Peace Corps - Turkmen Language Competencies
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This textbook is designed for use by Peace Corps volunteers learning Turkmen in preparation for serving in Turkmenistan. It takes a competency based approach to language learning, focusing on specific tasks the learner will need to accomplish through language. Some competencies are related to work tasks and others to survival needs or social transactions. An introductory section gives basic information about Turkmen phonology, alphabet, and grammar. The instructional materials consist of lessons on 12 topics: personal identification; conversation with a host counterpart or family; food; transportation; getting and giving directions; shopping; general interpersonal communication; medical and health issues; social situations; and workplace interactions. Each lesson contains related cultural notes and segments on a number of specific competencies. Each competency is accompanied by a dialogue in Turkmen, a vocabulary list, grammar and vocabulary notes, and in some cases, a proverb. Appended materials include English translations of the dialogues, word lists by category (the calendar, numbers, terms of relationship, forms of address, anatomy and health, school terminology), notes on verb conjugation, and a glossary of dialogue words.
PROGRAMS THAT USED THIS LANGUAGE
Turkmen: 1993-2013; Currently Inactive
Turkmen: Currently Inactive
Turkmen a Turkic language, is the national language of Turkmenistan. It is spoken by 4 million people in Turkmenistan, and by an additional 700,000 in northwestern Afghanistan and 1,400,000 in northeastern Iran. Turkmen is in the Turkic Language Family. It is a member of the southwestern Turkic sub-branch, more specifically the East Oghuz group. This group also includes Khorasani Turkic. Turkmen is closely related to Turkish and Azerbaijani, with which it is for the most part mutually intelligible.
Turkmen is spoken in: Turkmenistan
Turkmen is also called: Torkomani, Trukhmen, Trukhmeny, Turkmani, Turkmanian, Turkmencha, Turkmeni, Turkmenler, Turkomans