Friday, November 25, 2011

Testimonials from Past students

Rumi Forum's Turkish Language classes has become the most popular Turkish course in the Washington DC area. We have students coming from DC, Virginia and Maryland to study with us. Our teachers provide professional teaching of the Turkish language and culture. The popularity of the classes has lead to 4 levels of Turkish being taught.


Kindly review the below testimonials from past students and you will realize why they have chosen us for their Turkish language needs. If you have any queries please email us on turkish@rumiforum.org

SEE LATEST COMMENTS APPENDED AT THE BOTTOM
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The class was well-organized and informative Good teacher, good students, and good tea. It's a very flexible and good quality.
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The Turkish course is excellent, very useful and I am certainly going to continue taking the next level. I think it's ideal for adults with a busy schedule, and I have still learned a lot and made a lot of progress.

Jonathan
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This is a wonderful foundations class that sets the right tone between language learning and cultural learning. I loved the pace and the class participation. I thought it was perfect.

I absolutely want to continue to the next level class. I loved the teacher and how well he explained everything. Always very clear and logical, always time for questions and making sure everyone understands before moving forward. At the same time, keeping up an appropriate pace of progress.

I would totally recommend this class to anyone and think it's a great way to learn a new language and meet other people that have the same goals. Really looking forward to the next session when it begins!

Natalie
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My impressions of the Turkish course are positive ones. Not only are we learning Turkish grammatical and conversational skills, but we are also building community. We have Turkish tea with crackers and cookies during every class and often reflect on cultural euphemisms and proverbs in Turkish language and culture. When I step into my Turkish class at Rumi Forum, I do not feel like I'm stepping into a classroom, but rather, into a community of intercultural learning.

I would certainly consider taking a higher level class. If such a class was to be offered.

I liked the non-classroom atmosphere of this course that greatly contributed to the facilitation of learning, both linguistically and culturally. I also especially enjoyed the diverse backgrounds of the students.

I would definitely recommend this course to others! Rumi Forum provides a community of learning that facilitates an exchange of not only the Turkish language, but also of the Turkish culture. As both language and culture are intricately entwined, Rumi Forum is the best place to learn Turkish language and culture in DC.

Kristin
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My impressions were very positive. I think we learned a lot in a short period of time without it seeming overly burdensome. I found the homework to be quite manageable, but useful in learning the language. I liked having class once per week, as it was easier to fit in to my

Likes: fast pace, focus on speaking early on rather than just memorizing vocabulary words, opportunity to speak in class

I think we learned a lot at a manageable pace for a good price.

Diane
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Great course
It's once a week, so I can still have a life.
A lot of homework, but doable if once a week.
Great instructor.
Plenty of interaction.
Good groups of people taking these courses.
Rumi Forum creates a nice learning environment.
I would definitely recommend it to others. There are very few places in DC that teach Turkish and this one has more to offer than just Turkish instruction.

Masha
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I found the course extremely informative and has provided me so far with good grounding in the Turkish language to continue on in learning the language. The pace of learning is also well balanced. The homework load, going over the homework in class, and the instructor's personable skills allowing students to ask questions about language and culture is an added value.

I like the instructor's pace in teaching. He goes over homework, provides ample time for questions and discussion, and then there is still more time to learn new material each week.

Yes I would recommend this class to others. I learned a lot in only the first introductory course, the class size is perfect which allows for more interaction with the instructor, and the instructor is extremely friendly.

Doha
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Very helpful and good paced...The workbook is very helpful, and the instructor maintained a very good pace and atmosphere.

Eden
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I have learned more through these courses than the month I spent in Turkey taking language courses every day 3 hours a day.

Kenan bey is an outstanding language instructor; his delivery method of the curriculum is very effective! I'd like to continue my Turkish language courses with him.

[Would you recommend to others?] But of course! ...also because it's exceedingly difficult to find good Turkish language instructions anywhere else in town.

Fariba
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My impressions of the Turkish course was that it was a good introduction to the Turkish language. The cost was very reasonable, compared to average tuition costs in Washington D.C. There was a small class size, which contributed to student learning, and allowing the instructor to spend more one-on-one time with each student. The book we used was well-written, and was more interactive than simple rote memorization. Additionally, our instructor was available by email for additional language practice.

