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  1. Ok, so I wondered about what Turks use as common sayings or truisms. Example, in the US we say things like; The Apple Doesn't Fall Far From the Tree, You Get What You Pay For, When I Rains It Pours, etc. And some oldies but goodies like "Silence is Golden" or the Golden Rule; Do Unto Others As You Would Want Them to Do Unto You; taken from the Christian Bible I believe. I imagine Turks have some in common with what is used here and elsewhere but maybe some unique ones that come from the old Turkish culture of the Ottoman Empire or even before. Perhaps much of it is taken from the Koran. I am sure some relate to the culture of hospitality Turks are known for. Those would be especially interesting for me. Please provide English translation if you don't mind.
  2. Hello. I am watching this soap currently. Can anyone please tell me if, what the narrator is saying is from a book ? From 14:12 to 15:50 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7ocvDJm93I Also, can you watch turkish soap series on the internet with english subtitles or rent them? Something like netflix?
  3. My husband and I just found out that when my brother comes to visit us for 3 weeks at the end of the year, he'll be bringing his Turkish girlfriend with him. This will be a large family gathering (for us), with 10-11 people staying in our house for at least part of that time. Some quick background on us: we're all American and live in the US. My brother and I are ethnically Chinese, while my husband is white. I don't really know anything about Turkish culture, although my husband is a little more worldly and quickly picked up that she was Turkish after hearing her name (and had the awareness to offer to switch our big meal together from ham to turkey). We're secular ourselves, although we do know she's a practicing Muslim (although we don't know any more than that). Most of the advice on here seems to be for people who are dating a Turkish woman or man — but can anyone provide some advice and etiquette for the family she's going to meet for the first time? We'd like her to feel welcome and comfortable while she's here, and as I mentioned, I'm not very familiar with Turkish culture, so any advice would be greatly appreciated. So far, our plans are to have a big turkey dinner one day (we also heard she wanted to experience an American Thanksgiving but won't be able to visit then, so this feels like a good substitute), and to do some gift exchanges on New Year's Eve (we'll still let the kids open their presents on December 25th, since they won't be able to wait). Basically, we're a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic family, so we're trying to blend as much together as possible. Thanks again for the advice and suggestions.
  4. We are looking for an exciting guide to show us around Istanbul for a BBC show! You do not need experience as a tour guide but will need to have good English and be able to show us parts of the city that will awaken the senses. We want to experience the weird and wonderful side of Istanbul – nothing is out of bounds!! Please get in touch with [email protected] if you are interested, or if you know anyone that would fit the bill! I look forward to hearing from you! Freddie
  5. Looking to find some foragers in Turkey. I have been having a hard time finding anything online, and knowing this is mainly a very limited profession, I'm hoping someone on the board knows someone. Really wanting to find natural herbs, grasses, mushrooms, and wild fruits local only to Turkey. Any help would be appreciated. Justin
  6. A new documentary has been released talking about the Laz and Hemsin communities of the Black Sea region of Turkey. Expats with friends from that area might be interested in it and I am certain, people from Rize and Trabzon will. Called Dance the Past into the Future, it is in Turkish with English subtitles. See my review here : http://turkishtravelblog.com/laz-hemsin-turkey/ Or watch the trailer on Vimeo
  7. Hello, I am thinking about moving to turkey but I am not able to find governmental universities in social sciences bachelor programs in English, and i did find private universities but those are so expensive, i was wondering if anyone has any tips for me on how to get into universities. I would also like some opinion about the work circumstances in turkey, i speak four languages ( Farsi, Dutch, English, Turkish), I do speak Turkish on a B2/C1 scale although I am not a Turk. another thing that I was wondering is the beginner salaries and work circumstances, as if I move I have to provide for myself and live independently. is it difficult to live on your own in turkey as a 20 year old girl ( in big cities, like Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Antalya) ? I am aware of the culture and most of the traditions but in real life it is different, is the society used to young girls living on their own or do people look at it in a different way? hope to be able to get some help from you guys Thank you
  8. I'm sure I'm not the only who's had this conversation... Just what are our kids? Do you consider them "mixed race?" In some respects, the fact that I'm American and he's NATIVE Turkish makes our son multi-cultural (and, inshallah, bi-lingual in the future), but Turk is not really a race. Neither is Arabic, for that matter, but in today's society, I'm willing to put it out there that a Muslim/Arab receives as much prejudice as a person of color, thanks to all the media coverage of terrorism around the world. But "Arab" is not a box to check on any forms. There's a whole lot of attention about Latin, but that's not even a race; it's an ethnicity. (Hmmm.... to do list: find out whom I can contact to persuade them to change that...) So, is Turk considered Asian, since it's Asia minor and on the maps? But if you research, some resources say that Turks are Caucasian, but others say they come from the Mongols, so are Asian. Maybe I'll just have my son check the "Other" box. What do you think?
