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  1. Sue - it's odd you shld mention this as my BF went inter-railing all the way to Istanbul back in the heady summer of 1989 (when we had just finished our A levels) She and her mate met some Turkish guys and one was called "Fatih". Coming from Bradford (!), needless to say they collapsed laughing. These guys didnt have a clue what they were on about and when it was explained to them were mortified!!!I had an old Uni lecturer once who was married to a Pole, and she said the safest bet was to have a name that worked in both languages that didnt need explaining the whole time - they called their da
  2. Dear FlowerSorry to hear of this.Do I understand correctly that this would not have been the case had you married your former partner in Turkey?
  3. and difference between using siz - you (singular?)Sen you - (plural?)
  4. Just started Unit 2 of R. Stone and it's suddenly jumped up a gear - hard when I dont have anyone to ask. So if anyone can advise on the following I'd be grateful.1. How does the grammar work from converting a noun eg elma - apple, to common use such asO elmasini yiyor: he is eating the apple (think I spelt that wrong)Onlar elmanlarini yiyor : they are eating apples (certain I spelt that wrong!)OR - Kopek - dog - erkek cocuk kopegi oyun oyunuyor- the boy is playing with the dog -likewise kedi for cat becomes kedisi- does it depend on whether the participant is singular or plural - boy or grou
  5. "After a few months of dating my now husband, I took a few measures to "protect" myself by being a little cautious and it hurt him so badly, I cannot tell you. Fortunately, he realized it was due to my 'suspicious' American culture and we got past it, but for him to know I did not completely trust him that far into the relationship almost destroyed it."This I can believe. You dont want to get on the wrong side of a Turkish guy Rain.Like I say ...."wired differently". Would a British guy have got so upset? Doubt it.
  6. Did anyone check out some of the recent You Tube videos of the women-only crowd at the Fenerbache League clash with Manisaspor?Loads of blonde Turks to be seen there - Turkish women are sooooooooo beautiful!
  7. Rain - I dont have much more to add to what the other regulars on this forum have said already. And they know the score as they've lived and worked in Turkey for years.But for your own sake, I wouldnt overestimate the kudos/ influence that comes with being a US citizen in other parts of the world - particularly somewhere like Turkey which is a Muslim country, bordering on the Middle East. I've seen what's happened to Americans travelling in Africa, who turn up with this mindset.I wont add anything to the comments made here about Turkish men - it seems you have already made your mind up about t
  8. Thanks for such detailed responses Saffrron - it's all fascinating though far beyond my current level.I speak reasonable French but I'm finding Turkish has more in common with English than any other European language I know.eg the pronunciation is largely consistent, except when a word ends g with hat on when it seems to just "dissolve".And slang among teenagers /informal Turkish . Are they speaking and writing in text language like kids in the UK?
  9. Hi - can anyone give me some guidance about the general cost of renting a room in a flat in Istanbul? I had a cursory look the last time I was over and it seems Manchester prices - £400- £500 a month is achievable. I'd prefer to stay somewhere pretty close to the centre - Besitikas, Galata, Beyoglu Or even somewhere over the other side like Yusufpasa? Ideally I'd like a flatshare, but a hostel initially or staying with a family could be an option. Anyone know about deposits etc - how the whole renting thing works in Istanbul ? Plus which are the best publication/ websites for listings? I'd be
  10. Haha!My best friend is from Bradford - I can well believe it's an accent you'll never shake.I am having mixed feelings about the Turkish I am learning so far.On many levels it seems quite straighforward - esp the grammar, apart from the i with dot /without situation- which seems to be quite easy to get wrong when you are starting out. What I am noticing is the verbs are very economical and one verb can mean lots of different variations on the same idea/theme.Plus a lot of the words are so similar - yaziyor, usuyor, kosuyor.Annoyingly my RS course is now refusing to download the next unit - but
  11. I'm quite enjoying it actually - it doesnt feel like a chore at all. But it's clearly just one way of learning the language.The emphasis is on getting you speaking turkish straightaway which is good.But I'm still at the preliminary stages and as this thread has shown already, you really do need to ask for guidance at certain points.Plus it's expensive - I paid three hundred quid.Ideally I think you'd do RS and a nightschool class too- but thats not an option for me.
  12. Thank you CurbagliSorry if I have to post some more (dumb ass) questions soon.Rosetta Stone doesnt give english translations, I suspect this is how they sell the same branded product all over the world without changing it .
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