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İngilizce Dersleri: Turkish Soap Operas

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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 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

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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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İngilizce Dersleri: How to return a fossil

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In our İngilizce Dersleri series we use current news articles that we think our Turkish students will find interesting. These video articles are a reading and listening supplement to our conversation classes. You can find the complete library in our Ingilizce Dersleri section!

This İngilizce Dersleri video is recommended for Intermediate students. The language in the article is focused on an international political incident. The article includes vocabulary based on legal, historic and archeological subject matters. The article provides interesting vocabulary for IELTS students as well as those working in a professional field.

This article was first posted on the Reuters news service on May 6th 2013. You can find a copy of the original article here.

İngilizce Dersleri: konu ve sözlük

Konu: dinazor, hırsızlık, Moğolistan

Sözlük:

Legal vocabulary – prosecutor, judge, court, federal, claimed, to smuggle, repatriation, official, to seize

Historical / archeological vocabulary – expedition, looters

İngilizce Dersleri: article synopsis

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We usually like to cover topics that are of particular interest to our Turkish students learning English. For this article we chose to take a break from Turkish subject matter. This article focuses on an international incident between the government of the United States and Mongolia. The two nations co-operated by returning a stolen artifact from the US back to Mongolia, its original home.

The 70-million-year-old dinosaur skeleton found in the Gobi Desert on a joint Russion-Mongolian mission was smuggled to the United States in pieces. The skeleton was then auctioned for more than $1 million, and was returned on Monday by the U.S. government to Mongolia.

Eric Prokopi sold the skeleton at a Manhattan auction last spring for $1.05 million. Mongolia demanded the return of the 8-foot-tall (2.4 meter), 24-foot-long (7.3 meter) skeleton. Mongolian President Tsakhia Elbegdorj thanked U.S. prosecutors, judges, investigators and paleontologists in a statement: “Our two countries are separated by many miles, but share a passion for justice and a commitment to putting an end to illegal smuggling.”

We hope that you enjoyed a departure from our typical İngilizce Dersleri subject matter. If there are any vocabulary topics that you would like us to cover in our İngilizce Dersleri series, let us know!

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İngilizce Dersleri: Our body clock

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In our İngilizce Dersleri series we use recent news articles relevant to Turkish students to create reading and listening exercises. These video lessons are designed for our Turkish students learning English. They are a supplement to our live online conversation classes. We encourage our students to use these videos to practice their listening and reading skills between conversation classes.

This article was found on the BBC News website in the Science & Environment section on August 1st 2013. You can find a copy of the original article here.

This İngilizce Dersleri video includes intermediate to upper-intermediate text. We recommend the video for our Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate learners. The language in the article is focused on a scientific experiment. The experiment is in the field of human behavior. Basic scientific language is a good vocabulary focus for IELTS. We recommend this exercise for our IELTS students. We also recommend it for anyone working in a research field.

İngilizce Dersleri: konu ve sözlük

Konu: biyolojik saat, araştırma, yirmi dört saatlik

Sözlük: To intend, exposure, to anticipate, to govern, to reset, to publish, to synchronize, to disrupt, to evolve, widespread, to allow

İngilizce Dersleri: article synopsis

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The article focused on a recent behavioral study. The article’s findings was recently published in the journal, Current Biology. You can find the results of the experiment here. The study suggests that the biological cycle of humans has been disrupted by our reliance on electric light. The study took 8 volunteers out of their urban habitats and placed them in tents for 8 days. While camping, the volunteers were removed from all unnatural light sources. The study found that by removing the volunteers from electric light, their melatonin levels started to undertake more normal patterns.

In our İngilizce Dersleri series we typically cover subject matters with a Turkish focus. For this lesson we decided to focus on scientific vocabulary. We are sure that many of our Turkish students can relate to working hard under unnatural light conditions!

Please let us know if you found this lesson useful. If there is a particular vocabulary topic you would like us to cover in our İngilizce Dersleri series, do let us know!

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İngilizce Dersleri: Ergenekon davası

İngilizce öğrenmek! Türklere online dersler

In our İngilizce Dersleri series we use current news articles relevant to Turkish students to create reading and listening exercises. 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 includes challenging text. We recommend the video for our Upper-Intermediate to advanced learners. The language in the article is focused on a court case. The article provides interesting vocabulary for IELTS students as well as those working in the legal field.

