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  1. I became a Turkish citizen with Turkish name in 2005. I've used my British passport (with British name) to travel outside Turkey and back twice - in 2006 and 2007. On holiday (in India and Thailand) I simply used the British passport. I certainly didnt have any problems coming back into Turkey - I dont remember if I just showed my kimlik (would you need a passport to enter your own country?) - or both passport and kimlik.Unless the regulations have changed since 2007 (in which case please let me know!!) there shouldnt be any problem based on my experience.
  2. I understood that the compulsory DASK deprem sigorta covered the building only, and that that was the landlords responsibilty. I assumed that my own possessions inside the apartment would be my own responsibilty in an earthquake, just as they would in a fire. If thats not true, please let me know - because I am wasting my money on unnecessary premium payments!
  3. I took out contents insurance with Akbank - but before doing so went over the situations covered - and was amazed that earthquake was NOT included. I asked to have this added in - it put up the premium noticeably - but I think its very worthwhile. A few months later we did have an earthquake here. I only lost a pretty vase (didnt bother to claim for that I confess) but whilst other people were panicking about their widescreen tvs etc - I just had to save myself! So I would advise making sure that 'deprem' is included.
  4. I had a bit of a drama last year, when, not knowing about the ridiculous reduction from 150 to 75 euros, I ordered sandals. The firm I use sends via DHL or UPS ... they decide which. In this case the order for 3 pairs was sent as 2 packages, with the more expensive sandals sent alone in one of these. Both packages came to just over 75 euros each. One was sent with DHL and another with UPS. They both contacted me and a long process of forms to be completed and returned etc etc I was worried because they told me there were storage charges whilst the process was carried out - v expensive ones - and I thought I would be liable for these. They told me that the sender would pay all charges though - and I wasnt asked to pay anything.Another totally different package at the same time sent by post involved payments in Fethiye to both customs and tax office and alot of to ing and fro ing.I've made sure since that I have kept any orders below the 75 euro ............. but this is not easy (especially with a stronger dollar against the euro). I had got the impression that I needed to have an importers license to receive a package valued at more than 75 euro - or pay far more than 20% duty.
  5. I can understand how, as there is no direct translation, the context is important. In this case, I had ordered some items online and the firm had sent the wrong color nail polish (I am aware its not a life and death matter!) I would not have chosen that color myself, but wanted to ask a Turkish friend what they thought of it - and it made me realise that I was not sure how to say this in Turkish.Several people have recommended 'seçmezdim' .... aorist plus past .... I use this to mean 'used to' or as a negative 'did not use to' ... so would have thought using that option would mean 'I didn't use to choose this color'.....which sounds a bit strange, but possible. But in this case, 'I' would be deciding to choose this color so the desired meaning is not the same.
  6. Hi Quinn - that would be a great idea. (I don't know for sure what the regulations on the website would be for this myself but wouldnt think it would be a problem here)
  7. thanks for your replies - all of them v useful and interesting. Istanbulwhiteboy - what is 'K' level?
  8. Wanting to say 'I would not have chosen this colour'. The best I could come up with was ....'Bu rengi secmeyecektim'. Is there a more appropriate way to say this kind of sentence I wonder?
  9. thanks for your replies. I ve had a look at several of the suggestions so far - will look at others later today. I found 360 on my digiturk package too. was live broadcase of CHP on most news channels when I was watching.....found it very interesting indeed (wish my Turkish was better). Also looked at Show TV news in evening and I really liked the newsreader - middle aged male (or possibly old if you are younger than I am!!) who seemed to speak slightly slower and very clearly.I had no idea that Euronews offered all those language options! It is a good place to watch in one language and then the other, as news summaries are short I don't watch it often as the english language voice over people often have irritating accents and ways of speaking (!) - the Turkish voices were much pleasanter.If there are any other Turkish programs (apart from news) anyone can recommend with people speaking fairly slowly and clearly I would be interested (apart from cookery type of thing which I find much too boring in any language!)
  10. My Turkish has taken a back seat over the past 12 months due to some nasty problems in my life, and I really need to freshen it up and start improving it again.I'd like to start watching the news in Turkish, but find it very difficult. Picture me sitting in front of the TV saying 'yavaş lütfen!!' (they don't take any notice of my request!).I wonder if anyone can recommend a channel. (I have the usual Digiturk channels). Anything too highbrow would be beyond my Turkish I am sure. And I cannot handle ladies with squeaky voices!!! (why do they do that?).I surf about and tend to come back to NTV, but am just getting started so would be interested in other peoples opinions. Also, are there any particular programs?
  11. Thanks Cukurbaglı. Ah well - the bank is a nice cool airconditioned spot to sit these days!
  12. Does anyone know if it is now possible to pay the monthly premiums of the new government health insurance by automatic payment through a bank?I tried to do this (thru Akbank) but they said they required another number in addition to the kimlik number.But when I tried to get this from SGK they said there was no additional number. I'm currently paying by going into VakifBank and paying cash there. The receipts they give me do not carry any number in addition to the Kimlik.
  13. I am thinking of a short holiday in Akyaka (also known sometimes as Gokova) this summer. Does anyone know if it is possible to get a bus directly there from Fethiye? And, if so, which company (ies) run this route?If there is no direct route, any advice on which would be the best way to do this would be appreciated. I don't fancy waiting by the side of the road in hot weather, so would prefer to maybe go a bit further to enable me to change buses at an actual otogar.
  14. Firstly, what a great thread! Would an equivalent to the horse related saying be - 'shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted'?It often amazes me how there are similar sayings in different languages which have no historical connexion to each other. Maybe this shows human beings are all on the same wavelength really?
  15. I've recently joined the new government health insurance scheme and understood from the eczane and other sources that this entitled me to an 80% discount on prescribed medicines.I have to take medicines for several different chronic problems and before joining the scheme have just paid the going price for these. None are controlled drugs - they can all be bought without a prescription.Since joining the schemeI have seen a doctor about one of the problems, and asked him if he could please write a prescription for the other two also. He did this. But when I took the prescription to the ecane she told me that I needed a 'rapor' also to qualify for the health insurance discount.The doctor and hospital staff didnt seem to be aware of this.Can anyone tell me what a 'rapor' is exactly and how I would go about obtaining them?
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