Why Learn Turkish of all the options?
This article might help you if you are undecided about whether or not you should study the Turkish language in India. Read along!
Table of Contents
- History of Turkish Language
- Turkish-Speaking population Worldwide
- Reasons to Learn Turkish in India
- Turkish Language Courses in India
History of Turkish Language
Turkish (Türkçe), the westernmost of the Turkic languages, belongs to the Turkic branch of the Altaic language family. Turkey, by landmass, is positioned 95% in Asia and 5% in Europe.
The oldest written records are found upon stone monuments in Central Asia, in the Orhon, Yenisey, and Talas regions within present-day Mongolia boundaries.
They are the eighth century AD Orkhon inscriptions by the Göktürks, recording the Old Turkic language discovered in 1889 in the Orkhon Valley in Mongolia.
When the Turkish spoken in Turkey is considered in a historical context, it can be classified according to three distinct periods:
- Old Anatolian Türkiye (old Ottoman – between the 13th and the 15th centuries)
- Ottoman Türkiye (from the 16th to the 19th century)
- 20th century Modern Türkiye
It has many dialects such as Danubian, Dinler, Edirne, Eskisehir, Gaziantep, Karamanli, Razgrad, Rumelian, Urfa. Modern Standard Turkish is based on the variety spoken in Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city.
Turkish-Speaking population Worldwide
It is the official language of Turkey and one of the official languages of Cyprus. It is spoken as a native language by over 80 million people worldwide.
Other than Turkey and Northern Cyprus, there are sizable Turkish speakers in Macedonia, Kosovo, and most countries bordering Turkey, such as Greece, Bulgaria, Georgia, Albania, Iran, Syria, Iraq, and other parts of Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and in the Caucasus.
Most of these countries were part of the territory formerly governed by the Ottoman Empire.
There is also significant Turkish diasporas in many countries such as Germany, the USA, Australia, Netherlands, the UK, France, Denmark, Belgium, Russia, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, and Saudi Arabia.
It is the second most widely spoken language in Germany. Another 15 million people across the world speak as a second language.
Reasons to Learn Turkish in India
1. Widely Spoken in Eastern Europe, Balkans, and the Caucasus
It is one of the world’s 15 most commonly spoken native tongues. There are large communities of speakers in the Balkans and the Caucasus and huge Turkish immigrant communities in Western Europe.
It is the most widely spoken Turkic language, a language family that includes Azerbaijani, Uzbek, Kazakh, Uyghur, Turkmen, Tatar, Kyrgyz, and a few more.
Since Turkish is mutually intelligible to a large extent (and some exceptions too) with some other Turkic languages, Speaking will allow you to communicate with people from Turkey to the Yakut region of Siberia and be understood the whole way.
Worldwide about 100 million people can speak. It includes Native, Non-Native, & those who are learning it.
Over 35 Turkic languages are spoken in the region, strategically connected, geographically and culturally, and the region’s growing geopolitical importance.
Thus, the ability to talk in Turkish is advantageous when it comes to international business, trade, and political affairs.
2. Career and Jobs After Learning Turkish
India has historical relations with Turkey, and that relationship resulted in influencing the cultures of both nations. Language builds the bridge between governments, and hence, it would strengthen people to people contact.
A few years back, Turkish was gaining popularity in India. However, currently, the relation between the two countries is neither friendly nor hostile to each other.
The problem with Turkey is a failure to detach its relationship with India from its ties with Pakistan.
India is Turkey’s second-largest trading partner in the Asia-Pacific region after China. India-Turkey bilateral trade was 7 billion USD last year, and it has enormous potential to grow.
Turkey and India are also making moves to increase trade and direct investment between the two countries. Knowledge of Turkish can be hugely advantageous for anyone doing business with Turkish companies or planning to work or study in Turkey.
There are lots of Turkish jobs in India. Many big companies like Oracle, Infosys, TCS, HCL, American Express, and Turkish Airways are looking for Turkish language specialists.
Many Turkish business groups are exploring opportunities in India. The ability to speak the Turkish language in India will open a wide door of career possibilities.
Major Indian exports to Turkey are cotton, chemicals, steel, mobile handsets, clothing, and apparel. Turkey’s exports to India include automotive parts, textile machinery, and steel, among several food items.
Some 200 Indian companies, such as TATA Motors, Wipro, Reliance, Polyplex, GMR Infrastructure, Mahindra & Mahindra, Ispat, Aditya Birla Group, Tractors and Farm Equipment Ltd., Jain Irrigation, and Dabur, have either invested directly or established joint ventures (JVs) in Turkey.
There are very few who are proficient in the Turkish Language in India. Learning the language can give you a rare skill and make you an in-demand specialist.
Skilled language teachers, sales executives in export houses, content writers, proofreaders, guides, translators, and interpreters find their services in higher demand.
3. Learn Turkish for Travel
Turkey is a fascinating and beautiful country to visit. In 2017, Turkey attracted around 36 million foreign tourists, one of the most popular tourist destinations.
