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Oct 26, 2013 By Tags:,

Love That Dog by Sharon Creech

Welcome to our latest video listening exercise for young learners. In this post, a series of video learning exercises, reading Love That Dog by Sharon Creech.

These exercises are designed for our Young Learners and are a perfect compliment to existing study. Please feel free to let your child view the videos as a compliment to reading study. As always, you can contact us by commenting below or using our contact form. Enjoy!

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Oct 15, 2013 By Tags:,

George’s Marvelous Medecine

Welcome to our series of video learning exercises for Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvelous Medicine.

These video learning exercises are designed for our Young Learners. They are equally strong study tools for those that are studying George’s Marvelous Medicine in school and or those interested in adding some extra listening exercises to their English language learning routine.

Sit back and enjoy as a family or let your child learn on their own!

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Jun 17, 2013 By Tags:, ,

Book set in Istanbul: Baksheesh by Esmahan Aykol

İngilizce Kaynaklar: reading resources about Turkey, Baksheesh!

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We like to recommend reading resources for Turks learning English. Outside of İngilizce Dersleri, it is important to read English content that is motivating through familiar subject matter. TurksLearnEnglish.com has just discovered a great English language resource for Turks learning English. Baksheesh is a crime novel based in Istanbul! The writing style is concise and simple. It is a perfect novel for upper intermediate to advanced English language students. The content will be very motivating for any Turk learning English because it covers everyday topics in Istanbul. Housing prices, parking your car in the cramped side streets, and dealing with the police and traffic!

About the book

Backsheesh focuses on a character named Kati Hirschel, living in Istanbul. Kati owns a bookstore that specializes in crime stories. She obtains an apartment with the help of a bribe to a government official. A man is found murdered in her apartment, and she becomes the prime suspect! Backsheesh takes us on a tour of Istanbul, from Taksim back streets to Bosphorus villas and beyond. We meet city officials, government officials, police and businessmen.

The language is sometimes a bit abrupt, but it is easy to read. We recommend the novel to our students, especially those living in Istanbul. The subject matter is extremely relevant to anyone who has lived in Turkey or Istanbul. The book was originally written in Turkish and has been translated to English by Ruth Whitehouse (based in Ankara).

About the author

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Esmahan Aykol was born in 1970 in Edirne, Turkey. She lives in Istanbul and Berlin. She has written four Kati Hirschel mystery novels. ‘Hotel Bosphorus’ and ‘Baksheesh’ are the first two and have been published in eight languages.

As always, please let us know if you have read this book. Please recommend other books that would be good for a Turk Learning English, as a compliment to İngilizce Dersleri.

 

 

 

 

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Top Five English language books set in Turkey

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Our Turkish students often ask us for novel recommendations. We find there is nothing better to motivate them then English language books set in Turkey. Some of these are famed Turkish novelists that have been translated. Others are original pieces of English language literature set in Turkey. There is a wealth of literature to pick from. You can spend an entire four year university degree studying the genre, but we’ve tried our best to pick our favorite five books!

#5 Orhan Pamuk – The Museum of Innocence

From the Nobel winning author (Snow and My Name Is Red), comes an amazing depiction of Istanbul. The protagonist, Kemal, takes a tour of “the other” Istanbul and delivers one of the most powerful English language books set in Turkey. Middle class families, seedy dive bars, Istanbul film circles, and so much more. All the while he collects pieces of treasure throughout his travels around our beloved city. Better yet, if you are ever in Istanbul, you can check out the real life museum of Innocence (in Beyoglu) created to showcase the pieces found by Kemal in his travels around Istanbul!

#4 Louis de Bernières – Birds Without Wings

The novel is set in a small village in southwestern Anatolia in the final years of the Ottoman Empire. Birds without Wings tells the history of the fall of the Ottoman Empire and emergence of the modern Turkish state through the eyes of a village. The battle of Gallipoli takes place halfway through the novel. The village includes Muslim Turks, Greeks, Armeinans and Cricassians. A fine example of historical fiction dealing with one of the largest population exchanges of all time but focusing on everyday village stories, rather than the geopolitics that swept the region.

#3 Orhan Pamuk – Snow

Published in 2002 and translated to English in 2004, Snow is considered a jewel of modern Turkish literature. A poet named Ka returns to Turkey and travels to the city of Kars. The purpose of his journey is to report on a wave of suicides among religious girls forbidden to wear their head-scarves (which actually took place in the city of Batman). The book heavily examines the interplay between secular and traditional Turkey, and is a fascinating read for Turks and foreigners alike.

#2 Elif Shafak – The Bastard of Istanbul

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Written in English (and later translated to Turkish), the story is a family saga set in modern day Istanbul. The book has received extensive publicity because of the the Turkish government accusing the novel of ‘insulting Turkishness’. Publicity aside, the book is cluttered and busy with characters and themes, much like modern Istanbul. A must read for any resident of this great city!

#1 Various Authors – The Book of Istanbul: A City in Short Fiction (a collection of ten English language books set in Turkey!)

A 2010 collection of ten short stories (each by a different leading Turkish writer) translated to English and set in Istanbul. Each author gives their own, unique depiction of Istanbul and its people. An amazing a varied take on different perspectives of the same city. These stories are short, concise, entertaining and highly relevant to our Turkish students learning English, this is why we’ve picked the collection as our favorite in the list of English language books set in Turkey.

Let us know your thoughts. Have we missed any must read English language books set in Turkey? I’m sure we have!

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