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    Dutch guy dating a Turkish girl

    What about your family taking a trip to Turkey to meet her family? Ask her how she would feel about this.
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    Residence Permit Procedure in Izmir

    I would bring the police clearance certificate anyway, it is very difficult to get once you have left Japan. Who knows when the rules will change. Also after one year you may wish to take up SGK (Turkish government health care) you will need your marriage certificate to get this.
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    Turkish Property Site

    I will send you a PM
  4. Do you need a smartphone to use the lyrics training Ken?
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    Turkish Pensions for Foreign Employees

    To be honest Fil, my info is at least 8 years old. The only ones of my (foreign) colleagues who could claim a pension were those with Turkish citizenship. I hope that i am wrong as I paid into the system for 7 years.
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    Kolej Help

    If it is to be official then the Ministry of Education requires teachers to have a college degree in the subject that they are teaching and an officially recognised teaching certificate. I would be wary of schools that hire teachers without these qualifications.
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    Health Insurance for over 65

    I believe that the SGK will cover you over 65, but as far as I know you do not need to provide evidence for residency if you are over 65
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    Criminal Record Need to Know

    If possible you should get it from the country where you have lived for the last few years and bring it with you.
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    Turkish Pensions for Foreign Employees

    Only foreigners who have taken Turkish citizenship are entitled to claim a pension, even if they have worked and paid their SGK contributions.
  10. Sounds great Ken, sounds like you have found a good one. We need to do more, too. I would like to watch more Turkish TV but I cannot stand the overacting.
  11. I get by, can make myself understood in most situations, and can get the drift of a conversation. I never really had lessons, we live too far from town and they tend to be intensive courses. Being British we also have problems with the names of tenses, future perfect, past imperfect, pluperfect etc means nothing to me even in English. My wife works hard at Duolingo each day and it is helping her. The other issue we have is that most of the Turks that we meet each day do not speak correct Turkish, or in full sentences either. For example the recent 'Iskan Bariş' is also referred to as 'Imar bariş' or 'Af' by others.
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    30 awesome Turkish expressions to know before you go

    The only way to learn these is to practise them. The missus was not too happy when I told her that her mosque had fallen down but her Mihrab was still standing.
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    Burglary in Turkey

    Excellent security advice, and covers most types of housing.
  14. We live in a village of about 80 people, 25km from town. We do not have immediate neighbours, the nearest are about 60m away. We have dogs (mainly because we love them), out fences can be climbed in about 4 seconds, they are to keep our dogs in, and other dogs out. Dogs are not really good for security as they can easily be poisoned. We have considered CCTV cameras, but this is not because we feel we need them, but it would be good to be able to see what the dogs are barking at, without going to look. It is normally wild boar.
  15. To put things into perspective, we have owned in Turkey for more than 30 years. I have not heard of anyone we know personally who has been robbed. this is a quite different story to the UK. As Ken says, unoccupied properties may get robbed occasionally but it is most unlikely that anyone would enter a property whilst the owner is in. I have lost count of the number of days when we wake to realise that we had left the keys in the door all night.
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    Bank Account

    You cannot open an account remotely. New laws to combat money laundering prevent it.
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    Moving to Guzelbahce In May 2019 to Marry a Turk

    How did you get on with the son apart from him being respectful?
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    Lost resident card

    Let us know how you get on Wael
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    Family Moving to Izmir

    Becky, it is still there, now called ACI (American collegiate Institute). They are an IB (International Baccalaureate) school. It did have some British teachers but was always run by an American board.
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    Opening a bank account

    Hi Mousa, welcome to the Forum. We have Turkish bank accounts, our cards (from Is Bankasi and Garanti Bankasi) work fine overseas, we buy from Amazon UK regularly, no worries.
  21. You should be able to get private medical insurance but will probably need to take out a year's cover.
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    Confusing message from Il Goc

    We also have tourist short term visas even though we own outright in one name. No worries
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    Confusing message from Il Goc

    It seems that you need to prove their relationship, eg marriage certificate, which should be translated into Turkish and notarised.
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    It wouldn't happen in........

    As we live our lives in Turkey we get used to the differences here, Europe and Western countries are so bound by rules, Health and safety, fear of being sued etc that IMHO it has become boring. I am asking TC members to write about their experiences that make living here different... we are so used to hearing people say ' It wouldn't happen like than in.....' in a negative way. I enjoy the challenges and surprises of living here. We are having a new store built for garden equipment, and I went to buy bricks, tiles, steel and wood. At the timber merchant we discussed our needs, and I heard the boss call someone to process the credit card payment. So when he came in I tried to give the man my card, instead he wrote down on a bit of paper, in Turkish, the name of a petrol station, his name and 1500TL. Apparently I had to go there to pay for the wood by credit card. He does not own the petrol station. At the petrol station I asked the boss why we were doing this.. does the wood merchant not have a credit card machine 'cihaz', 'yes but he buys his petrol from us, so we have an arrangement'