Tag Archives: Turkish

How to survive a dinner in Turkish, when you don’t speak it

    Twelve years into this relationship, I am proud to say that I have mastered the alphabet, learned hundreds of words, can order a meal for myself and make basic pleasantries, but yet also appalled at myself as I have not … Continue reading

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Learning Türkçe: Rowing in vain?

 Sometimes you try and try but you can’t get what you want because you are beating a dead horse and your endeavour is futile. In Turkish, the same concept is expressed with a different metaphor: “Boşa kürek çekmek.”  It literally … Continue reading

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Enjoying a cuppa at the Çinaraltı cafe on Bozcaada

Nothing is more evocative of Turkey for me than the sound of tiny spoons clinking into glasses at a Çay bahçesi (i.e. tea garden or cafe). The puppets sigh with hiraeth at this thought.  They do pine for home now that … Continue reading

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