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İngilizce Dersleri: Adults don’t exercise enough

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Our İngilizce Dersleri series provides a library of video learning curriculum. We have designed these video articles for our Turkish students learning English. They are a supplement to our online conversation classes. We encourage our students to use these videos to practice their listening and reading skills between conversation classes.

This İngilizce Dersleri video is targeted towards intermediate students and above. You can find our complete database of video lessons in our Ingilizce Dersleri library The language in the article includes technical (scientific) and statistical terms. It is great practice for anyone studying or employed in a technical field. The article provides interesting vocabulary for IELTS and Intermediate students of English.

İngilizce Dersleri: konu ve sözlük

Konu: egzersiz, spor, formda olma, zindelik

Sözlük: to fail, research, chronic, physically, to analyze, inactive, evidence, cost-effective, moderate, facility 

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İngilizce Dersleri: article synopsis

The article focuses on a recently published study regarding the relationship between a person’s socioeconomic and geographical conditions, and their time dedicated to exercise. The article states that people of lower socioeconomic class and less favorable climatic conditions (cold / rain) exercise less. The article also briefly touches upon the relationship between the London 2012 Olympics and the increase in “grassroots” sport participation.

You can find a copy of the article on the BBC website here.

Relevance for Turkish Students?

As you may be aware, Istanbul is bidding to host the 2020 Olympic games. We created a previous İngilizce Dersleri video article about the Istanbul Olympic bid, that you can find here. Istanbul is bidding against Tokyo and Madrid. The winner of the bid will be decided on September 7th 2013 in Buenos Aires. When a country hosts a Summer Olympics, a spotlight is created around the state of sports and fitness in the country. Typically, the host country will dedicate a budget to building up community sports facilities across the country to create an “Olympic legacy”. If Istanbul is successful in its bid, the world’s attention will be on sport in Turkey.

Please give us your thoughts! Do Turks get enough exercise? How would you like to see the culture of sport improved in Turkey? Do you think a successful bid for Istanbul 2020 could help accelerate sport across the country?

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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

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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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İngilizce Dersleri: Mısır’da ordu Mursi’yi devirdi

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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

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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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İngilizce Dersleri: Dünyanın gelmiş geçmiş en yaşlı adamı öldü

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.

This video learning lesson is designed for our intermediate students. It is also a good lesson for anyone practicing for their IELTS test. Typically, in our İngilizce Dersleri lessons we focus on subject matter and current events that are highly relevant for our Turkish students learning English. For this lesson, we decided to pick something different, a story about the world’s oldest man passing away at 116 years old!

The article was originally posted on The Guardian’s website on June 12th 2013. Please take a look at the original article here. In addition, there is a Turkish version of the article on the BBC Turkish service’s website: Dünyanın gelmiş geçmiş en yaşlı adamı öldü.

İngilizce Dersleri: Article Synopsis

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The world’s oldest man has recently died in Japan, aged 116. This article from the Guardian offers some vocabulary for English students to describe life and death in a world where we are living longer and longer.

Kimura – who was born on 19 April 1897, died of natural causes early on Wednesday, Japanese media said. The Kyoto prefecture resident became the oldest man in recorded history in late December 2012 at the age of 115 years and 253 days, following the death of Dina Manfredini, an Italian-American who lived in Iowa. The longest-living person in history was Jeanne Calment, a French woman who died in 1997 at the age of 122. Kimura died in hospital in his hometown of Kyotango, local government officials said. He had been receiving treatment for pneumonia since late last month.

As always, let us know what you think of the article and exercise!

 

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İngilizce Türkiye’de: Van Kahvaltı Evi

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In our İngilizce Türkiye’de series we highlight establishments across Turkey that offer great service as well as great command of the English language.

We think the series is a good way to discover great restaurants, destinations, attractions and services, as well as highlighting establishments in Turkey where English speakers can get service in the global language.

On a recent morning walk in Cihangir, myself and my co-founder found ourselves very hungry. Both of us are big fans of an Aegean breakfast. As we walked towards Taksim we noticed a Kahvaltı Evi that was packed at 9 am on a Thursday. We decided to check it out.

Van Kahvaltı Evi is not an Aegean kahvaltı but hails from the eastern parts of the country. The Kurdish regions of Turkey take their kahvaltı very seriously. There are many similarities to an Aegean Kahvaltı with some key differences including Van cheeses, tangy cacık (thick yogurt spread) and murtuğa, a heavy wheat flour porridge. Of course, you will find the typical tomatoes, cucumbers, olives and white cheese of an Aegean kahvaltı. The food at Van Kahvaltı Evi is generous in portion, very fresh and reasonably priced.

