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Turkish is part of the Oghuz branch of the Turkic language family and it is written with the Latin alphabet, even though until the first half of the 20th century the alphabet used was the Arabic one. The change was made to foster increasing literacy because the Latin alphabet was considered to be easier to learn.
The language originated during the 11th century in Anatolia and the Balkans and developed into Ottoman Turkish with the influence of Arabic and Persian. There are also many loanwords from French, for example fashion-related, political, financial and medical terms. Other influences are from Greek and English. Nowadays there are more than 85 million Turkish speakers, mostly in South-Eastern Europe and Western Asia. The language is the official language of Turkey, Northern Cyprus and Cyprus (together with Greek), and a recognised minority language in Greece, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iraq, Kosovo, North Macedonia and Romania.
As to the country, it is home to many legends, for instance that of the Trojan horse. The city of Troy really existed according to archaeological excavations and was destroyed and rebuilt many times. This is one of the most famous cities of Anatolia.
Interestingly, Turkey is both in Europe and in Asia: how is it possible? The reason is that due to its position it lies on both continents. The Anatolian area, Asia Minor, makes up the bulk of Turkey’s territory, while 5% of the land called Thrace is in the Balkan Peninsula in South-Eastern Europe: the country is said to be transcontinental.
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