The longest word …

Don’t worry – this is just for fun!

You may already know that Turkish words (and sentences!) are made by adding suffixes to the root word. These suffixes denote person, tense, movement/location etc.

This word is currently considered the longest Turkish word:

muvaffakiyetsizleştiricileştiriveremeyebileceklerimizdenmişsinizcesine

and it contains 70 letters!

What does it mean?

It’s as though you are from those we may not be able to easily make a maker of unsuccessful ones.

So, as you can see, not really an everyday kind of word … (or sentence).

It is not typical of Turkish, but more of an ‘in-joke’ amongst Turkish speakers and learners, and as a tongue-twister.

Until recent times, the longest word was thought to be:

Çekoslovakyalılaştıramadıklarımızdan mısınız? (used here in a sentence).

This means:

Are you one of those people whom we couldn’t make resemble (someone) from Czechoslovakia?

However, following the dissolution of Czechoslovakia, yet another ‘longest word’ came to light:

Afyonkarahisarlılaştırabildiklerimizdenmişsinizcesine

(It’s) as if you are one of the people that we were able to make resemble (someone) from Afyonkarahisar.

Of course, words like this are not used in everyday speech, but are in fact perfectly possible. If you would like to know more about learning Turkish, see my website http://www.forlang.com/turkish

Until next time!

About turkishtutor

Experienced and Cambridge certified teacher of English and Turkish. Lived and worked in Turkey and New Zealand, now back in the UK and teaching online for the past 5 years.
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