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Father wants to move to Turkey but he cant speak the language.
1.       rlydick
21 posts
 12 Aug 2013 Mon 11:51 pm

My father is American, as am I...My husband is turkish though, hence, why Im here in Turkey. My dad wants to migrate and live over here in Turkey and hes always saying hes not worried about the language (as if it comes really easy) he just says hes only worried about finding a means to make money.. However, I feel that...not knowing how to speak the language is a BIG handicap. I tell my dad to start studying turkish now before he ever tries to move here, and to at least advance to a level to where he can speak Turkish enough to be able to do basic things like grocery shopping, or getting around on his own with a taxi or bus service. But, he doesnt study at all. I almost think he feels that he can do what I did, and just come here and learn as he lives here. However, Im still not even speaking at a level thats good enough yet...and definitely not good enough to land a job nor support myself cause I wouldnt be able to communicate. But, Its different for me because I dont have to work..My dad is in his 40´s and would be bringing my mom over here and they both dont know anything about how Turkish society works, the language, jobs, etc. How likely from what I described do you think it would be for him to move here? I feel its highly unlikely as hes getting older and the language does not come easy like he makes it seem. He thinks it will because he sees that im advancing and when I show him I know a few sentences or vocabulary in turkish he acts like im fluent already (im far from it) so he thinks it will come easy for him. But he has absolutely NO knowledge of the language what so ever. 

Have any of you guys known or experienced moving to turkey without speaking the language and adapting and learning? Is it possible?

2.       insallah
1277 posts
 13 Aug 2013 Tue 12:38 am

It seems you already have the understanding most here would probably hold as you are already telling your father that you think it is quite unrealistic should he need to be earning a secure income. I would suggest it is hard to find work in any country these days even with good degree. Bring no language into the mix and it becomes even harder. It is a big step and should it fail it would be a big instability for your mother and father. Maybe they should intially spend some time ( months) in Turrkey. This would aid in a number of ways. Give them a chance to be clear what they are getting into and get to know more about the day to day culture ( without giving up their life in america)  2) provide exposure to the language to help them start to develop this area.    I´m sure people manage in some places by teaching english to foreigners however it really depends if he wants to stick to his own skill ( i.e if he already has a proffesion).  I could not work on the visa I had for one year so it also depends on his actual ability to work ( LEGALLY). 

 

 

 



Edited (8/13/2013) by insallah
Edited (8/13/2013) by insallah

3.       rlydick
21 posts
 13 Aug 2013 Tue 12:49 am

Well my father has an idea of Turkey in his head that its such a great place...I mean its nice but he has only been here two times and each time was for a 2 week visit. So he has no idea what its like to really LIVE and try to survive here. I also think hes setting himself up to be dissapointed. He has no idea about visas and work permit over here. And i dont think he would have any interest in being a foreign language teacher of English but that would really be the only way he could earn money if he came here without knowing how to speak the language. My mom on the other hand has no clue as to what its like living here either she has an idea in her head of Turkey thats unrealistic...shes been here only 1 time and it was for 2 weeks as well. I just feel their gonna set themselves up to be highly dissapointed and I feel they will struggle a lot and it would be a burden on me and my husband.

4.       gokuyum
5049 posts
 13 Aug 2013 Tue 12:52 am

 

Quoting rlydick

Well my father has an idea of Turkey in his head that its such a great place...I mean its nice but he has only been here two times and each time was for a 2 week visit. So he has no idea what its like to really LIVE and try to survive here. I also think hes setting himself up to be dissapointed. He has no idea about visas and work permit over here. And i dont think he would have any interest in being a foreign language teacher of English but that would really be the only way he could earn money if he came here without knowing how to speak the language. My mom on the other hand has no clue as to what its like living here either she has an idea in her head of Turkey thats unrealistic...shes been here only 1 time and it was for 2 weeks as well. I just feel their gonna set themselves up to be highly dissapointed and I feel they will struggle a lot and it would be a burden on me and my husband.

Maybe your father needs to be disappointed. Let him do whatever he wants but be sure he doesnt sell his house in America.

 

5.       madtingx
21 posts
 13 Aug 2013 Tue 11:56 am

Hi there,

I moved to Turkey 6 years ago and supported myself by renting out my house in Ireland. maybe your dad could rent his house out for 1 year and live here from the rental income and after that time he would have a good idea if he likes it or not ...

6.       AlphaF
5677 posts
 21 Oct 2013 Mon 03:13 pm

 

Quoting rlydick

 

Have any of you guys known or experienced moving to turkey without speaking the language and adapting and learning? Is it possible?

 

The least you can say about Turks and their language is that the Turks will go great lengths to understand what you are trying to say, once they understand your Turkish is limited.

Yes, it is possible to learn the Turkish language. It is a well ordered and logical language.



Edited (10/21/2013) by AlphaF

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7.       AlphaF
5677 posts
 21 Oct 2013 Mon 05:17 pm

For rlydick´s father

http://mylanguages.org/multimedia/turkish_audio_colors.php



Edited (10/21/2013) by AlphaF

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