Sunny beaches, calm seas, Incredible mountains, delicious cuisines, flourishing markets, archaeological sites, excellent museums, mystical landscapes, lively cities, exotic baths are some of the reasons to visit Turkey.
Turkey is opening its doors to India to encourage trade and tourism between the two countries.
As per the Ministry of foreign affairs – the Republic of Turkey, About 230,000 Indian tourists visited Turkey in 2019, and the number is only going to move northward by 2025.
If you are planning a holiday in Turkey, Traveling through a foreign country becomes much easier if you can speak the language of that country.
Fluency isn’t compulsory. Locals, however, always appreciate it if you take the time to at least attempt to learn and communicate in their tongue.
It shows a higher level of respect and is an easy way to meet new people.
When you move to a different country, learning the local language will help you communicate and integrate with the local community.
Acquiring knowledge in India or abroad will help you find lots of jobs, business, and travel opportunities.
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Turkish Language Courses in India
It is not as popular as French, Spanish, or German, like East Asian languages, Japanese, Mandarin, and Korean.
Currently, there are not many Colleges or language institute that offers Turkish language program in the area of Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and other parts of India.
The embassy of Turkey was planning to open a cultural center in New Delhi to promote the Turkish language, literature, and traditions in India.
In the future, there will be more learning centers for the Turkish Language in India.
I will keep you updated once I find some more information. There are several websites where you can study online.
1. Learn at Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi
Students can pursue the Turkish language courses at JMI.
The university offers three years of full-time BA (Hons.) in Turkish language & literature. The center also offers a one-year certificate, diploma, and advanced diploma in Turkish — LINK.
In recent years, Jamia has emerged as one of the most prominent centers among all the Indian Universities, especially in the Turkish language and specialization in its literature.
The Centre is a unique seat of Turkish learning in India. It covers the entire gamut of language, literature, history, culture, Turkey’s civilization, and erstwhile Ottoman World.
Jamia is the only university in India to offer a bachelor’s degree in the language under its Faculty of Humanities and Languages.
2. Gauhati University
The Gauhati University offers Advance Diploma Course in Turkish.
The minimum eligibility is Graduate in any discipline with 40% in major (honors) and 45% in the general course. The total intake capacity is 20.
Whoever is interested in learning Turkish through online mode, Contact me.
I am interested in learning Turkish language. How can you help me?
I am Swathi can you guide me in Turkish language certificate course?
Yes I’m interested turkish language learning
Hello, I want to learn the Turkish Language you can teach me, and I want to more about it in detail.
I want to learn turkish through distanced education or through face to face online classes. Please do reply me if anything like that is available.
I’m not aware of any distance learning program. However, you can find face-to-face online teachers through various platforms like Verbling, Preply, iTalki, Rype, Verbal Planet, Lingoda, etc.
How important is it or is it not to obtain a formal degree in a language one has good command on?
For personal, hobby, traveling, etc., you do not require it. However, if the goal is career advancement, certification helps!
Hey brother I am currently doing my Hons in Turkish language from JMI and I have also got a C1 certificate from Istanbul University with 3 years living experience in Istanbul. If you are interested I can teach you this beautiful language online in reasonable prices.
I want to learn the Turkish language. What is the fee for this course?
According to the World Tourism Report, Turkey has rank 6th. So learning Turkish can be beneficial in the tourism industry also!
I want to do an online course with JMI. I’m from Chennai but I might soon be moving to Chicago hence I’m looking for a distant certification course from JMI. I’m only 40% proficient with the language but I want to improve and get certified online itself. Any best fit suggestions?
JMI doesn’t offer online or distance learning language courses. You can explore some private institutes with face-to-face online classes.
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You can email me with your questions.
Hello sir! JMI provides excellent placement and study abroad scholarships to students with quality Turkish education. Can I go for it keeping in mind Indo Turkish relationship??
Yes, if you want to learn Turkish and the culture of Turkey in-depth. JMI is a great option.
I mean will the relationship between both countries hamper the jobs?
To some extent, but some opportunities always exist.
Is it possible to learn two languages at a time?
Yes, but only do if it is vital for you. Jack of all rarely works as we are in the age of specializations.
Sir How can I get Admission to JMI for a part-time turkey certificate course?? Please tell me the full admission process. And reply by email; otherwise, I don’t get your answer. I leave every comment here, but I couldn’t get any response.
Well, it won’t be feasible for me to email as I receive thousands of comments. They take admission through an entrance test. Last year, everything was delayed. For 2021, you can read my article “Foreign languages courses at JMI.” I mentioned the entrance syllabus, prospectus, fee, and all details. You can also check the JMI website from February onwards or contact them.
I am a CSE engineer. I have an interest in learning Turkish language also I have learned 40%. Please help me with what scope/ jobs will get after learning to speak and understand the language.
You can look for opportunities in the companies that do business with Turkey and Turkish-speaking region. Make a list and contact them. You can try various job portals and LinkedIn. Besides, contact educational institutions and translation agency who might need Turkish speaking experts.
