So 45 liras is quite an investment. But it goes a long way. Dr Mufit Yildirim Alp is a distiguished expert on lanuages and taught Turkish in the United States for many years.
I recommend this book as a way of accessing Turkish for many reasons. Firstly, it doesn't waste too much time early on with useful but unimportant conversation killers like "how are you" "i'm from England" "my name is Mehmet" ect. It offers exactly what it says on the cover. Practical Turkish.
Secondly, I love way a digestable amount of vocabulary is joined with at least two grammar points in each chapter. The beauty of this in later chapters is that only one of those grammar points will be the focus, whilst one sentence will contain a small grammar point that hasn't been commented upon by the author thus encouraging investigation on the reader's part. Also, Yildirim Alp deals with the first pages with great humour. Simple grammar conversations can be scrunitising to read out as an English teacher, but the writer allows himself a smug joke here and there with ridiculous lines and names. I mean, it's not comedy-award winning don't get me wrong, but if learning a language is about communicating personality then the writer should be noted as one who can do just that.
I'm not big on courses and homework. I can see how this would be a great book accompanied by a course, but I got alot by using this on my own and I that's credit to how user-friendly it is. I finished about half-way through and made out on my own in Turkey after that - but as I read more Turkish I know I can get more from refering to this book from time-to-time.
Worth every penny.