Welcome to the Turkish Listening Library
Merhaba! My name is Aaron Myers and I am a Turkish language learner. Like you, I desire to speak and understand Turkish and do both of those well. I first moved to Istanbul in 2008 and was often frustrated by the hours I spent searching the internet trying to find quality listening material for my Turkish learning. That frustration led to the creation of the Turkish Listening LIbrary - a one stop shop for all your Turkish Listening needs. My hope is that this site will help you be more efficient and more effective on your language learning journey. I am also a language coach and writer focused on helping people everywhere have more fun learning languages. Stop by The Everyday Language Learner to find out more!
How do I use this site?
Thanks so much for stopping by. Here to a great journey toward Turkish fluency! Kolay gelsin.
Well, for one, listening is a fun, stress free way to learn. You end up smiling like this guy when you are done. The problem though is finding listening material that is comprehensible. Listening material that is too hard is probably just an exercise in frustration. To build proficiency and to grow as Turkish speakers, we need to find material that is at our level. We learn language when we understand messages. That is why we understand more when we know the context or when we have clues to what is being said. How important is listening? James Asher, creator of the Total Physical Response method of language learning suggest that for students in school programs, the first semester be dedicated to listening only. Greg Thompson talks about needing "massive amounts of comprehensible input" and we hope that this site will offer you a step up in increasing the amount of comprehensible input you receive each day.
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