Sunday, December 19, 2010

Secrets of Turkey's Çatalhöyük to be revealed this summer

Secrets of Turkey's Çatalhöyük to be revealed this summer - Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review
Thursday, June 24, 2010
 Secrets of Turkey's Çatalhöyük to be revealed this summer
The latest findings uncovered during the ongoing excavations at Çatalhöyük, one of the oldest settlement areas in human history, will be revealed to the world at the end of the summer. A member of the international archaeological team says the results will be published and discussed in a scientific environment
Secrets of Turkey's Çatalhöyük to be revealed this summer

Archaeological findings unearthed at Çatalhöyük, one of the oldest known settlement areas in human history, will be shared with the public at the end of the summer, according to a member of the international excavation team.

“This information will enable us to learn more details about human beings’ unknown journey in the world. These results do not only concern archaeologists but also scientists in many fields, from medicine to engineering,” archaeologist Gülay Sert said, announcing that scientific publications will be prepared as a result of the excavations and shared with the world this summer.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

GREAT VIDEO - ISTANBUL CITY - 2010 European Capital of Culture

This is a great introduction to Istanbul - one of the most popular destinations in Europe and Asia !

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Çatalhöyük: Introduction to archeology in Turkey

This a great introductory site about archeology in Turkey
Çatalhöyük: Introduction
Welcome to Çatalhöyük. Continue reading below to answer some of your questions about Çatalhöyük. Explore the website to learn even more about this fascinating place.
Get a Catalhoyuk Overview ian hodder, project director, answers questions about catalhoyuk

What are they excavating at Çatalhöyük?
Archaeologists are excavating the remains of a Neolithic town. 9,000 years ago, this place was one of the world's largest settlements. At a time when most of the world's people were wandering hunter-gatherers, as many as 10,000 people lived at Çatalhöyük.


Friday, November 19, 2010

Enrolments for Turkish classes in the Spring have started !

If you want to study, learn and speak Turkish in Washington DC - then look no further !

Enrolments for Turkish classes and lessons in the Spring have started !

February 7 - April 1, 2011

Visit the link below to get all the details...and start saying Merhaba ! Nasilsiniz ? and all those things you wanted to learn about Turkey and it's culture and language !

Friday, October 29, 2010

Texan sailor circles the globe but comes home to Istanbul

an interesting article about the draw of Istanbul....

Texan sailor circles the globe but comes home to Istanbul

Mariners sail around the world and set foot in all corners of the globe, yet they always come back to wherever they call home.

For Texan Anderson England, 38, the place he returns to after a stint at sea is Istanbul.

Anderson has been working with one of the world’s most famous cruise companies, Royal Caribbean, for the past 12 years.

Due to his job, he spends two-and-a-half months at sea and two-and-a-half months at home. “When I have my home leave, I run to my house in Istanbul,” said England.

He came to Turkey 20 years ago for holidays. “I really liked Turkey and I decided five years ago to move my home from Texas to Istanbul,” he said....

Anderson has been working with one of the world’s most famous cruise companies, Royal Caribbean, for the past 12 years.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

NEWS CLIP Turkish Olympiad 2010 on Fox News

A nice newsclip taken from FOX about a Turkish language competition in Texas

Turkish Olympiad 2010 on Fox News

Saturday, October 16, 2010

All Roads Lead to Istanbul - By James Traub | Foreign Policy

With Turkey gaining more attention in the global and regional arena - learning Turkish will be even more important .

An interesting article from FOREIGN POLICY describes Turkey's ascension...

All Roads Lead to Istanbul - By James Traub | Foreign Policy

ANKARA, Turkey - It's great to be Turkey just now. The economy, barely scathed by the global recession, grew 11.7 percent in the first quarter of this year, and 10.3 percent in the second.  Like the Ottoman Empire reborn, Turkey has sponsored a visa-free zone with Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon, and is moving toward creating a free trade zone as well. And Turkey is a force not just in its neighborhood but, increasingly, in the world. It's the next president of the Council of Europe, an observer of the Gulf Cooperation Council, and a new friend of ASEAN and Mercosur. And the world is beating a path to its doorstep: When I was in Ankara this week, the Sudanese foreign minister was in town; the French, the Austrians, and the Poles had just visited. Senior Iraqi politicians were making regular pilgrimages. Turkey has become a net exporter of diplomatic services. "For the first time," says Selim Yenel, the highly Americanized deputy undersecretary of foreign affairs responsible for relations with Washington, "they're asking us for advice."

Like its fellow emerging powers Brazil and South Africa, Turkey was once a right-wing state that the West could safely pocket during the Cold War. And like these countries, the Turks now have the self-confidence to feel that they no longer need belong to anyone. Such states are now a force unto themselves, as Turkey and Brazil demonstrated -- to Washington's chagrin -- when they reached a deal with Iran this past May to ensure that Tehran would not produce weapons-grade nuclear fuel. Intriguingly, Turkey, Brazil, and Nigeria currently serve on the U.N. Security Council, and South Africa and India will next year -- a murderers' row of emerging powers, and a glimpse of a post-hegemonic, polycentric world....

Thursday, October 14, 2010

100 Most Useful Words in Turkish

100 Most Useful Words in Turkish


Anyone can learn 100 words!™
These are the simplest Turkish lessons ever, quicker—and cheaper—than a Turkish language course in Istanbul. Even if you learn Turkish only this much, it's sure to make your trip to Turkey go more smoothly.
Print these pages, study a page each day, and in only 10 days you'll know more than 100 Turkish words and short phrases. You'll be surprised how useful they'll be every day during your travels.
Lesson 1: Greetings!
Hello, good morning, goodbye, what's your name, how are you...
Lesson 2: Pardon Me...
Pardon, yes, please, thanks, friend, what, how, who...
Lesson 3: Why, When, Which?
What's this, how much, how many, I want this, that, the other...
Lesson 4: New-Old, Hot-Cold
And/or, big/small, open/closed, good/bad, beautiful/ugly...
Lesson 5: Where Is...
Train station, bus terminal, toilet, hotel, restaurant, shower, bath...
Lesson 6: Bath & Tea
Luggage, laundry, lights, Turkish bath, toilet paper, tea, money, water...
Lesson 7: Going Places
Car, bus, train, ship, street, map, near/far, left/right, ticket...
Lesson 8: Days of the Week
Also day, daily, today, tomorrow, week...
Lesson 9: Months of the Year
Also month, year...
Lesson 10: Turkish Numbers
Cardinal, ordinal, one-half, million, billion, trillion, quadrillion...
The phonetic pronunciations in the right-hand column of each page are based on the sounds of Standard American English. See my Turkish Pronunciation Guide for more

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Turkish 1 to 10

Turkish 1 to 10

Signs in Turkey - a great video

Signs in Turkey
We are sure you will like this video very much !

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Since pre-historic times, Turkey has been the vital bridge between Europe and the Middle East. Its mighty Ottoman Empire consolidated much of Eastern Europe and the Middle East into one great civilization until the early 20th century. The flavor of Turkish culture is richly cosmopolitan, a sophisticated mix of ancient traditions in a contemporary Geist.

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