Thursday, September 27, 2012

Reading in Turkish: Bob and Istanbul

My Turkish studies continue though not so fast as I would desire. I try not to feel discouraged but sometimes I have to force myself to go on not to find myself stuck. Today a short and easy text taken from unit 31 of the FSI Basic Course. The units in the second part of this textbook include more texts and passages to let the learner get used to reading.

Text
Bob, Oktay’a İstanbul’a tayin olduğunu söyledi. Akrabalarɪndan bazɪlarɪ Türkiye’de oturduklarɪ için Türkiye hakkɪnda biraz bilgisi vardɪ.
Bob’ɪn da bildiği gibi Türkiye Orta-Doğu’dadɪr ve doğuyla batɪ arasɪnda bir köprü vazifesi görür. Türkiye’nin Avrupa’da olan kɪsmɪna ‘Trakya’, Asya’da olan kɪsmɪna ‘Anadolu’ denir. Çanakkale boğazɪ ve Istanbul boğazɪ Avrupa’yi Asya’dan ayɪrɪr. Boğazɪçɪ’nɪn iki tarafɪna yayɪlmɪş olan İstanbul, Türkiye’nin en büyük ve en güzel şehridir. Başşehrimiz Ankara, İstanbul’un doğusunda yeni ve modern bir şehirdir. Üçüncü büyülükte olan İzmir şehrine de ‘Ege’nin incisi’ derler.

Vocabulary
tayin olmak (a) – to be assigned
vazife – duty, job
vazifesi görmek – to do duty, to serve (as)
boğaz – throat, strait
ayɪrmak (ɪ, dan) – to separate, to reserve, to set aside
yayɪlmak (a) – to be spread out
başşehir = başkent
inci  pearl

Translation
Bob told Oktay that he was assigned to Istanbul. He had some information about Turkey because some of his relatives live in Turkey.
As Bob also knows Turkey is in the Middle East and it serves as a bridge between East and West. A part of Turkey that is in Europe is called Trace, and a part that is in Asia – Anatolia. Dardanelles and Bosphorus separate Europe from Asia. Istanbul that is spread on the two sides of Bosphorus is the biggest and the most beautiful Turkish cities. Our capital Ankara, east of Istanbul, is a new and modern city. And Izmir, third in size, is called ‘Eagean pearl’.

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