Istanbul Travel Guide

Education

Many foreigners visiting or living in Istanbul decide to study Turkish formally in a language school.

You must be able to speak Turkish at a basic level in order to apply for a Turkish passport. Turkey allows multiple citizenship and its passport is one of the more expensive, costing TRY533.70 (c. €176) for a 10-year passport in Feb 2014, but using a Turkish passport then allows travel to more than 107 countries without obtaining a visa in advance. These countries include the CIS countries and most countries in South America.

Some of the biggest and most respected Turkish language schools in Istanbul are:

ITI Istanbul in 4.Levent.
EFINST Turkish Centre in 1. Levent .
Dilmer in Gümüşsuyu .
Tömer, Ankara University affiliated .
Concept Languages in Etiler .
Boğaziçi University. Runs a summer long intensive Turkish language course for all levels.

Both Boğaziçi University and Bilgi University have well established Study Abroad programs in English for foreigners.

TEFL

Many foreigners living in Istanbul support themselves by teaching English. Finding a good teaching job is usually easier with a well-recognized certificate like the ones listed below:

ITI Istanbul in 4. Levent runs Cambridge University's CELTA and DELTA courses year-round
Ottoman Turkish

If you already speak Turkish, Ottoman Turkish may also be interesting to learn. Ottoman Turkish was the courtly form of Turkish spoken during the era of the Ottoman Empire, and is significantly different to the form of Turkish spoken today. Approximately 80% of Ottoman Turkish words were loanwords from other languages, mostly Arabic, Persian and French. After the fall of the Ottoman Empire and the establishment of the Republic of Turkey, language reforms were implemented, including the establishment of the Türk Dil Kurumu (Turkish Language Association), which is the official regulatory body of the Turkish language. This association, with a philosophy of linguistic purism, decided to cleanse the Turkish language of loanwords and replace them with more Turkic alternatives. As such, only about 14% of modern Turkish words are of foreign origin.

Ottoman Turkish is the key to learning about Turkey's Ottoman past. With Ottoman Turkish, not only can you read historical archives, but you can also read Ottoman literature and letters dated back to the Ottoman period. In Istanbul, you can learn Ottoman Turkish from the following places:

İsmek +90 212 531 01 41 İskenderpaşa Mahallesi, Ahmediye Caddesi, Hacı Salih Efendi Sokak, 6 Fatih.
Tarih Vakfı +90 212 522 02 02 Zindankapı Değirmen Sokak, 15 Eminönü .

source: Wikivoyage

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