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mrs

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  1. Hi guys! Long time no post, huh? I'm back though, I think at least. Uh, mostly because I have a huge existential crisis and I need advice. I'm still studying Turkish at my school, but my primary major is Computer Science to supplement the language study so that I will have a good chance of getting a job when I graduate. Problem is, I want to study abroad in Turkey but can't find a school with a good CS program really. Since I imagine there are schools that people talk about more than others I was hoping someone could give me the insider advice on school rankings in Turkey, for things like Computer Science but also translation perhaps. Or just general school rankings, that would help a lot! I also really want to do an internship abroad, but I don't know how that would be possible in another country. If someone has an idea there, that'd be splendid! I hope you're all doing great! I will be around trying to catch up!
  2. I had an American Pre-Paid card in Istanbul and when I got there I realized that it couldn't be used for most things because it didn't have a pin number. So no ATMS or many restaurants. I don't know if that was just my type of card though, but it was a big surprise!
  3. My course was amazing! I don't know how fluent I became really... I can use the first three tenses pretty easily, Present, Past and Future. And I know basic vocabulary, but there's still so much to cover. I've been inspired though because of my trip. I think I'm going to transfer to another College that has the best Turkish program in the States. I'm not satisfied with my school's program, and this one is really intense and has a lot of extra help and is also based around gaining professional fluency not just normal College classes!
  4. I just went in with an E-Visa, it was super easy and painless. I don't know about the permit stuff though, but don't worry about the E-Visa being too new or anything it was great for me. Good luck, I'm sure someone will come answer your other question.
  5. Hello all, This is a very interesting handbook I've found online written by the National Middle East Resource Center. It contains advice on learning Turkish. It's some common sense advice but it's also one of the most well thought out and clear guides that I've read before. It takes you through the thought behind how best to learn Turkish in many different settings, though it's really for people taking Turkish in a class structure for the most part. It doesn't necessarily provide new information, just a really new way of looking at how you're learning and how you approach Turkish. I thought I would share it with you all since it was rather helpful for me and made me think about what I was doing and how I could make my study of Turkish more effective and fun at the same time. Here's the link: http://nmelrc.org/documents/Handbooks/TurkishHandbook.pdf (Note: It's a PDF so it might take a bit to load, though it's only 34 pages so it's not one of those massive things.)
  6. My Dad ate one piece and then was like, "This has to be gone within a week right?" I said yes and he nodded before saying, "Well it might not last the ride home." XP That's a good sign!
  7. I'm home! I'm glad to say that customs was no problem at all and really all I can complain about is horrible jet lag.
  8. Hehehe. Thanks guys! So, I'm back with another question. I'm bringing Lokum back to the States, is there something I need to do when I hit customs at the airport because of this? It'll be in my suitcase so not on my carry-on. (I haven't gone through customs before on my own, only ever as a little girl. At Ataturk Airport on the way here I didn't have to do anything with customs for some reason.)
  9. mrs

