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Why Learning Turkish Has Made My Life Rich

I have lived 3 years and 49 weeks in Turkey. In this time I have not simply won the ability to speak with people in Turkey, but also people from all over Asia. Learning a language opens you doors to… Continue Reading →


English suffers from a terrible infermity. So does Spanish and sadly Italian too. The wound has festered for millennia. In the US only some African Americans have saved their tongue from the ailment. I speak of course of the copula… Continue Reading →

Where is your memleket

In this article I briefly explain how in English -certainly in the US- we rarely if ever start off a conversation with “Where are you from?” This is a question and at the same time a cultural object I have… Continue Reading →

Weird Grammar in other Languages

Have you ever wondered why foreign languages have extraneous grammar. Why do they lack certain words but then have too many of others? In this video, with the aid of famous 20th century linguist Roman Jacobson’s ideas, I explain a… Continue Reading →

Palabras Compartidas

Son bir haftadır ABD’de ailemi ziyaret ediyorum. Anne babama artık yazık olmasın diye dağnık bıraktğım eski odamı toparlarken çok sevdiğim bir kitap buldum. O 9 yıl öncesinde Peru’da yaşadığım dönemde ve karanlik bir sahafta bulduğum bir kitabı. Bugün kardeşimle taradık… Continue Reading →

How do you learn a foreign language?

Oh gosh am I sick of explaining this. So I made a video. How the devil do you learn a foreign language? You just do it. Go in with some help– maybe a friend, maybe a teacher, or better yet… Continue Reading →

Four Christmases

I have been working on my first “serious” video for two weeks. Though it is full of errors, technical problems, and just general novice mistakes. However, it is the best video I have made to date, and I am very… Continue Reading →

Why can’t I speak the foreign talk

Growing –The secret to learning a language, what is it? Well, if you are reading this now, you know the answer. You already speak. The answer to this actually somewhat bad question is approximately the same answer that the question:… Continue Reading →

Casey Neistat size hiç istemeden İngilizce Öğretiyor

Ama nasıl pratik ediliyor? Artık çok yabancı kişi kalmadı küçük şehrimizde. İstanbul yabancılarla dolu olsaydı bile onlarla nasıl arkadaş edinirdik? Tamam da, dolu, ama ana dili İngilizce olanlarla değil. Ben dil pratik etmek için birine arkadaş deyip aynı zamanda para… Continue Reading →

Rough Times

It has been a while since I wrote a post about anything. I have been hard at work “teaching” English and other BS. However I thought I would do myself a favor and share something. The included link is to… Continue Reading →

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