, read this article on the re-designed alphabet when Turkey’s visionary leader Atatürk modernized the country in the late 1920’s. A new alphabet was just one of his reforms, which ranged from economic to women’s rights and just about everything in between.
*Fine print: First class ticket on the local bus from the Gaborone airport to our apartment. Transportation to the bus not included.