    Rüstem Paşa Camii

    Oh man, today I went with a friend to the Rüstem Paşa Camii, and I was so amazed! I've seen Agia Sophia and honestly it didn't seem that amazing to me, maybe it was the construction. But this place was so peaceful and incredibly beautiful! If you ever have the chance to go, you definitely should! It's lovely beyond compare! And so tiny and spiritual. You can just sit in there and breath. I think maybe this has made me want to see more Camii. I saw Eyüp Sultan Camii when I first got to Turkey on a school trip and it wasn't all that incredibly either, there were so many tourists, but now maybe I will go hunting for these little mosques because they're just so wonderful! I've included some pictures to inspire anyone reading this to go see for themselves!
  10. I will! I will! It was difficult at times, but only because I was lonely away from my family and also because I got frustrated easily with my slow learning - but now that it is about to end I am feeling bitter-sweet. I want to stay and keep speaking Turkish, but I also really want to go home to my family! I am positive now that I will come back though so it's good to have this kind of feeling!
  11. I did a test run and found it pretty easily across from the Point Hotel and the Metro station. I think I'll take the Havatas instead of Metro because it's cheaper if you don't have an Istanbul Card. (I'm borrowing mine from my landlady so I won't have it when I leave.) Thanks so much guys for helping me with this! And waaaaaa, two more days and I'm gone!!! Can I still hang out here and write with you all?
  12. I have a friend who's going tonight to find the airport since they're flying out so the will get back to me if that is the current location, although I asked some of my other friends and they said they thought it was! Thanks guys!
  13. Are you allowed to take the Metro with baggage? I've seen people do it, sure, but it always seemed rude to me.
  14. Oh dear. Thank you! Man, I'm super glad my flight isn't until 12 something because you're supposed to arrive at airports an hour ahead of time, I'd assume international airports should require two hours ahead!
  15. Ah, do you mean why am I interested in Turkish? I can't really explain it. The love I have for learning a language, and Turkish is such a beautiful, amazing, logical and wonderful language! This is the first time I've felt that I have a passion, when I'm working in another language. I don't mind the "work" side of things because I just love the puzzle, and not only is Turkish a puzzle but it makes so much sense! And the sound... I just love it.
  16. Hmm, the uncertainty of that sure is fun. XP Do you have any idea at all how long the trip would take? Should I plan an hour just in case?
  17. Thank you for the advice! My Dad keeps telling me to just do what I love. That it'll all work out and worst case scenario I'll just be a teacher. But I don't want to spend the rest of my life teaching... Turkey has taught me to be a lot more flexible, but I'm not yet ready for the kind of life where you just go forward not knowing what will happen at all!
  18. Hey guys, It's almost time for me to leave Turkey! I just realized that I don't really know how I'm going to get to the airport for my flight home, so I was hoping someone could tell me about different options. I don't want to take a taxi because all of my friends have been taken advantage of by taxi drivers and I don't think I'm up to that kind of obstacle. Is there a bus from Taksim? Or another central location? Ahh, I haven't yet used the bus system but I don't think it would be that bad? (Although I have one large suitcase, so does that mean I must take a taxi?) Please help!
  19. Uhummm... I don't know what to say to that except... wow. I guess this is a question I will have to ask myself. If I want to translate in the U.S. I need a specialty. If I want to translate in Turkey... I'm not so sure anymore. I don't know right now that I want to live in Turkey when I have graduated. Certainly for a while, and certainly for my Masters, but do I want to spend the rest of my life here? I don't know. Similarly if I was in the U.S. the only people who have use of Turkish translation there are the government, which would mean living in D.C. most likely...
  20. I can't really comment on Ataturk, but I respectfully disagree with this comment. People aren't out there having picnics and singing songs in the streets, they're being gassed and thrown into jail. The weather has nothing to do with it, and if you're looking for something to do I'm pretty certain you're not going to choose protesting when there are so many dangers to it. It's not an idle activity. Protests right now are not fun and I have yet to talk to anyone who would disagree with that statement. There are probably some people who are protesting because everyone else is doing it, but I do not think it is this huge subversive number.
  21. Yes, probably... Really all I would say is that you should try your best to be respectful here. I can't tell you how many people I see who are dressed inappropriately, or who don't bother to learn the polite phrases. It's not a big deal because people are used to that, but for me it was very important to learn Turkish manners. And it's helped me so much, with making friends and talking to older people. It doesn't matter if you mess up, just apologize as best you can! Turkish people are so kind, and they're going to be nice no matter what, but the looks I get when I correctly say something like elleriniz saglik are so special that I think it's a very easy price to pay to make friends. My other advice is that if you're here to study Turkish, go live with a Turkish family! Don't live in a hotel, don't live in a flat with other international people. It's an amazing and wonderful experience to live with Turkish people and you cannot practice enough on your own to make up for the conversations you have living in a Turkish household. It was the smartest thing I did. Though if you don't speak any Turkish in the beginning like I did, it is fine to try and find a family that speaks a little of your language. The best thing with the woman I'm living with is that she knows just enough English so that we can talk about major things, but not enough so that we can actually talk in English. So it forces you to really work at it - the frustration of not being able to say what you want is so much more severe when you're surrounded by Turkish people. And you might think it will be enough to just be in Turkey, but it's not so because it is so easy to find people here who speak your language and to just hang out with them. It's so rewarding to have the other experience. And I would also say not to worry about conservative issues. The woman I am living with is wonderful and even though I was told it would be hard for me to find a home because I was a younger woman she has become my Turkish Mother! Everything else is kind of common sense. Don't worry about saying things wrong! Keep practicing even if someone didn't understand you! Don't be afraid to talk to people! And have fun!
  22. Hello~~~ It's wonderful! I can't say I like Istanbul, city life is rather different from what I'm used to, but the people are very nice! If it wasn't for the heat I would enjoy this a lot more! I'm definitely coming back, only this time in the winter! And slowly but surely my Turkish is improving.
  23. Hey! I'm hoping some of you will have unplumbed depths here so sorry if this question is too specific for this forum! I'm currently studying Turkish and Translation. I am at the point in my College career though where I need to write down exactly which subjects will comprise my major. I'm interested in translating from English to Turkish and vice versa, but all the Translation advice that I read says that you need a specialty. It is not enough to just have the language and translation knowledge. The problem is... I have no idea what kind of specialty there is any sort of demand for with Turkish! It's not a huge language in the United States so that rules out a lot of options, and similarly in Turkey English isn't a humongous language either with strong translation needs. So have any of you ever come across or can you think of subjects that there seems to be a real need for translators? (I'm not looking to teach as my main profession. I would love to teach during the interim, after I graduate maybe and especially if I need an excuse to live in Turkey for a while to get better at my Turkish, but not as the main thing. So please exclude advice about teaching opportunities with English/Turkish, thanks!)
  24. Hmm, I was told it was ellerine saglik (only with the right i character). Yes, I've been saying that also, and it seems like things have calmed down. I still get stuffed and I'm the one who has to finish anything left on the table but I'm not being force-fed anymore. xP Yes, I do like it! There's so much garlic! Sarumsak? Sometimes the salad has a very bitter herb in it that I don't know, but other than that everything is so delicious! And, amazingly enough, I haven't even been eating much meat at all here and it's still delicious!!!
  25. I like RS, it just... gets words wrong sometimes. I've used it before for Japanese and Arabic and French and it sometimes disappoints me. But overall, it's very useful to hear the language again and again if you aren't in Turkey with it sounding out all around you.
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