Jul 27, 2013 By Tags:,

İngilizce Öğrenmek: Top 5 resources for finance

finance-english-for-turksIn our İngilizce Öğrenmek series we like to highlight resources that can be helpful for Turks learning English. At, many of our adult students in Istanbul work in the finance industry. From banking to insurance, audit, tax and advisory. Many of our Turkish students ask us for recommendations on English language resources to keep up to date with the markets while simultaneously practicing their English.

As a learning resource, these online sources are a great tool because they are free and the articles are short. Most articles only take three to five minutes to read. Short enough that its quite easy for a busy professional to fit one to two articles in per day either while at the desk or a commute.
Here is the last of our favorites:

#5 – Market Watch

Market Watch (as its name implies) is a very US focused financial market resource. The site provides increasingly significant coverage of emerging markets, Europe and Asia. The site also offers personal finance news and tools to manage your own finances. MarketWatch is a subsidiary of Dow Jones. Articles are short, informative and written in very basic English loaded with finance terminology.

#4 – Seeking Alpha

Seeking Alpha is an independent website which accepts articles from a host of writers. The site was founded in 2004 by former Wall Street analyst, David Jackson and is the most widely read resource by the finance industry. There are almost 200 articles posted per day, so whatever your specialty or interest, you will find something to suit your tastes.

#3 Investopedia

Investopedia has evolved from a finance term dictionary into what is now a news resource. We still love Investopedia for its original purpose, a comprehensive dictionary of finance and investing terms. Its a great site to bookmark and use when one term is not yet in your vocabulary.


#2 – Bloomberg

The wonderful thing about Bloomberg is that the articles cover the wider political and economic climate. The writing is very clear and the IPAD application (free) is beautifully designed.

#1 The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal is a must read resource for any professional. The writing style and density is by far the hardest on our list, so would be reserved for Advanced students of the English language. The articles are highly comprehensive and the IPAD applications (free) is also wonderfully designed.

As always, if you have any other suggestions for our İngilizce Öğrenmek series, please do let us know and we would love to hear from you in our comments.

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İngilizce Türkiye’de: Gram Istanbul


Welcome to the sixth post in our İngilizce Türkiye’de series. Today we would like to highlight a newly opened casual lunch cafe and bakery in Beyoğlu, Gram Istanbul

In our İngilizce Türkiye’de series we highlight establishments across Turkey that offer great service and command of the English language. On a recent trip that made to Gram, we were impressed with the quality of the food, the service and servers’ ability to converse in English. The explanations of the food, ingredients and preparation style that we received in the English language, were commendable.

Gram is a small bakery and cafe in the heart of Beyoğlu, opened by chef, Didem Şenol. Didem is now famous in the Istanbul culinary scene due to her wildly successful Karakoy restaurant, Lokanta Maya. Lokanta Maya focuses on Turkish classics with a modern twist, prepared with seasonal fresh ingredients.

Gram Istanbul is effectively the lunch cafe version of Lokanta Maya. Everyday five to eight hot dishes and a selection of salads are prepared. The focus is on Turkish cuisine with some interesting takes on the classics. Like many classic Turkish büfe in Beyoğlu, servings are cafeteria style and priced based on the number of selections you make. Prices are reasonable but expect to pay more than your standard Istiklal lunch fare. There is also a bakery that prepares some of the best desserts and assorted baked goods we have ever eaten in Istanbul. Lunch is served from 12 to 3 pm daily with the bakery opened until 6pm.


On our last visit, we were particularly impressed with the quality of the service delivered in English.

For this week’s vocabulary lesson we would like to go over classic Turkish ingredients often featured on Gram’s menu:

  • pazı … swiss chard
  • kabak … pumpkin
  • ıspanak … spinash
  • havuç … carrot
  • patlıcan …. eggplant
  • pancar … beetroot
  • bezelye …. pease
  • enginar … artichoke

We hope you enjoyed both our review of Gram Istanbul and our vocabulary lesson! As always, if you know of any restaurants, cultural institutions or attractions across Turkey that should be commended for the quality of their English, be sure to let us know!

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İngilizce Türkiye’de: Kydonia

Welcome to the fifth post in our İngilizce Türkiye’de series. Today we would like to highlight a newly opened Bosphorus balık lokantası,  located in Kuruçeşme, Kydonia.


In our İngilizce Türkiye’de series we highlight establishments across Turkey that offer great service and command of the English language. On a recent trip that made to Kydonia, we were thoroughly impressed with the views, the food and the service.

Kydonia is an Agean fish restaurant specializing in mezze dishes and cooking styles from the island of Crete. The restaurant originally opened in the port of Alacatı. The Istanbul location (which we visited) opened last November. The setting is truly spectacular with a commanding view of the Bosphorus including the Kuleli Military High School, the first military high school (lisesi) in Turkey, founded in 1845 by Ottoman Sultan Abdülmecid I. Needless to say, the beautiful building makes a lovely backdrop at night when it’s lit up in multicolor LED effects. The defining feature of Kydonia is that the entire restaurant becomes an open air terrace in the warmer months, as the roof is completely retractable.