İngilizce Dersleri: konu ve sözlük

Konu: adalet, mahkeme, dava, ceza

Sözlük: To plot, to overthrow, trial, to convict, involvement, to accuse, show trail, to eliminate, to push out, to lead, to be jailed, courtroom, verdict, to acquit, lengthy sentence, allegedly, to topple, to face charges, to range from… to, to instigate, to disperse, MP, to try someone for something, showdown, serving or retired, to silence, to deny, interference, sentencing hearing, culmination, to widen, suspect, fold into, in custody, to await, to raise concerns, conduct, guarantor, constitution, coup, tension, successor, to resign.

İngilizce Dersleri: article synopsis

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This article follows the conclusion of the Ergenekon case. The Ergenekon case is a very high profile legal proceeding currently concluding in Turkey. The Ergenekon plot, allegedly aimed to topple the government led by the Justice and Development Party in 2008. The defendants include army generals, lawyers, academics and journalists. The defendants faced charges ranging from membership to a terrorist organization to holding weapons and attempting to overthrow the government. The article reviews the final verdicts in the case.

You can find a copy of the article on the BBC website here. In addition, you can find a similar article provided by the BBC Turkish service here.

Relevance for Turkish Students?

This is a very high profile court case in Turkey right now. The verdict of the case was largely seen as a final test for the AKP in securing power from the military. Most analysts agree that the case and its verdict will continue to polarize the Turkish electorate.

Keep in mind, you can find the complete library of video learning exercises in our Ingilizce Dersleri section!

Please give us your thoughts! Did you find this video lesson helpful? Are there other topics relevant to Turks learning English that you would like us to cover?

 

 

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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 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

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TurksLearnEnglish.com 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 short 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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May 28, 2013 By Tags:, , ,

Top English Language Movies Shot in Istanbul

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Our Turkish students love to tell us when an English language movie is shot in Istanbul.

I can’t blame them, I’m quick to point out movies shot in my native Toronto (often posing as NYC). There is something extremely satisfying about seeing your city represented in a big budget Hollywood production. Our Turkish students are extremely motivated to watch movies shot in Istanbul. At TurksLearnEnglish.com we enjoy sharing English language content which motivates our students to enhance their English listening skills. Here is a list of our favorite English language movies shot in Istanbul. Most of these are action packed thrillers! Also worth nothing, TurksLearnEnglish produces our own video learning excercises designed for Turks learning English. You can access the content library in our Ingilizce Dersleri section! These movies can be a great element of motivation and pride for Turkish students who want to practice their English skills:

#5: The Accidental Spy (2001)


The Accidental Spy is a classic Hong Kong fight movie starring Jackie Chan. The movie is shot in Hong Kong, Seoul, Istanbul and Cappadocia. Its not 100% in English, but a significant amount of the dialogue between the Chinese and Turkish characters is in English. The movie is entertaining and despite having serious elements in the plot, it also contains significant comedic twists. It’s a great film for adolescent learners. The film is also relatively obscure, meaning most Turkish students will not have previously seen the movie.

#4: The International (2009)


The International is an American Action Thriller directed by Tom Tykwer. The movie follows an Interpol agent as he tries to uncover the financial corruption of a merchant bank. The movie’s settings are also international, covering Lyon, Milan, Berlin, Istanbul and New York. The Istanbul scenes include an action-packed sequence set in the Grand Bazaar.

#3: Taken 2 (2012)


Our older Turkish students learning English love Taken 2. It is almost entirely set in Istanbul and is an action packed thriller. It stars Liam Neeson who does a great job in the intense drama.

#2: Argo (2012)


In our list of English Language Movies Shot in Istanbul, it would be wrong not to include 2012’s Oscar winner for Best Picture. Argo, as many people may have noticed, is almost shot entirely in Istanbul. Both the scenes set in Istanbul (where Afleck obtains his visa to enter Iran) and the scenes set in Tehran, are filmed in Turkey’s biggest metropolis. The infamous scene where the mock movie cast goes to the bazaar in Tehran, is actually Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar. More than a couple of our Turkish students learning English have pointed this out to us!

#1: Bond (1963, 1998, 2012)


For our favorite in our list of English Language Movies Shot in Istanbul, we chose not one but three Bond movies. From Russia with Love (1963), The  World is not Enough (1998) and Skyfall (2012) all have fabulous on-location shots of Istanbul. Bond directors knew how to take advantage of the incredible shooting opportunities in the city. From Russia with Love includes an action scene in the Basilica Cistern. The World is not Enough’s main climax features a submarine in the Bosphorus. Skyfall’s opening scene may be one of the best Bond action sequences of all time, a motorcycle chase on the roof of the Grand Bazaar!

We hope that you enjoy these English language movies shot in Istanbul as much as our own Turkish students. Please let us know whether we’ve missed any classics!

 

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