What I liked best about the course was the small class size and informal atmosphere.

I would recommend to others who want a short, introductory class in Turkish, and dislike the rigid formality of a school classroom. In addition to Turkish language, it is a good introduction to Turkish culture as well as a place to meet other DC area residents interested in learning about Turkey.

Charlie
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Good for adult learners - time, place, and flexibility

Likes: teaching style, teacher sympathy and encouragement, textbook, small class size, dedicated students, and delicious food

Allison
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I thought the class was really good. I think we learned a lot, and I feel more comfortable with the language. The pace was good, and the instructor did a good job of relating to the students.

I liked the pace and the material we covered. I liked the fact that we only met once per week, and that the location was Metro accessible. I liked the teacher's dedication, and the other students' enthusiasm.

I would recommend this class to others interested in studying Turkish. I think it is a really good value, and a good way to learn a new language.

Diane
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I really like the class a lot because I felt it was a happy medium between being intensive and low-key. It was a very relaxed atmosphere yet you felt pushed to do the homework and be prepared for every class.

(Taking a further course?)Yes, absolutely 100%. This was a wonderful way to learn and maintain my Turkish. The location and timing of the class was great and more importantly, Kenan Bey, is a wonderful teacher. I am so appreciative of his thought and care and he always made every class special with the cay and food - it was great!

I like very much how Kenan Bey incorporated elements of Turkish pop culture, expressions, songs, TV advertisements. I also like how he gave us homework and then optional extra work if we wanted to do more. He did not overload the homework and ensure we learned the weekly topic, yet gave the opportunity to learn more. I also really appreciated every week how he sent an email out following class to recap what was taught, repeat what we had for homework and give us a heads up as to what we would do the following week.

(Recommend to others?)Definitely for all the reasons that I stated above and because it is a great form in which to learn Turkish. Also, extremely affordable price and wonderful teacher. Thank you!!!

Jenifer
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The instructor was very professional and helpful. Wish we could have had our discussion groups to speak more. But I very much enjoyed the text book. Very helpful

Eden
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I thought the course was well designed, flow nicely, and was well taught. Both Serap and Kenan were great instructors.

I am interested in working through higher level Turkish courses

I really liked the content, pace and instruction of the course.

I would definitely recommend this course to others. My understanding and comfort with Turkish language and culture greatly increased because of the course.

Brian
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I was very happy with the course overall. Compared to other options for learning Turkish in DC outside of a university classroom, the Rumi Forum is a good option. The location is convenient for most people, the cost of the course is not prohibitive, and the quality of the teaching seems to be good.

Brandon
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Monday, November 21, 2011

Insight into learning Turkish




As soon as we jumped in the taxi for the ride home from the airport, my sister pulled out her Turkish phrase book, eager to engage in conversation with the driver. She started with standard greetings such as “How are you?” but then she quickly ventured into questionable territory as she flipped to the “car” section of the phrase book and found such sentences as, “I've got a flat tire.” Luckily, her pronunciation was off enough that the driver didn't catch on and I was able to stop her before she pronounced other potential car disasters, which could have been seen by the driver as a bad omen.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Walking İstanbul’s land walls from Mermerkule to Ayvansaray



The polygonal towers at Ayvansaray
For many visitors to İstanbul the first glimpse they get of the historic city is from a fast-moving vehicle as their taxi races through the gap in the great Theodosian Land Walls that was made in the 1950s when the Sahil Yolu (Coast Road, later renamed Kennedy Caddesi) was created.
If they’re lucky, the lights at Mermerkule will be red and they will be given a moment to soak up the splendor of those magnificent, soaring walls. All too often, though, the lights are green and that glimpse will be merely fleeting.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Remembering my first day in Turkey


Granted, whilst my first ever day in Turkey lies many years in the past, I nevertheless chose the topic for today's article as I can imagine that expatriates old and new will, hopefully, fondly remember how things -- and themselves -- progressed after touchdown in this great location and may wish to compare how they had felt on day number one with a fellow expatriate's memories.
If we agree that there is love at first sight with regards to adult relationships and that there is perhaps a similar kind of chemistry between a city and the newcomer, it might be a fascinating undertaking to relate our first day impressions with our long-term evaluation: fallen in love straight away, eventually or not as of yet?

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