On our visit, the dishes were all extremely tasty and fresh, but the highlights were the cold mezes including grilled artichoke hearts, girit ezme, stuffed zuchini flowers and fried Greek cheese. The hot appetizers that followed were also very well prepared, including grilled octopus and fish kokorec (similar to the lamb version but prepared with a hard white fish instead). The wine list is impressive and the service is impeccable. Our server knew the English translation of every meze in the restaurant, and there were over 30 on display that evening! Kydonia is not a cheap night out, but it’s reasonably priced considering the quality of the ingredients, the inventiveness of the dishes and the view and setting of the restaurant.

Here are some Turkish to English translations of some of our favorite dishes at Kydonia:

  • Izgara Lorlu Börek … white cheese rolled in pastry and grilled
  • Sıcak Yatırma Peyniri … fried white cheese
  • Izgara Ahtapot … grilled octopus
  • Cevizli Kalamar Dolma … stuffed squid (with nuts and meat)
  • Ahtapot Yahni … octupus stew

As always, if you know of any establishments that we should highlight in our İngilizce Türkiye’de series please do let us know!




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İngilizce Türkiye’de: Muze de Changa

muze-da-changaWelcome to the fourth post in our İngilizce Türkiye’de series. Today we would like to highlight a wonderful cafe / restaurant located in the Sakıp Sabancı Museum, Muze de Changa.

In our İngilizce Türkiye’de series we highlight establishments across Turkey that offer great service and command of the English language. On a recent trip that made to the Sakıp Sabancı Museum, we decided to stop in to Muze de Changa for breakfast. We were very impressed with the quality of the food, the setting and the wonderful service we received in English.

Muze de Changa is a well established Istanbul restaurant that opened its doors back in 2005. The restaurant is located in the Emirgan district. The restaurant is housed on the top floor of the Sakıp Sabancı Museum, overlooking the property’s beautiful gardens and the Bosphorus. The restaurant is well known for its high end dinner menu. On our last visit we discovered that the restaurant makes a wonderful breakfast on weekends. The breakfast service is largely unadvertised on its website, yet is extremely popular with locals.


If you have ever wanted to visit the restaurant but are put off by the expensive prices for dinner, we certainly suggest visiting for breakfast. Prices are reasonable and the restaurant prepares wonderful twists on the classic Turkish kahvalti. Delicious börek with non-traditional ingredients, tasty menemen and a wide selection of traditional Turkish breads were a highlight. The kahvalti menu is short but it delivers enough choice to keep all your diners happy.

Combining a visit to the museum with a meal at the restaurant, and perhaps a walk to Emirgan park (which is located just a five minute walk up the Bosphorus), makes a perfect day out. For any visitor to Istanbul, the upper Bosphorus location of the restaurant is also a fabulous and often-skipped district. Be sure to call the restaurant ahead and a book a table on the terrace, which can be a bit crowded on the weekends, with many visitors celebrating birthdays or other special occasions.

For our Muze de Changa review, here is a small amount of vocabulary about museum collections:

  • Kitap Sanatları ve Hat Koleksiyonu   Callıgraphy collectıon
  • Resım koleksiyonu   Paıntıngs
  • Arkeolojık ve taş koleksionu   Archeological collectıon
  • Mobilya ve dekoratif koleksionu   Furnıture and decorative arts
  • Yeni alımlar   Recent acquisitions

As always, if you know of any establishments that we should highlight in our İngilizce Türkiye’de series please do let us know!


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İngilizce Türkiye’de: SALT Galata


Welcome to the third post in our İngilizce Türkiye’de series. In our second post, we introduced a great Agean mezze restaurant called Eleos. In our third post we will highlight SALT Galata, a wonderful cultural institution in the heart of Istanbul.

In our İngilizce Türkiye’de series we highlight establishments across Turkey that offer great service. SALT Galata is the second installment of the not for profit SALT. The other two locations are SALT Beyoğlu (also in Istanbul) and SALT Ulus (in Ankara). SALT Galata is a wonderful multipurpose venue, with a museum, art gallery, archive, cafe and restaurant! For any resident of Istanbul or visitor, it is a great place to spend an afternoon or evening. For the most part, SALT Galata is much less visited than the nearby Beyoğlu location.

SALT Galata opened November 22, 2011. Originally designed by Alexander Vallaury as the 19th century Imperial Ottoman Bank headquarters. SALT Galata is comprised of four main elements:

  • The Ottoman bank museum (wonderful display of financial records and archives set in the vault / basement of the original bank)
  • SALT Research, which offers access to print and digital resources, exhibitions and a conference hall
  • Ca’d’oro cafe, a lovely cafe which serves light snacks and has a strong internet connection and large tables for all day projects
  • Ca’d’oro restaurant, a more upscale restaurant serving lunch and dinner on a terrace overlooking the Golden Horn

In honor of SALT Galata and its Ottoman bank roots, here are some words related to art and exhibitions!

