If you can’t beat em’ join em.

I remember hearing a cartoon character utter that phrase over and over again when I was a child. That is the phrase that often pops into my head when I buy a piece of copyrighted material. You see, when young, my mom was very much opposed to us kids copying our friends’ tapes or videos … Continue reading

başın sağ olsun

One of the curiosities of life as an English teacher in Turkey is that I’m constantly asked to translate cultural phrases that have no equivalent in English in terms of usage. The Turkish language is rich with sayings that express the most appropriate emotion for the moment. Here are the three best examples. When someone … Continue reading

ba??n sa? olsun

One of the curiosities of life as an English teacher in Turkey is that I’m constantly asked to translate cultural phrases that have no equivalent in English in terms of usage. The Turkish language is rich with sayings that express the most appropriate emotion for the moment. Here are the three best examples. When someone … Continue reading

The First Commute

I regret to say that my first go at bicycle commuting in Adana was somewhat of a flop. Riding to an English lesson last night, I arrived later and sweatier than expected, I struggled with rush hour traffic more than expected, lost my brand new lock set when it fell from the rack my bike … Continue reading

Biking to work in Adana

What does Jake Olson now have in common with the subjects of each picture below? He’s now also gone green and is the proud owner of a new bicycle. I bought a bike last weekend and hope to be shedding a few more pounds and shaving a few minutes and a lot of stress off … Continue reading

Turkish learners of English

Katie at TEFLLogue had a nice follow-up article to what I wrote about the difficulties I’ve noticed between Turkish learners of English and American learners of Turkish. Good thoughts. The most insightful part of her post is below. Lots and lots of people study English in school – and many of them probably learn it … Continue reading

the sad part of yesterday’s post

The most discouraging thing for me as I wrote my previous post is that the most effective parts of my journey as a Turkish learner can not be duplicated anywhere but in Turkey. As someone who spends his working hours trying to help Turkish people learn English, even thought they don’t live in an English … Continue reading

the sad part of yesterday’s post

The most discouraging thing for me as I wrote my previous post is that the most effective parts of my journey as a Turkish learner can not be duplicated anywhere but in Turkey. As someone who spends his working hours trying to help Turkish people learn English, even thought they don’t live in an English … Continue reading

Public Elections in Turkey

Since the presidential election has been on everyone’s mind in Turkey, I’ve taken time in almost every upper level English class I teach to focus on political language; namely teaching words and concepts in English that are necessary for having a conversation about the upcoming election. The way I’ve approached this topic has been to … Continue reading

Getting into the university

I’ve heard and observed much during my time in Turkey about how the lives and education of teenagers can be overly focused on the singular goal of passing the university exam. I had an interesting glimpse of that last Friday. For those unaware, here is the lo-down on the the university exam. There is one … Continue reading