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Posted March 13th, 2012 - 10:53 am by from Istanbul, Turkey (Permalink)
Hi everybody,

i desperately want to learn chinese.
if any of you is interested in teaching me a little bit;
in exchange, i can teach you french or turkish.
all the best

Posted March 13th, 2012 - 11:04 am by from Hangzhou, China (Permalink)

Learning Chinese in Turkey is hard because there is no serious demand, but still there are beginner's level courses available in Istanbul. You can try Confucius Institute or Lotus Chinese Culture Centre, and practice with a Chinese person in addition. Don't forget that native speakers usually can help you only with the vocabulary, not grammar or other language skills. Teaching Chinese is not easy. However a Chinese friend's help is still nice, it also depends on your reason for learning Chinese.

Nevertheless, good luck, 加油!(jia1 you2)

Posted March 13th, 2012 - 4:30 pm by from Istanbul, Turkey (Permalink)

Thank you for your useful tips. Unfortunately, i havent got the possibility of living in China or attending courses, at least for now. Besides, i have just started to study Chinese. I do it at home by using some softwares and the resources on web. There are lots of helpful materials in English for Chinese Language. Yet, its too hard to get warm to it by oneself. In my opinion, before the grammer, syntax and vocabulary; i have to get used to the sounds and simple daily phrases. I don't claim that's the true path to study language but worth to try, i guess. And as for the reason, Chinese fascinates me :)

Posted March 14th, 2012 - 7:33 am by from Hangzhou, China (Permalink)
Of course you can learn Chinese without living in China. It's hard in Turkey because Turkish people do nothing but follow Europe 50 years behind, and think they are very clever. I advice you to take a beginner's level Chinese class and start with a professional help, then self study to higher levels. In Istanbul only a few schools have Chinese language departments, and only some of them are seriously learning the learning the language. And there are things native speakers can't explain.

I used to study on smart.fm but it's not free anymore. You can use www.italki.com and www.busuu.com to warm up your ears.

Posted March 14th, 2012 - 12:10 pm by from Istanbul, Turkey (Permalink)
Precisely, ma`am; I definitely agree with you. In turkey, everybody assume that they are clever and good at anything without studying, but i think this is our nature :) our people like to live without thinking :D but it doesnt mean that everybody is like that. let us give those who try to understand the life surrounding them their due :) You are absolutely right about takin a beginner class as a beginning; however it is really not possible at the moment. So, just because im not able to attend a class, do you suggest me not to do anything about sth im interested in? Of course, i know i cant learn Chinese just like that. after all, its the hardest language as i know. Yet, i want to learn it :)
By the way, i'm grateful to you for your helpful considerations and for the links :)
All the best!!

Posted March 14th, 2012 - 4:30 pm by from Shenzhen, China (Permalink)
Ilk once ulkenizi sonra vatandasinizi kotulemissiniz.. Zaten Türkçe expert olmaniza ragmen ingilizce konusuluyor.. Cok kafam karisti..
Cinceyi ogrenip oradaki insanlari da boyle elestirmeyin sakin ;)

Posted March 14th, 2012 - 5:40 pm by from Istanbul, Turkey (Permalink)
Teessüf ederim Kenan Bey, asla ülkemi kötülemek gibi bir niyet gütmedim. En az sizin kadar ben de ülkemi çok seviyorum; lakin sohbetin gidişatı sebebiyle bu konuda bir iki söz etmem gerekmişti, dolayısıyla, hiçbir şey söylemeden geçiştirmek istemedim. Arkadaşımız, ülkemizdeki insanların kendilerini çok zeki sandıklarını beyan etti. Kaldı ki, evet, genel olarak öyle bir tutumumuz olduğu bir gerçek. Dahası, birçok konuda kendimizi geliştirmemizi engelleyen yegane problemin zaten halihazırda her konuda iyi olduğumuz sanrısından kaynaklandığını düşünüyorum. Sanırım bu konuda siz de benimle hemfikir olacaksınızdır. Öte yandan, mesajımda herkesi aynı kefeye koymamak gerektiğini de belirttim; çevresindeki hayatı anlamaya çalışanların da hakkını verelim dedim. Sanırım ufak bir iletişim sorunu yaşadık; onun dışında aynı fikirdeyiz. Şimdi düşününce ben de kendimi yeterince açık ifade etmemiş olabilirim. Ülkemizle ilgili hassasiyetiniz beni sevindirdi; artık bu konuda duyarlı pek az insan kaldı çünkü. Yine de arada bir kendimizi de eleştirmeli ve eksikliklerimizi bulup, o konularda daha çok çaba harcamalıyız diye düşünüyorum.