Please upgrade your Turkish level. You can get jobs at Amazon and other companies. By the way, I am a Turkish teacher. I did M.A. in Turkish Language and Literature from Turkey. Currently, I am teaching Turkish in Delhi.
It would be my pleasure to seek and learn Turkish from you, through an online class. How can I get in touch with you? Pls, contact me through my email id email@example.com.
I also want to learn Turkish from you. Currently, I have completed level A1. Please contact me on- firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a student and I want to learn Turkish language. So, please reply to my email because I want information about the Turkish language. My email id is mohdsibgat8543(at)gmail.
I would be interested in learning the Turkish Language from you. Kindly let me know how can I contact you.
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Which is the best place to learn Turkish from?
Jamia Millia Islamia.
Hi sir , can you suggest me any college or institute in India which offer 1 yr Turkish course with certification??
Jamia Millia Islamia.
Hello, I want to do a certification course in the Turkish language from Jamia Millia Islamia. What is the admission process and fees?
The admission usually starts in March-May. This year it was related due to COVID-19. You can contact JMI if admission is still going on or apply next year when the forms will be available. The fee is not high, typically between 3,000 to 5,000 for the entire certification course.
I applied to JMI for the Turkish language but I am afraid about the scopes of its language and about admission because I am a student of Islamic institute.
Turkish is a low supply and low demand language, at least in India. If you have the interest, you can surely consider learning Turkish. There aren’t many people who speak Turkish in India. Thus, there are fewer competitions for jobs requiring Turkish.
Sir, I would like to know about the scope of the Turkish language. I m doing BBA right now and will be doing MBA afterwords. Will turkish be useful for me if I learn and does it give some extra opportunities to those who know turkish?
Yes, if you find some work that deals or does business with the Turkish-speaking region. While opportunities are limited, but some jobs do exist. At least, there is no drawback associated with learning Turkish.
I intend to learn Turkish for my research. If I pursue it in Delhi, what are the best options?
Jamia Millia Islamia. They offer part-time Turkish courses.
I am a Turkish teacher based in Delhi. Currently, I am teaching Turkish in Delhi. I did M.A. with a thesis in Turkish Language and Literature from Turkey. I have one-year of teaching experience too. 9315257610
I am a 12 years old girl, and I wanted to ask which online course is best for me?
While online class through a teacher is one of the best methods, but you can try any apps/books that can help you learn Turkish.
Sir, I also want to do this course.
You should try to admission in Jamia Millia Islamia. Graduation /Certificate / Diploma / of Any stream. Jamia is the best option for girls especially.
Sir, I am interested to learn the Turkish language for research work. I am conducting on the region. I hail from Kolkata. Kindly, let me know how can I opt for learning Turkish?
I’m not aware of any Turkish learning center in Kolkata. Maybe you can try to learn through some books and online resources.
Sir, I am in class 11th. I opted for humanities and now I further want to study linguistics. Can you suggest some career opportunities in this field? I also want to be a lecturer. So, can you tell me about your experience of becoming a lecturer?
After completing the language courses, my intention was to work in any MNC as a translator. But my life took some turn, and I became a teacher. My personal experience have been remarkably good. I had an opportunity to meet thousands of students from different spheres of life. I gained immense experience in dealing with people effectively. It gave me the chance to be continuously creative, more humble, get better in salary, as well as, knowledge, and recognization. Being a University lecturer, it always gives me satisfaction and allows me to have enough spare time for productive work, including writing.
Is there any place to learn the Turkey language in Chennai?
Not in my knowledge.
Is there any online platform that gives certified training in Turkish language-speaking?
Not in my knowledge.
Hi, I am learning Turkish as I’m very much interested. Could you tell me how I may integrate it with my career? I’m in the migration sector and is it feasible opening up a migration agency in Turkey?
There are several rules and laws regarding the immigration industry. I don’t frequently track it. You can consult an expert in the concerned field.
Is the Turkish embassy had started the Turkish language course in New Delhi?
Not in my knowledge!
Have you started Turkish classes in Mumbai?
Well, I don’t offer any course in Mumbai.
Hi I am Swathi
Do u provide any online courses with certificates or can you plz tell me where can I write the exam for certification?
No. I don’t offer Turkish courses. You can check with some private institutes or take any online course.
Turkey is not an Arabic country. And we don’t have camels or other Arabic things in Turkey.
Of course. Arabic has nothing to do with the Arab world. The same has been stated here.
What if you want a Ph.D or MA degree in Turkish language?
As far as i know, No Indian Universities offer MA or M.Phil or Ph.D. degree in Turkish language.
Turkey gives scholarships too, you can go and study in Turkey.
Where to study Turkish language?
There aren’t enough options for Turkish course. Find some teacher through local classified sites or search for online courses. Jamia offers various short-term and BA (Hons.) in Turkish.
Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
Thanks a lot for the information
Thank you so much. Good information