Turkey is often the first place you go to if you want to learn how to speak Chinese, but the job of a Chinese linguist in Turkey isn’t quite as easy as you might think.
It’s not just because it’s in a developing country.
“In the United States, they speak English but Mandarin is not their first language.
In China, there are many people who are able to learn Chinese,” said Laila Kucuk, a language instructor in Istanbul.
“But in Turkey, the main language is Turkish, so the language isn’t the first language.”
So why do Chinese students flock to Turkey to study Mandarin?
Kucuk said the biggest reason was that Turkish students are looking for jobs that will help them become more self-sufficient, and are looking to make money, which can be a major factor for those looking to travel to China.
There’s also the chance that you’ll learn the language from an older person who will give you some valuable advice, Kucusk said.
And finally, there’s the fact that it’s a relatively inexpensive language to learn.
If you have any questions about learning Mandarin, please contact Laila at [email protected] or call +90 3 3285 5200.