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  1. Why don't we widen this thread to 'do mixed marriages work?' There are people married to all sorts of different nationalities, not just Turks.
  2. Well, Fil, I am an English teacher and live in Istanbul so why should Abigale write to this other person? To get a second opinion you mean or do you think I'm inventing the past two years?or telling lies? Im an experienced and proficient teacher and my students are more than happy with me but obviously my word doesnt count for anything?. If you want I can direct Abigale to the TEFLON black list website which has more than one Istanbul language school on it.
  3. It happened in the East which explains a lot but in the West the judge would have been disbarred.
  4. I also wanted to add that as Turks as a rule, don't speak English or speak it badly, you're also going to need reasonable Turkish. From a methodology point of view thus seems ridiculous i.e. We are supposed to keep to the target language but they like spoon feeding here and beginners need either Turkish teachers or natives with good Turkish.
  5. Indeed. But as a lawyer I'm shocked at a judge like that who is allowed to practise law. Turkey still has a LONG way to go.
  6. Firstly, welcome to the forum Abigale.I am an experienced ESL teacher and live and work in Istanbul. I have been living here since September 2008 and so I can give you some advice on the matter. Taking your points one by one: 1. Istanbul is saturated with English teachers. It is a magnet. People want to live here and finance themselves and of course more or less the only way of doing that is by teaching English. It used to be a great place to find a job instantly and earn reasonably but those days are gone. I worked for 4 schools here and encountered extreme unprofessional-ism on many levels. The last one didn't even pay me. Since that time I have worked privately which I can do as I have some (dwindling!) savings and my own flat.They advertise quite regularly in other expat websites like craigslist but the pay has become appalling. The last one I saw was offering 1,000 TL with a room and residence permit paid for forty hours a week. That amount of teaching is exhausting and I think it worked out at about 7 tl per hour. And they are one of the big schools. If you go on the Asian side of the city the choice is somewhat better and it's not as pricey as the European side but still it's not wonderful. And don't believe them when they say they will get you a work permit; they never do. Work permits are expensive and difficult to obtain, even for language teachers. The schools here just want to use people and then offload them and they can do this because there are a fresh lot of naive newbies arriving every month in Istanbul, mostly from North America but also from Oz and the UK. It's a plus that you have qualifications and experience but experience isn't valued here. I should know that. There are jobs in private schools and private universities but they are like gold dust and last time I tried there were none available. Plus you have to start pitching for those well ahead of the academic year starting. 2. USD 1,500 won't get you very far for very long, believe me. I'm sure you will try to economize etc but Istanbul is the priciest city in Turkey. Why not go to Ankara or Izmit (in Koecali and has two schools which need teachers I think). They may not be as aesthetically beautiful but nothing's fun when you're out of cash. I came here principally to teach as I've been doing it for years and formerly taught in Russia, Italy and Germany. This is the worst for language teaching because the schools aren't very good apparently but there are also some bright and motivated students. But they tend not to go to the language schools as the groups are big and their ignorant admin staff are unable to level test correctly as they don't speak English themselves. 3. Flat rentals. With 3 people you can pretty much get a reasonable rental. And with the economic crash there's plenty for rent so that's the least of your worries. But do yourself a favour and change your idea regarding location.
  7. A Turkish lawyer friend told me a sad story about the Turkish justice system and it illustrates why TR has a long way to go before it can satisfy the reforms viz a viz human rights demanded by the EU.A young Turkish child was sadly killed as a result of governmental negligence. I don't know the exact facts but eg could have fallen into a pothole in the road etc. Then parents initiated a personal injury claim and the judge said that they deserved no compensation since they would actually be saving money on not having to pay for the childs upbringing and education. This shocking first instance decision was, I am happy to say, overturned at appellate level but it certainly gives one pause for thought.
  8. Yeah, I doped and have had lots of hormonal probs since then - you pay a price for doing sport seriously. I'm sorry to hear about your ailments. As a former nurse I can say that some serious conditions can only be solved by conventional medicine but yes, homeopathic remedies have great value as a 'top-up.' I'm surprised Fethiye doesn't have more available with its large foreign community...
  9. LiP, hmm...yes...sounds like not a good time to be shipping from abroad as these Customs duties are newly introduced and causing mayhem. Yes, you did recommend iherb to me but that ain't the same as bodybuilding whey:)) Also I take stuff like Creatine and Glutamine and these are all sports supplements and there is a difference between that and what you want. I do also take something called Revenol for breast problems and this comes from Belgium and I get it shipped to the UK and pick it up from there. Since that time I met a hunky Brazilian guy at the gym (nice sport I do!) who gave me the name of a sports supplement and powder shop in Taksim that I NEVER knew existed! Was very grateful because my gym orders Weider for me but it costs nearly three times as much as it does in Europe and although I do schlepp it back from the UK, it's pretty heavy and bulky in my suitcase. The aforementioned shop only does sports stuff which I think isn't what you want but there IS a shop in Nisantisi which sells such exotic stuff as tofu (actually made in Turkey) and lots of other herbal stuff and I wonder if they ship across Turkey? Next time I'm in Nisantisi (which won't be for a while as I've been caught by the Istanbul annual flu epidemic) I'll ask them.
  10. Ah I see. Well, yes LiP, I saw something on another forum about a recent change in Customs regulations and yes they will be changing it a lot more in the future I'm afraid. This is because Turkey has a massive trade deficit (more imports than exports). As, similar to alcohol, they can't ban imports they will simply slap more tax on, The good news is Turks, like Russians, believe in herbal remedies and if you search around maybe you can find equivalents here. It can be a pain yes, and I get asked to bring loads of things back by students and friends each time I go home. I have big dermatitis problems with my skin and can only use aqueous cream to wash my face which I bring from home each time in a big tub:) There are some companies in Turkey who do mail order as well. Good luck!
  11. You could also make the argument that someone who hooks a guy into marriage when they are both too young to know better, and then let's him keep her for the rest of her life is also a prostitute, albeit sanitised by a marriage certificate.
  12. I read this with interest. My female students are lovely, intelligent girls with good jobs. But they are from the West. Contrasted with their Anatolian sisters many of whom feel it is a disgrace to work and would rather 'ponce off' others, as Toasty puts it. And yes, I regularly hear 'it's all the fault of the US' from these types of people. I met them in Germany and i meet them here and all they can do is moan about their own lives and b*tch about people not in their tribe. I suppose they get bored of sitting around all day and so start to subscribe to conspiracy theories. The only mixed marriages which I know have worked is where the wife is an educated Turk and the husband is a foreigner.
  13. What are you worrying about? I bought two old kilims for my house and that wasn't cheap but i didn't get stressed about it. Mosaic lights can be bought almost anywhere and cost peanuts.
  14. Sorry, no but I don't think the firm has got it wrong:( It's really hard to get stuff like that here. When I go home I stock up. Cant you do that on your next visit home?
  15. Good point:) But sadly it's usually too late cor these victims by the time they read this forum...
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