İyi dileklerimle,

Posted March 15th, 2012 - 2:31 pm by from Hangzhou, China (Permalink)
That I speak a language doesn't mean everyone understands it, I don't think this group is for Turkish speakers only.

I personally think Turkish people should be able to criticise themselves more and more. And criticising is actually a part of my job, if you checked my profile carefully you would see I've been learning Chinese exactly for this reason.

Posted March 15th, 2012 - 3:10 pm by from Istanbul, Turkey (Permalink)
My dear friends,
Everybody is so fragile these days. Why is so?
So much fragility cause fights. No need to that.
We are just having a beautiful conversation here,
exchanging our ideas and feelings. Of course, self-criticism
is important and we should do that more often but it doesnt mean that we should be angry with each other or with our country. On the contrary, we should support each other and try to have more pleasant conversations. Without friendly conversations, what use of life?

Posted March 15th, 2012 - 6:07 pm by from Shenzhen, China (Permalink)
Sorry; I havent realised what a great person you are Merve 麦尔唯 .. You may go on criticising in Critising Cultures posts,search the forum carefully ..

Thanks for you nice explanations THIRSTYCAMEL..
I am not fragile , i am sensitive. I am sensitive about respecting to all people and cultures..
This group is not active at all , maybe we need some fight to make it better :))

As you can see there are some chinese friends in this group, i also met some of them. They live here and i think they try their best to adapt to life in Istanbul but still they may have problems. Maybe we can arrange a meeting and exchange ideas. You are learning french and latin i guess, how come you wanted to learn Chinese ??

I speak basic chinese and i lived in Shanghai for 4 years. It may be a good choice to go to summer courses in China if you have time.. Maybe you can go to Hangzhou as well ;)

Posted March 15th, 2012 - 9:29 pm by from Istanbul, Turkey (Permalink)
yea, i guess, sometimes a little fight may work well to attract people's attention. but not too much of course. :)
yes, i studied french and latin to understand western culture, but also i wonder about eastern culture. Having an opinion in all perspectives, its something good, i guess. so, i think i should start with learning chinese. besides, i find chinese culture very charming. :) And i want to go and live there someday to experience that culture, if i can manage. of course, im not expecting to learn it quickly but have to start somewhere. im still a student, so, i cant afford to go to a language course in China now. but im planning to work as a tour guide this summer, maybe if i can save a little money, it may be possible for afterwards.
unless sth goes wrong, im going to study in France next year as an erasmus student. and after my graduation, i have China in mind :)

i would gladly try my best to contribute our chinese friends here. if they face any problem about life in Turkey, they may write it to the group and we can try to help. and also as you said, we may arrenge meetings to have conversations. For example, there is a french-turkish exchange club on Couchsurfing.org and they arrange french conversation evenings that i have attended for a while. there, we have french friends who work or study in istanbul. they help us to practice our french and sometimes correct our mistakes; we also help them to learn turkish by reading texts, by writing or just by speaking.
apart from these, we have lovely conversations there. So, why not do the same here?

Then, how to start? Do you have sth in mind?

Posted March 14th, 2012 - 6:24 pm by from Istanbul, Turkey (Permalink)
Bu arada Çince bilen Türk arkadaşlar da yardımcı olmak isterlerse, benim için uygundur. Ben de Fransızca öğretebilirim :)