  9. Hello eveybody! A Turkish family was very kind to us and we would like to thank them by giving them a cake. I am in Germany now and as I am not very familiar with the Turkish culture, I was wondering if there is anything specific that I have to keep in mind. Do Turkish people generally like very sweet things, or not so sweet? Are there any restrictions to the ingredients? Any suggestions to what cake they might like? Many thanks, Juliane
  10. Oh man, oh man, I need some more advice! (What would I do without you guys!) I love Turkish food! I really do, but I don't eat all that much and my landlady seems intent on making me explode. She doesn't want me to stop eating and won't accept my doydum's! I'm not sure what else to say without being rude, so tonight she kept wanting me to finish the rice and tzatziki sauce that was left over and at first I thought she just meant the rice so I ate that and then she came back and pointed to the sauce and told me to eat! And... Well... I could have eaten it with more of the dinner but that would of meant eating way more food so I just ate it... alone... except the bread... And she kind of looked at me weird and asked if I wanted rice and the other part of the meal too and I couldn't explain that if I did that I really would burst so we kind of had an awkward moment but finally I finished and she was happy. But... I kind of need advice. Is it very rude to say that you're way too full to keep eating? I don't want to make her lose face, but at the same time I don't want to make myself sick. This is kind of a funny story now that it's over, but not exactly the most enjoyable experience to be having every night.
  11. A little info to start with Me and my girlfriend have been dating for about 6 months now but I have been best friends with her for a few years now. I am 29 Puerto Rican born in the US Girlfriend and hopefully to be wife is 26 Turkish born in the US Her parents were born in Turkey and are extremely old school traditional as she would explain it. I thought with them being traditional and all I should get to know and the family get to know me well before I ask her parents for her hand in marriage. So she introduced me to her parents about a month ago for desert and tea time and I have since been over once for a dinner. When her father hears of me and her hanging out or going to a resturant and such it appears to upset him since we dont have an engagement set yet and we are out in public. It seems like he likes me as a person and my girlfriend and her sisters agree. I am struggling finding where I should be. I am not sure if I should rush the engagement or still give it time to get the family to know me. This month has been a busy one for both parties since I have been studying and testing for certs. I would like to ask her parents before I ask her and I know she is the one for me already and there is no question about that and I feel she feels the same about me. I honestly thought her parents would not like the rush but it seems like we cant make progress and we will upset her father in the mean time if we do not get engaged prior to us having a relationship. I am not very familiar with the culture and the only thing I hear about it is from my girl so I am hoping people on here may be able to help me out and give me some type of direction because I would love to have a great relationship with my wife's parents.
  12. I still remember a French woman I met when I landed at the Ataturk Airport (and also in Turkish territory) for the first time. She was waiting in my neighboring line when I was trying to reschedule my flight to an earlier one. "Here in Turkey, you have to take things slow." She suddenly interjected, "you cannot really expect things to move on at a fast pace." Now three months have passed, and I am starting to understand what she was trying to tell me. Punctuality does not seem to be a strictly-obeyed rule in Turkey. There are countless times when someone made an appointment with me yet failed to show up at the suggested hour. A few can show up within the half an hour after our appointment time. There are also times when I stuck to the principle of punctuality and showed up at their places at the right time. Yet some of them would seem to be panicked and unprepared, as if I had never made an appointment. If someone says :"I will send you an email in two days." I'll probably get it by the end of this week, on condition that I constantly "harass" that poor guy with numerous phone calls.
  13. I've always heard that family is so important to Turkish families and I've heard of traditions where they kiss the hand or something like that as form of respect. Correct me if I'm wrong but I wanna know more of this traditions of Turkish families.
  14. Just visiting Istanbul for 2 weeks, but I have noticed these things: People dress more conservatively. People look quite smart and European, especially on the metro and metro bus. People behave like city people, but if you ask them a question they quickly snap out of it, are very friendly and helpful. There are no chavs. There are no young single mothers with pushchairs, mobile phones, and smoking fags! People are dressed for the weather - sounds odd, but so many people at home do not! Everyone is an expert.....and I mean everyone......they know everything about everything, and they love to tell you how much they know!!!--- People are really helpful and flexible.
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