İngilizce Dersleri: Turkish Soap Operas

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 the İngilizce Dersleri series we use real news articles that are of relevance to our Turkish students as a basis for lessons. This video is based on an article from the BBC published on June 27th 2013. You can find a link to the original article here.

We recommend this article for our intermediate students of English. This is also a great video lesson for anyone taking the IELTS program. The article uses vocabulary from the arts and entertainment fields. The article also uses vocabulary that is common in everyday English.

İngilizce Dersleri: konu ve sözlük

Konu: Dizi, Muhteşem Yüzyıl, Gümüş, Arap ülkeler

Sözlük: soap opera, viewers, heartthrob, forbidden, appropriate, to earn, Arab Region, commonplace, obsessed, audience

İngilizce Dersleri: article synopsis


In this İngilizce Dersleri we focus on a very recent Turkish phenomenon, the export of Turkish television to the Arab world. Over the last five years, there has been a significant increase in foreign sales of Turkish drama television. In 2007, a mere $1m was made from export of Turkish television. In 2012, the same figure was $130m. One of the interesting consequences of this export is that Muslim viewers from more conservative societies than Turkey, are seeing images of alcohol and pre-marital relationships.

One example of such shows is Magnificent Century (Muhtesem Yuzyil). Set in the Ottoman world, it tells the story of Suleiman the Magnificent, the longest reigning Sultan, and his love for a Western woman in his harem. It looks back at 500 years to the era when Turkish Sultans ruled much of the Balkans and the Middle East. It has been exported to 47 countries mostly from these former Ottoman regions.

The rise of Turkey’s entertainment export market is sure to increase Turkey’s regional cultural status.

As always, let us know your thoughts on this version of the İngilizce Dersleri episode!

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