Turkish-Roman alphabet poster (circa 1928), Beinecke Library, Yale, 10547095.

Turkic languages go back 5,500 to 8,500 years. These languages are spoken throughout a large geographical region in the Middle East and Central Asia. The most widely spoken Turkic language is Türkiye Türkçesi, also known as Modern Turkish. It is the official language of the Republic of Turkey; and it is also spoken in Cyprus, Australia, the United States, and many European countries, including Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Bulgaria, and Greece.

Yale offers Modern Turkish courses for Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced levels. The four-course sequence of Elementary and Intermediate (L1-L4) is designed to guide students to proficiency in the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students have the option of taking Advanced courses (L-5) which will help them develop the language skills to speak adequately in social situations, read and write non-specialized material without frequent resort to dictionaries or grammar books.

Students interested in pursuing Ottoman Turkish may direct all questions to: Ozgen Felek, ozgen.felek@yale.edu.