On Thursday, 6 March 2014 at 21:40:30 UTC, Ali Çehreli wrote:

Let me Google for myself... :) I've just found the following forum post, listing the number of foreign words in Turkish. I don't know how scientific it is.


Arabic 6467
French 5253
Persian 1359
English 485
Greek (actually Rum, more like Koine Greek I guess) 400
German 98
Italian 89
Latin 78
Greek 48
Russian 44
Spanish 33
Armenian 24
Slavic 24
Sogdian 24
Bulgarian 19
Japanese 9
Hungarian 9
Korean 1
Hebrew 7
Mongolian 4
Portuguese 3
Norwegian 2
Finnish 2
Albanian 1


Wow, second only to Arabic. Do you know why that is? It's not something that I would expect at all. Even stranger is the fact that there are so few loanwords from the Eastern European countries that actually border Turkey.

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