Turkish Tuesdays, and going back to what works: reading a book I know by heart

Here is where I am in my study of written Turkish this week!

I’m finding it so difficult to focus on my grammar and vocab study, that I’m re-starting the reading of the 2nd Harry Potter book (with a word of concern for the current controversy, which does not negate the good the author did in raising the issue of C-PTSD using the characters of Harry and Neville…):


restarting: page 1
feryadiyla uyanmisti”

So, it turns out that reading something fun can be far more useful for learning a language than slogging through the grammar point and vocabulary words for the day.  More on my continuing striving with Turkish next week, friends:

Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

Action Items in support of literacy and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Search for two different resources to translate the word “jolted” into Turkish.

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how you like each of the resources you found,  perhaps as an update on your GoodReads reading,

4.) Write a blog post or tweet that uses a Turkish word, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.

Dear Readers, any additional ideas toward learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning as part of on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind? 

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write

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October, 2020 CE = 12020 HE

(The previous lesson plan since this post, and the most recent lesson plan…)

6 thoughts on “Turkish Tuesdays, and going back to what works: reading a book I know by heart

    1. This is my argument not only for using the famous VAK for teaching, but all of Gardner’s Multiple Learning Styles, especially Kinesthetic, for language teaching, in particular! I take the pain (and I mean pain!) most weeks to write a few lines of my journal in modern Hebrew, and reading Harry Potter (I got a copy of book 4 in the public library!!) actually helped my Torah reading, believe it or not.
      Learning has to be fun for it to stick, but many veteran teachers do not want to admit to this, at least back in my experience as a student teacher.
      I think that Gardner’s research is even more important these days, as part of empathy, if I’m not mistaken, is based in understanding that each person understands/learns differently, just as different language families, like Turkish (Turkic/Mongolian/Middle Asian) vs Hebrew (Semitic) vs. English (West Germanic & IndoEuropean) vs. French/Spanish (Romance & IndoEuropean) -all of these give a variety of frames, or ways of seeing the world, and I think that one’s favored learning styles do the same, if only we could all appreciate those differences.

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