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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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May 31, 2013 By Tags:, ,

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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May 18, 2013 By Tags:, , ,

An online thesaurus to improve your writing.

In this short post we look at how Turks learning English can benefit from using an online thesaurus to improve writing and increase general vocabulary.

The thesaurus, in Turkish ‘eşanlamlılar sözlüğü‘, is one of the best tools available to improve your writing. Not only that, it’s also an productive way to increase the number of words you use actively in your daily speech.

The thesaurus, ‘a dictionary of words grouped together with similar meaning’, is familiar to any English speaker who has spent time writing essays in high school and beyond. The most famous thesaurus in the English language was compiled by Peter Mark Roget and first published in 1852.

160 years later, the thesaurus has naturally found its way online. The Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus is one that I have used for some time, and I want to recommend it to Turkısh students of English.

One of the hardest tasks when writing is to use different and varied words. For example, ‘güzel’ in Turkish is almost always translated by English learners as ‘nice’. Unfortunately, ‘nice’ and ‘güzel’ are two words that are used so often that it actually becomes a little boring to see them in writing again and again.

With this online visual thesaurus, all you need to do is type in a word, and you will see a display of all similar words in the English language. The similar words (synonyms) are grouped together and make it easy to learn a few at a time.

Secondly, as you move your mouse over each word, the online thesaurus presents a definition of the selected term and an example or two of how it is used in everyday English.

Thirdly, the online thesaurus presents different choices of word functions. If you type in an adjective, you will see nouns, verbs and adverbs with a similar meaning. This is particularly helpful for Turks studying the English language because, for example, what might be expressed with a noun in English is more usually expressed as a verb in Turkish. For example, the verb ‘sinirlenmek’ ın Turkish has no real verb equivalent in English. You must use a verbal phrase like ‘become angry’, and the online thesaurus tells you that you can also become ‘infuriated, enraged, maddened, etc.’

When writing, it’s advisable to use a wide range of vocabulary. The thesaurus helps you to locate the exact word you need and to avoid repetition. A wider choice of words and phrases is essential to maintain the reader’s interest.

Finally, the online visual thesaurus is the perfect tool to increase your active English vocabulary, For example, when you type in the word mentioned above, ‘angry’, more than 30 English terms appear in the online thesaurus. When you see these words grouped together, it’s easier to memorize them.

The ThinkMap Visual Thesaurus also has a blog, a spelling bee and a ‘word of the day’, so there’s plenty to help you on your way to becoming a wordsmith!

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