The Turkish Life

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The Turkish Life
Originally from San Francisco, I moved to Istanbul in early 2008 and have been blogging here at The Turkish Life ever since about my travels, linguistic misadventures, and random observations.
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  • Lobby-apalooza 2 months ago After ice-dancing pair Alper Uçar and Alisa Agafonova, representing Turkey in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, were eliminated from the short dance program competition, Turkish newspaper Haberturk knew just who to blame: The ice skating lobby.Photo via @aylajeanWhether sincere or...
  • Hepimiz Hrantız 3 months ago It wasn't the sternest slogan of the day -- "The murderer state will be held to account" is pretty tough to beat in that department -- but seven years after the killing of Armenian-Turkish journalist Hrant Dink, the simple, poignant words "Hepimiz Hrantız, Hepimiz Ermeniyiz" still pack a punch.We...
  • Hoşgeldin 2014! 3 months ago Yeni yıl, herkes için daha fazla barış, daha fazla özğürlük, daha fazla gerçekleşme, ve kesinlikle daha fazla aşk dopdolu olsun... mutlu yıllar!May the new year be full of more peace, more freedom, more fulfillment, and definitely more love for everyone... happy new year!
  • A haunted schoolhouse 5 months ago Visitors' voices lower instinctively to a hush upon entering the echoing central hall of the Ioakimion School for Girls in Istanbul's Fener neighborhood. Bright sunlight streams through the windows into rooms marked "Orta III" (Middle III) and "Kitaplık" (Library), where multicolored layers of...
  • Be mine? 6 months ago It may very well be simply an innocuous function of the two languages' respective grammars, but something occurred to me earlier this week about Turkish terms of endearment.While English-speakers (American ones, at least) refer to the object of their affection with the likes of "honey" and... Featured Expat Blog Badge:

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