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  1. A club on Duo Lingo is a space for a group of people who are learning the same language. We can see each other's progress, communicate a but, and I believe they are in the process of adding additional features to make it more interactive. Over all, it is a great tool for learning Turkish, very easy and intuitive. You do not need a Facebook account to join, just the code I provided in my OP.
  2. Hi Ibrahim, yes I absolutely agree the site has opportunity to expand and become more inclusive, but personally I think they're doing a great job thus far. You do not need to be a native English speaker to use Duo Lingo in learning a second language. Greenstein, thank you for joining! All members of this forum and anyone who is interested is encouraged to do so. Even if we just get a few members, to have a small group where we can ask questions and practice Turkish among each other may be very beneficial. Teşekkürler!
  3. For those of us interested in learning Turkish, I highly recommend the program DuoLingo. It's free, and available on your desktop or as an app. I have just started a Turkish club through DuoLingo, so if anyone is interested in joining just download the app or find it online, and use the code P25XNW! Cheers!
  4. I am completing my degree in International Security with a minor in Arabic next spring, and I am very interested in working at a Turkish university. Could anyone please provide me with some insight as to what kinds of qualifications I might need? How much Turkish do i need to speak? How much education? Would a bachelor's and a TEFL certification do? How much experience? Any other skills/credentials/etc. ? Thank you kindly and so much in advance!
  5. Thank you so much, all. Ken and Green, the links you provided were so helpful, and Scotia, your personal experience was very informative. Perhaps it would be helpful to set up a section here (unless it already exists) for professional and personal networking amongst expats and knowledgeable, English speaking Turks Just an idea! Thanks again.
  6. I am looking to move to Istanbul around the summer or fall of next year. Currently I am taking Turkish classes and finishing a bachelor's degree in the US in International Security and Conflict Resolution. I also plan on earning my TEFL certification next summer. I go to a good, flexible university, and I have been wondering if I should get a second degree in order to increase my chances of good employment in Istanbul. Can anyone please help me and give me some insight on what is in demand in Istanbul? Are there particular fields or degrees that will get me hired quickly into a decent paying job? I do plan to have my options as an English teacher available, but I've been hearing it is very difficult to make a stable, comfortable living teaching English in Turkey. So, I would like to have a plan B.
  7. Alright, I'll have to do some further digging around online and report back. Thanks guys.
  8. Would anyone happen to have another recommendation for calculating the cost of living in Istanbul? I tried the numbeo site, however that seems very inaccurate. If someone could recommend another tool online, or just give me a basic break down here of like costs for food, transportation, utilities, etc. I'd really appreciate it. I'm willing to live in a non-central and/or semi-rundown area of Istanbul, a private one bedroom apartment or even a studio preferred, and I don't want to do any night life, alcohol, or excessive shopping.
  9. Hi all, I am an American citizen and my fiancee is a non-Turkish citizen as well, however he is residing with family in Istanbul. We were planning on getting married in Istanbul next month but there's a wrench in our plans. I have a morbid phobia of needles and he has been told that I would need to get a full blood draw, like from the arm. Is this true? Others have informed us that it's just a finger prick. Which is it?
  10. Hmm, anyone have advice on where (online) to find fair prices for apartments in Istanbul? Thanks!
  11. Thanks so much GDB! Will the school really handle the paperwork? I have been prowling forums for info, and many say the schools will be unhelpful and no longer offer to obtain a work Visa for their teachers. I WOULD like to do everything legally and by the book if possible. I believe you, especially if you've lived there a bit, but how on earth am I going to teach Turkish speakers English if I don't speak Turkish? I have to explain things to them, no?
  12. Hi all, I am a young American looking to come to Turkey in about a year to teach English in Istanbul. How much Turkish do I need to learn to live and teach/work? I've just started learning Turkish and I am working hard at it for 30-60 minutes a day every day. How long do you estimate (I know it's different for everyone) it will take me to reach a level where I can live and work basically? How much do I really need to come here and start out working? Of course I will learn more living there!
  13. Hi all, I am trying to move to Istanbul about a year from now and I would like to know how much my husband and I will need to be making each month in Lira to live comfortably together. My husband is a smoker, but other than that our expenses would just be the typical stuff. Rent for a one bedroom apartment in a safe area of town (does not need to be big, fancy, or in the central city), groceries, internet, cell phones, utilities, public transportation, occasionally eating out or replacing old clothing.
  14. Hi all, long story short I am an American citizen finishing up my college degree and looking to join my husband in Istanbul in about a year or so. My husband is not a Turkish citizen himself (but he is there legally) so I cannot use him for any kind of leverage with papers. My question is, what kind of Visa/Papers do I need? I just want to go there for a few years to live with my husband and work (we plan on going somewhere else eventually), however I do NOT want to give up my US citizenship and I do NOT want to stay there permanently. I plan on working at a job teaching English and I would like to rent an apartment with electricity and internet etcetera. I do not have any criminal history and no prior history of overstaying a visa or anything, so no problems there.
  15. Hi all, there is a backstory to this, but long story short I would like to join my fiancee in Istanbul in about a year or a year and a half. The main reason for the wait is that I am finishing my Bachelor's (4-year) degree. I am a young American born woman and my fiancee is Arab but lives with extended family in Istanbul now. So, that being said, I am starting my research now and trying to get ahead, so that I can try to line things up and do the right stuff (as much as possible) to ensure a better planned transition down the road when I head to Istanbul. I do NOT plan on giving up my US citizenship by permanently immigrating. Instead, I would like to work there for a few years and try to stay on some kind of Work Visa or other Visa. If anyone would be kind enough to give me their advice on what I can do now, and for the coming year or so, I would be overjoyed to hear from you. Currently I am learning Turkish on my own, about half an hour to a full hour every day. How long before I speak enough Turkish to go over there and work/live? How much Turkish do I need to live and work there? I am planning on looking for a job teaching English. Also I am saving up so that I have some starting money, or in other words two months of living costs (rent, food, utilities, tram fare, etc.) for two people, plus enough to buy a few basic things like a toaster for my apartment, a mattress, and some other small basic living items. How much should I plan on saving for all of this in Lira? What kind of monthly cost of living should I be prepared for? I know this is dependent on lifestyle. My fiancee and I are both in our 20's, looking to get a decent one bedroom apartment somewhere in the general area of Istanbul (doesn't have to be the center of the city, just somewhere safe). We would both be taking public transportation, and like to have internet in our home and a cell phone for each of us. My boy friend is a smoker however that is the only extra cost we would have. As far as groceries, rent, utilities, cell phone/internet, transportation, and all other basic living costs go (occasional new clothing, going out to eat occasionally, etc.) what would we need to live comfortably for the two of us? If anyone has thoughts on anything I can start doing now (besides learning Turkish and saving money) please let me know!
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