SCOLA Travel Journal: Week Twelve

The days are flying by as I travel around the world with SCOLA and it’s already time for my next international adventure! I log on to People and Places to try to get a feel about what country I would like to see in person next. I scroll through photos and Mersin Beach, the Cave of Heaven, and snapshots of protestors in Turkey catch my eye.

I first log on to Language Training Materials and take a look at Country Overview Videos from Turkey. Here I learn about where Turkey is located, the languages spoken in Turkey, its economy, and so much more!

I’d love to be able to chat with the locals about the photos of people protesting, so I log on to Insta-Class for some convenient, ready to use language lessons in Turkish. The service has over 450 Turkish lessons in beginner, intermediate, superior, and advanced. I fly through those and I am on my way!

To begin my adventure in Turkey I log on to SCOLA On the Street Videos. I am most curious about the photos of the protestors I stumbled across in People and Places, so my first stop is to visit Taksim Square in Istanbul. Taksim Square was recently the site of many protests, with many people showing up to support the park instead of turning it into a mall. I also learn about a series of protests that occurred last year, in which workers, teachers, doctors, dentists, and engineers all joined in on the strike. They marched around Mersin chanting and holding signs, urging the government to listen.

For my next stop in Turkey, I wanted to learn more about a lighter subject, so I talk to some of the locals about their favorite hobbies. One young girl shows me games she plays on her computer, then I watch a young photographer take shots of young children in a variety of settings.

I was able to see a few different sides of Turkey today, and because of that I consider this trip a success! Join me in my travels today by visiting www.scola.org and accessing your free trial!

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Your Global News Source

It’s easy to stay up to date on local news. Whether you’re in your car listening to the radio, watching the nightly news, or browsing your daily newspaper, it’s everywhere. However, staying up to date on international news may not be as easy. Your local news stations and newspapers may not report on the international topics you care about, or maybe they report on it, but it is not as in depth as you would like.  No matter the issue, SCOLA is here to help.

You probably already know SCOLA services help with language learning needs, but they can also help keep you informed of worldly events. From nightly news casts on World TV Online to daily newspapers on Foreign Text, international news is frequently featured in many of our services.

osv promo     One current event making international news is the uprising in Turkey. The following is Doa’s account of the political uprising in Turkey and the description of the video she sent of a street demonstration, which can be viewed in On The Street Videos.

“Great Leader Ataturk made a lot of reforms between years 1922 and  1937.Before Ataturk the regime in Turkey was sultanate. Ataturk abolished sultanate in 1922 and founded Turkish Republic.  Religious courts were closed and civil law was accepted in 1926. He closed madrasas, the religious schools and opened national schools. Ataturk made a revolution for alphabet and Latin alphabet was accepted instead of Arabic letters. He made reforms for clothes of men and women.  People of Turkey left Arabic style of clothes and head scarf and they started to wear European clothes.  Ataturk encouraged the farmers and repaired the economic situation.  He also changed units of calendar, clock and measurement from Arabic into European units of measurement.  In 1930 women achieved voting rights. Ataturk made a very big modernization on every aspect of life in Turkey. He is the founder of Modern Turkish Republic.

All these happened about 90 years ago. But today’s government is trying to convert all the revolutions and they want to bring back the sultanate regime. As you may follow on international television news shows of most of the channels, there is an uprising in Turkey. Turkish youth is revolting against this Islamic government to get back our freedom.

Everything started when the government decided to build a shopping center instead of Gezi Park in Taksim. Young people put tents in the park and started to live in there. But the government attacked on them with water cannons and tear gas.  When the government attacked violently on peaceful people the anger of the public grew out more and more.

This violent scene has been going on for 18 days now  (today is 17th June 2013).  Instead of moderation, the government continues violence. The police has been throwing  hundreds of tear bombs to people on the streets and even into the hospitals and hotels. But Turkish people are determined. This revolt will continue until the Islamist government resigns.  ”

The video:

It is a general strike. There were workers, teachers, doctors, dentists and engineers in that crowd. I was one of them and I also called out those chants. On the first yellow sign is “Everybody should have Syndicate”

The people say:

“AKP (the governing party) go to hell, The Public to the Parliament”

“We stand side by side against Fascism”

“Don’t stand on the Grass Tayyip, you smash the grass, don’t be offended Tayyip but you look like a lamp” (Tayyip is the first name of the prime minister. Their party symbol is a lamp 🙂

Everywhere is Taksim, everywhere is riot” (THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT CHANT)

“I’ve got kettles and pans, I’m a looter and I’m pretty cool” (Prime minister called most of the public as looters since they got out to street for riot and they started to make noise with kettles and pans.)

“The day will come, everything will be vice versa and AKP will be responsible for all the damage”

“This is just the beginning, struggle will go on”

Snapshot 1 (6-19-2013 9-24 AM)Also there were signs of the Unions

GENERAL WORKERS UNION

MERSIN DOCTORS UNION

ENGINEERS UNION

TEACHERS UNION

Doa requests SCOLA users keep informed of what is going on in Turkey. You can learn more about Turkey on our website at http://www.scola.org and all of our social media pages, as it is June’s country of the month.