August 29 - Speaking Turkish

So for the past year and a bit, I've been learning Turkish, and for an English speaker, it is a tough language to learn. I can only imagine how hard it has been for Ayhan to learn and speak English. In terms of grammar, a lot of the words are completely reversed. So when saying "I am going to school", you would be saying "School to going I am". So everything I say, I need to first know the correct words, then I need to conjugate all the verbs and nouns, and then have them in the correct order. It's a mind-bender.

But Turkish is an interesting language. It has strict rules compared to English. And it's very mathematical--so it's fun for me to learn, cause it's like playing a game. And it has its own harmony--words change to maintain a neat rhyming mechanism, by changing the vowels in the words.

As I'm learning, it reminds me of a song that I learned in elementary school. "I Like to Eat Apples and Bananas". A song that I loved as a child cause it sounded so silly as you change the vowels in the song to the same one. Little did I know that it would be the basis of an entire language! So the way the song worked, is that you sing the song over and over again, but each time you go through, you change all the vowels in the song. So you start with:

I like to eat, I like to eat, I like to eat, eat, apples and bananas..

And after we yelled out "U!!!!", the song would go:

U luke tu ut. U luke tu ut. U luke tu ut, ut, upples und bununus.

If you get into learning Turkish, this will be funny.

So overall, I think I've been doing well, and I can slowly build sentences. It is funny listening to me build a sentence, I'm sure, because I go through "iterations" of fixing my words. Having Ayhan to correct my errors helps too. I'm definitely going to be trying it out while I'm in Turkey--and I'm hoping it will improve during my 3 week stint there.











August 18 - Planning a Trip

Here are the tentative plans before I begin my trip:

Aug 29: Toronto to Munich

Aug 30: Munich to Istanbul

Aug 31: Istanbul, Nilgun's place

Sept 1: Istanbul
enjoying Sultanahmet
seeing the Hippodrome
under the shadow of Blue Mosque
awed by Ayasofya

Sept 2: Bodrum, Sea Garden Resort

Sept 3: Bodrum

Sept 4: Bodrum
day trip to Efes

Sept 5: Bodrum
seeing the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus

Sept 6: Bodrum
Peninsula Tour

Sept 7: Bodrum

Sept 8: Bodrum
dancing outside at Halicarnas Disco

Sept 9: Denizli, Ayhan's friend's

Sept 10: Denizli
bathing in the travertines of Pamakkule

Sept 11: Bursa, Ayhan's friend's

Sept 12: Bursa

Sept 13: Istanbul, Point Hotel

Sept 14: Istanbul

Sept 15: Istanbul

Sept 16: Urgup, Yunak Evleri

Sept 17: Urgup

Sept 18: Urgup

Sept 19: Istanbul, Divan Istanbul

Sept 20: Istanbul

Sept 21: Istanbul

Sept 22: Istanbul

Sept 23: Istanbul

Sept 24: Toronto