Sanat… art

Sergi… exhibition

Gösterim… presentation or screening

Konuşma… speech, public lecture

Atölye… (artist) studio


As always, if you know of any restaurants or attractions in Turkey that have a strong command of the English language, please recommend them to us for our İngilizce Türkiye’de series!

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Jul 13, 2013 By Tags:,

Deyim – Savaş ve Barış

Savaş ve Barış: Famous sayings and quotes about War and Peace, that offer some interesting vocabulary for our Turks learning English.

At we love using quotes to get our Turkish students excited about learning to express ideas in English. We frequently post quote content on our Facebook Page and provide Turkish to English translations. If you like this lesson, be sure to like us on our Facebook page to see more sayings and expressions in English, and to improve your vocabulary at the same time.


Peace at home, peace in the world.’

– Mustafa Kemal Atatürk , as quoted in many sources including, Atatürk (1963) by Uluğ İğdemir


‘Knowledge has no enemy except an ignorant man.’

– George Puttenham (1589)

Now for some Turkish to English vocabulary review:

knowledge… bilgi

enemy… düşman

except… hariç

ignorance… cahil



‘Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.’

– President John F. Kennedy

And some more Turkish to English vocabulary review:

peaceful… barışsever/huzurlu

impossible… imkânsız

revolution… devrim

violent… öfkeli/şiddetli

inevitable… kaçınılmaz/beklenen


‘There never was a good war, or a bad peace.’ In Turkish:

‘İyi bir savaş veya kötü bir barış hiç olmamıştır.’

– Benjamin Franklin (1783)

If there are any other expressions or concepts besides War and Peace / Savaş ve Barış that you would like us to cover, please let us know and we would be happy to examine it!

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İngilizce Dersleri: ABD’de yolcu uçağı iniş yaparken düştü

İngilizce öğrenmek! Türklere online dersler

In our İngilizce Dersleri series we provide online video learning lessons. These video learning lessons are designed to compliment our online conversation classes. We encourage our Turkish students learning English to use these videos between conversation classes. They are designed to develop a student’s reading and listening skills.

In our İngilizce Dersleri series we try our best to use recent current events to spark motivation and interest in our students. Today’s article is about the recent Air Asiana plane crash into San Francisco airport (SFO). We recommend this article for our intermediate students of English. The event was tragic and involved deaths, our condolences go out to the families of those who lost their lives in this accident. This is also a great video lesson for anyone taking the IELTS program. The article provides very good vocabulary for describing a current event. We hope that you will all find it useful!

Turkish speakers may also like to look at the BBC article, ABD’de yolcu uçağı iniş yaparken düştü which provides context to this video.

İngilizce Dersleri: article synopsis


A Boeing 777 recently crashed at San Francisco airport.

An Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 flying from Seoul crashed while landing on Saturday at San Francisco International Airport, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said.

FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford said it was flight No. 214, and it was unclear how many people were on board.

Images from television station KTVU in San Francisco showed extensive fire damage to the airplane, which had lost its tail in the crash. Fire engines were on scene and the fire, which had burned through the cabin’s roof, appeared to be out.

Please do let us know if you enjoyed this article and whether there are any topics you would like us to cover for the İngilizce Dersleri series!

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Jul 07, 2013 By Tags:,

İngilizce Dersleri: Mısır’da ordu Mursi’yi devirdi

İngilizce öğrenmek! Türklere online dersler…

Welcome to another post in our İngilizce Dersleri series. These posts are focused around video lessons that we have prepared using recent news articles. We usually focus on current events that are of high relevance to our Turkish students learning English. This week we have picked a recent article about the overthrown president of Egypt, Morsi. This article is of regional relevance to Turkey, and we hope you enjoy it!

This article is intended for our more advanced students as it contains some challenging political vocabulary. We intentionally do not read the entire article and have simplified some of the text.

As always, feel free to take your time in viewing the article. These İngilizce Dersleri lessons are designed to be watched once through, then paused wherever you are finding the vocabulary challenging. Feel free to supplement the article with an online dictionary to review any vocabulary that we do not highlight. You can find the complete library of lessons in our Ingilizce Dersleri section!

İngilizce Dersleri: konu ve sözlük

Konu: Mısır, Müslüman Kardeşler, kriz, darbe

Sözlük: to move against, to pledge, confrontation, to seek, unrest, to depose, to detain, upheaval, to put under house arrest, interim, to fail

İngilizce Dersleri: article synopsis


This article was originally published on the BBC news service July 4th, 2013. You can find a copy of the original article here.  Turkish speakers may also like to look at the BBC article, Mısır’da ordu Mursi’yi devirdi, which provides context to this video.

The Egyptian army recently removed Morsi from power. Mr Morsi is in detention, as well as senior figures in the Islamist group of which he is a member. Hundreds more are being sought. The top judge of Egypt’s constitutional court, Adly Mahmud Mansour, has been sworn in as interim leader. He has pledged to hold elections based on “the genuine people’s will”. At a news conference, Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Gehad el-Haddad declared “our full refusal and revoking of the military coup” and demanded Mr Morsi’s immediate release, along with the other detainees.

Let us know your own thoughts on the article either in Turkish or English!





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