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Turkish language lessons in Kalkan and Kaş PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 15 October 2017

Learning TurkishImproving your Turkish is not a bad idea.  A while ago someone told us a story of how an English lady suffered a language malfunction when using her limited Turkish whilst travelling on a local Kalkan minibus (dolmuş). 

A friend had drummed into her the Turkish for "I want to get off the bus" which she was silently repeating to herself on the journey.  As the dolmuş approached her destination she leaned forward and confidently told the driver, in her best Turkish that she wanted to buy the bus.  The driver was somewhat confused and her fellow passengers (Turkish) found it highly amusing.

And we will draw a discrete veil over the case of the woman who for several months thought she was asking the butcher for chicken breasts - the butcher was too embarassed to explain exactly what she was saying, but it wasn't the kind of language you would use in polite company, unless perhaps at an ornithologist convention.

So in order to avoid inadvertently buying a bus, or other similar embarassing situations we would highly recommend local classes to improve your Turkish.  Classes are starting soon in both Kalkan and Kaş.  If you are interested please read on.

Below we provide information of the classes in both towns including contact details.  Firstly, Kaş.

Learn Turkish in Kaş
The Halk Eğitimi Merkezi (HEM) / Public Education Centre in Kaş is about to start its Turkish classes for foreigners.  Anyone who is interested in finding out about these classes is invited to come along to a meeting that has been scheduled for 10.00 on Friday 3rd November 2017.  If you wish to enrol you will need a copy of your passport and your TC number (kimlik - starting "99...").  The Public Education Centre is in the centre of Kaş adjacent to the town centre car park.

The classes in Kaş cater for all levels, whether you are starting out or you already have the basics and want to become more fluent.  We know many people from Kalkan who have attended these classes in Kaş and for some they have proved to be most useful.

Fatoş Yüksel

Learn Turkish in Kalkan
Alternatively there are now Turkish language classes closer to home.  English language teacher Fatoş Yüksel (pictured left) is inviting people to attend weekly classes here in Kalkan.

The classes will involve Turkish people learning English, as well as foreigners learning Turkish.  This integrated approach will see people of different nationalities learning together side by side.  So not only will you be able to learn Turkish but you can also help Turkish people who can benefit from hearing English spoken by native speakers.

If you want to know more about the language classes here in Kalkan please send a message to the organiser via KTLN.  Click here to send a message.

We would thoroughly recommend learning Turkish, especially if you are a resident here.  It will undoubtedly enrich your life in Kalkan.  Speaking a little Turkish is very much appreciated by the locals. 


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Last Updated on Sunday, 15 October 2017