What we were most impressed with is the service. Both of our waiters, and the man who brought us our bill spoke a great level of English. Additionally, both had commanded some of the finer elements in translation of Turkish service to English.

One of the more difficult aspects to learning English is wordy question forms:

While in Turkish it’s quite acceptable to simply use a single noun in isolation, such as ‘bread?’, ‘tea?’, ‘bill?’ for example, it usually grates on the ears of a native English speakers as it can border on rudeness.

English, requires a more expansive question. Not too hard to learn but at a minimum service staff are better off using:

  • Would you like anything else?
  • Would you like more tea / bread…
  • Can I get you anything else?

It’s a small thing but these couple of phrases make such a difference to the quality of service.

Whether you are a foreigner visiting Turkey or a Turkish resident, we hope that you will check out Van Kahvaltı Evi for a great breakfast and great service in English (if required). Details:

Address: Defterdar Yokuşu No: 52.A, Cihangir
Telephone: 212-293-6437

As always, if you know of any establishments that should be commended for their İngilizce Türkiye’de, please let us know.

 

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Top three web radio stations for busy Turks

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Our list of web radio stations for busy Turks! Most of our Turkish students are busy. Extremely busy. And many of their lives are made even busier by their daily commutes to the office. We often recommend web radio as a great way to practice English listening skills while on the move. Most of the stations and services we recommend here are free (with some limitation on backdated content). We think that web radio, especially talk and news are a great compliment for our Turkish students learning English. Please let us know your favorite web radio stations for busy Turks!

#3 – National Public Radio (US)

The NPR’s radio service is an amazing resource. NPR is a publicly funded talk / news radio from the US. Most presenters speak in very easy-to-understand English accents and language. Topics run the gauntlet from politics to fashion, culture, music and current events. The web radio includes a 24 hour live stream and a large database of podcasts. You can also access continuously updated (hourly) news summaries.

#2 – BBC Radio

The BBC’s radio service is undoubtedly the most comprehensive free radio service in the world. With 15 English stations available, you’ll get a bit of everything (sports, music, talk, news, culture). We find for most of our Turkish students learning English, the world service station is best. It involves a mix of different topics from correspondents based all over the world. Programing is typically free for a week after it is originally aired.

#1 – TuneIn Radio: Our favorite web radio station for busy Turks!

TuneIn radio is not a traditional radio station. It is a service which lets you access the world’s radio (AM/FM) through the web. From news in Europe to talk shows in Africa, you have the option to search by location, genre, station type, or even name or call sign, and start listening. If you’re willing to spend $1 on the app, you can upgrade to a pro-version (Android, IOS, Blackberry).

As always, we would love to here your recommendations on web radio for busy Turks learning English, please give us some feedback!

 

 

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İngilizce Dersleri: Protests in Turkey

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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.

We like to cover topics which are of current interest to our Turkish students learning English. This week, the protests which have erupted in Turkey! You can find a complete library of our video posts in our Ingilizce Dersleri section!

This article has some reasonably challenging vocabulary, so we recommend it for our Upper Intermediate students. It is also a great article for our IELTS students. Most of the vocabulary being used can be applied to a variety of everyday situations.

İngilizce Dersleri: konu ve sözlük

Konu: protesto, Gezi Park, Istanbul, eylemci

Sözlük: government, demonstrations, unrest, shopkeepers, anti-government, ferocity, police brutaliy, helicopters, tighter restrictions, tear gas, barricade

İngilizce Dersleri: Article Synopsis

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The article ‘Calm on Turkish streets after days of fierce protests’ dated 1 June 2013, is from www.reuters.com. You can find a copy of the article here. Since the release of this article there have literally been hundreds of similar articles. Using this video lesson as a base, you can then test your vocabulary by reading many of the similar articles available on the web.

The article discusses the protests that have erupted over the Gezi Park protests in Istanbul over the governments intention to redevelop the park. The article notes that protests have largely subsided on Sunday morning. The protests are seen as a major challenge for the Turkish prime minister.

As always let us know what you think! Are there any other topics you would like us to cover in our İngilizce Dersleri series?

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Sumer Trilogy Book 1: Infection – Chapter 1 Life on Sumer

This is a voice recording of Chapter 1 of Book 1 of the Sumer Trilogy: Infection.

In this video I read Chapter One and prvide some tips on vocabulary to help you understand the book.

Click on the video to read and listen to the text.

Let us know what you think!

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