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Rikki Tikki Tavi – Part 1

Rikki Tikki Tavi is a children’s story from The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling.

This video learning exercise is designed for students to listen and read along with James Heywood, a native English speaker who reads the story, while pictures and meanings appear on the screen to help with new vocabulary.

Our youtube channel provides listening and reading exercise for Turks Learning English, which compliment our online conversation classes.  Check out our İngilizce Dersleri section for videos designed for Adults.

If your interested in online lessons for your child, please feel free to contact us here.

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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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Jul 03, 2013 By Tags:,

How to express ‘katılmak’ in English

__________ the lesson. Attend, join, participate, agree with or support? Which is correct?

The verbs ‘to join’, ‘to attend’, ‘to participate in’, ‘to agree with’ and ‘to support’ can all be expressed in Turkish by ‘katılmak’.

This is the another post in our category ‘In English, how to express …?’ where we discuss language concepts that our Turkish students often struggle with in English. Today, katılmak.

In the following sentences, Turkish speakers can use ‘katılmak’ to express the following actions:

  • Last week he attended the conference in Ankara.
  • I’ll join the lesson this evening.
  • She participated in the managers’ meeting this morning.
  • I agree with your position on the subject.
  • I support your view on this subject.

First, to attend: to go to an event or a place:

  • Would everyone who wishes to attend the dinner let me know by Friday afternoon?
  • All pupils are expected to attend school assembly.
  • I don’t think there’s any need for all of us to attend the meeting.

Secondly, to join: to get involved in an activity or journey with another person or group:

  • He joined the tour to Central Anatolia.
  • Would you like to join us for dinner tonight?
  • You must join the queue to buy tickets for the movie.

Thirdly, to participate in: to take part in or become involved in an activity:

  • We encourage members to participate in the meetings.
  • I don’t like to participate in team sports.
  • Many countries participate in the Olympic Games.

Lastly, ‘to agree with’ or ‘to support’: to have the same opinion, or to accept a suggestion or idea:

  • I agree with your idea.
  • I support the government’s decision not to cut down the trees.
  • I support her position on the death penalty.

Now your turn. Practice using these verbs:

(if you prefer a video lesson, check out our  Ingilizce Dersleri library!)

Choose the best possible answer for each sentence:

For example:

Question: It was already 8pm. Murat was tired and did not want to attend/participate in/support the meeting. All he wanted to do was leave the office and return home.

Answer: Murat did not want to attend the meeting. (He did not want to go to the event)

Your turn

1. ‘That’s a terrible idea. There’s no way that anyone else is going to attend/agree with/join what you think.’

2. Although Gökçe joined the meeting on time, she really did not want to support/to participate/to agree with it and she stayed silent during the entire meeting.

3. ‘Uğur and Nil are getting married next week. Even though they are not close friends, we are planning to attend/to join/to agree with the ceremony.

4. ‘Uğur and Nil are getting married next week. Uğur is my best friend and so he asked to me to attend/to participate in/to support the wedding ceremony. I will read a speech.

5. ‘OK… we are going to cinema at 6pm tonight to see the new zombie movie. Do you want to support/to join/to participate in us?

6. Canberk failed his final science exam and now he must agree with/support/attend summer school.

As always, please let us know what you think and if there are any other topics you would like us to cover!

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İngilizce Türkiye’de series

Introducing our new blog series: İngilizce Türkiye’de


service-establishments-turkey is excited to announce the launch of our series: İngilizce Türkiye’de. In this series we will highlight great venues across Turkey, such as restaurants, galleries, tourist attractions and entertainment facilities.

We will focus on establishments where the Turkish staff has a strong command of the English language. Our inspiration for this series is both to highlight great establishments for residents and visitors to Turkey, and also praise establishments with a strong command of the English language. We will also use this series to highlight language lessons related to the service industry. For a Turkish native speaker to adapt to a service culture in English, there can often be challenges. Much of the time, literal translations from Turkish into English don’t work well.

