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Aug 08, 2013 By Tags:,

Amazing shots of Istanbul urban growth

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Like many of our students, TurksLearnEnglish.com is based in Istanbul. As residents of Istanbul, sometimes we feel like the city is growing before our eyes. Below is a collection of amazing shots documenting Istanbul urban growth. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

Istanbul Urban Growth: Population density in Istanbul – 1300, 1950 and 2008

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(Tepav 2011)

The figure above, in which the black dots represent the urban population density, reveals that in the twelfth century, the population centered around Sultanahmet and that the density did not increase significantly for 650 years. By 2008 the city has grown monstrously. Istanbul is the fastest growing city among all OECD metropolises in the period after the 1990s.

Istanbul Urban Area: 1950 to 2010

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(New Geography, 2012)

In the picture above, we can see the immense growth that has taken place in Istanbul over the last 60 years. The red line shows the urban population boundaries in 1950, centered around the golden horn and the lower Bosphorus. The green line shows the extent of Istanbul urban development by 2010. Below are some population statistics (notice the immense rate of growth post 1980):

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(New Geography, 2012)

 

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(New Geography, 2012)

Istanbul Urban Growth: Satellite Images from Above

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(The Atlantic Cities, 2013)

NASA’s Landsat satellite system has been orbiting and taking pictures of the earth since 1972. To celebrate its 40th birthday, NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey have released a set of images showing how 11 world cities have changed over that time, click here to take a look at the complete set. In the Istanbul shots above, red is vegetation, gray is urban and water appears black. The density change in Istanbul is striking.

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(the Atlantic, 2011)

Istanbul is one of the world’s great cities with a population of 15 million spread out over 700 square miles of land. The Turkish city has been growing and spreading rapidly over the past few decades. The city has tripled in area over the last 35 years. In this false color satellite image taken by the German space agency, the DLR, the yellow areas reflect human buildings.

Are you a resident of Istanbul? What do you think of Istanbul’s urban growth and projections for the future? Let us know!

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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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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 TurksLearnEnglish.com, 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.

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#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 Dersleri: ABD’de yolcu uçağı iniş yaparken düştü

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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.

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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Jul 07, 2013 By Tags:,

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

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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.

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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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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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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