There are several elements of Turkish service language that should not be literally translated into English when providing service. For example:

‘Başka istediğiniz var mı’ should translate to:

  • Is there anything else?
  • Do you need anything else?
  • Would you like anything else?

Likewise, the often used ‘isim?’ when requesting someone’s name in Turkish needs to be a much longer to sound polite in English:

  • Can I have your name?
  • Can I take your name?

Unfortunately, the very question ‘Name?’ used by Turkish Starbucks staff is not polite English.

And for staff who look up from the counter and see a chance to use English, where you would normally use ‘buyurun’, why not try:

  • Hi, can I help you?

We hope that you will enjoy our İngilizce Türkiye’de series. If you know of any establishments across Turkey that should be highlighted for their great command of the English language as well as providing a great service, please let us know! Whether it be a restaurant, an entertainment venue, guide or tourist attraction we would be happy to hear from you!

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İngilizce Dersleri: Protests in Turkey

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.

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


The article ‘Calm on Turkish streets after days of fierce protests’ dated 1 June 2013, is from 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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İngilizce Dersleri: The 2020 Olympics?

İngilizce öğrenmek! Türklere online dersler

Welcome to our İngilizce Dersleri series. For any of our new learners, these video lessons are designed to be a compliment to our live conversation classes. Students can practice their reading and listening skills between conversation classes. We purposefully pick subject matter which is relevant to our Turkish students learning English. This week, the 2020 Istanbul Olympic bid! We are sure that our students will find this article interesting, especially those from Istanbul!

This İngilizce Dersleri post is designed for advanced learners of English as some of the language is quite challenging. It includes subject matters related to sport, competitions and international organizations.

İngilizce Dersleri: Istanbul, Madrid or Tokyo?


The article we are using for today’s İngilizce Dersleri was originally reported by Reuters on May 28, 2013. You can find a copy of the original article here.

Article Synopsis:

The bids for the 2020 Olympic Games are coming to a close. Who will the IOC choose to host the Olympic Games? Madrid, Tokyo and Istanbul are the final contenders to as candidate cities for the 2020 Olympic games. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will decide the winner on the 7th of September 2013 at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Each candidate city is preparing to make its final presentation to the IOC in Moscow. Each city has a different selling point for as a host city for the Olympic games. Istanbul can highlight its recent economic growth and emergence as a regional power. It would also be the first Muslim country to host the games. Madrid has a long standing as a sports city, and Spain as a powerhouse in athletics. Tokyo can boast a world class infrastructure.

Are you excited to hear whether Istanbul will get the Olympics? Let us know if you have any feedback, questions or suggestions!

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İngilizce dersleri: New Bridge linking Europe and Asia

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. These videos are designed to develop a student’s reading and listening skills.

Today we picked a very topical video for our Turkish students, the start of construction of the Third Bosphorus Bridge! The article appeared on the Reuters news service on May 29, 2013. You can find a copy of the article here. This is a great article for all Turkish students of English, but especially those working in design, engineering, architecture and construction. We hope that our Turkish students of English enjoy this Turkish focused article!

This is an upper-intermediate to advanced article containing some relatively challenging vocabulary. We recommend this article for experienced students, especially IELTS students.

You can find the complete library of video articles in our Ingilizce Dersleri section!

İngilizce Dersleri: konu ve sözlük

Konu: construction, engineering, development

Sözlük: transformation, embodying, environmental groups

İngilizce Dersleri: article synopsis


This article reports the progress being made on the Third Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul. The article takes an overview of the various infrastructure projects being undertaken by the government, especially those in Istanbul. These include a new airport as well as a new canal linking the Black Sea to the Mediterranean. The article states that the third bridge is required due to the immense population increase that the Istanbul region has seen. Environmental groups have been protesting the bridge due to immense effect it will have on the green space surrounding the Black Sea and the Bosphorus. The are where the new bridge is proposed, is made up of relatively pristine forest.

Let us know if you have any feedback or questions! And be sure to tell us if there are any topics or articles that you would like us to consider for our İngilizce Dersleri series.

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