HandsOnTurkish blog

News and articles relating to Turkish business and culture as well as project updates

Turkish is an official EU language

Turkish has become an official language of the European Union. It is now the 25th official language of the European Union. By implication this would mean that all public EU reports and documentation now need to be translated into Turkish. The breakthrough has little...

Turkish negotiation process

The negotiation process may take longer than expected or anticipated. Turkish business people do not like to be put under pressure and do not like deadlines. Therefore, any attempt to hurry the process will only produce negative results. Being patient is an asset when...

Slump in Turkey’s Tourism Sector

The political instability in the wider Middle East region is having a devastating impact on Turkey’s tourism industry which has now seen a collapse for the summer of 2016. Tourism remains a key revenue generator for the country. According to figures from the World...

Turkish Lamb Shank Recipe – Kuzu İncik

Incik is a popular Turkish dish found on many menus. Lamb shanks provide a hearty and delicious meal but they do require long cooking times to tenderise the tough meat. Lamb: Kuzu Shank: İncik In this recipe we used a "Dutch Oven" - a cast iron pot which can be...

Turkish proverb – Don’t roll up your trousers (yet)!

A wise Turkish proverb to bear in mind at the start of any week, task or  journey! Dereyi görmeden pacalari sıvama. Do not roll up your trousers before reaching the stream. This saying is used to make a point that one should not be overly eager and optimistic about an...

Business etiquette: Greeting a colleague in Turkey

When greeting a Turkish colleague formally for the first time, it is polite to address a man by his full name proceeded by Bay (Bay Frank Campbell). You can address a woman with her full name and Bayan (Bayan Sarah Campbell). If you are acquainted with somebody, but...

Introduction to the Turkish Language: There Are No Cats in Turkey

We recently created a video for the HandsOnTurkish project with the aim of sparking some interest in the Turkish language - particularly for people who have never considered learning the language or may not have had sufficient reason to do so. Interestingly, we were...

Bursa in Turkey

Historical Bursa Bursa was founded in the second century BC by the Bythinian king Prusius. The king followed the advice of the Carthaginian general Hannibal, who had taken refuge with Prusius after fleeing from the Roman army, to build the city on a hill where it...

EU-Turkish negotiations take a new turn

Turkey has been trying to join the European Union for almost thirty years. The first application was to join the European Economic Zone was back in 1987. Since then, the European Union has more than doubled in size but Turkey has been left out in the cold. Turkey's...

G20 Talks in Turkey

Whilst Europe grapples with the ballooning migrant crisis and whilst in Syria the conflict continues to escalate, the leaders of twenty of the World's most developed economies sat down together in Turkey. A fitting location since Turkey holds a strategically key...

RenPostası newspaper article about HandsOnTurkish

The article above has appeared in the Turkish newspaper RenPostası, following an interview with our German Turkish colleague Mrs Güler. RenPostası (RhinePost) is a regional newspaper that is published in Sinzig, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany. It is the only Turkish...

About our Turkish Digital Badge & Certificate

As part of the HandsOnTurkish project, we have developed a new and innovative system of certification for language learning. This article explains what digital badges and digital certification are, how they are related to language learning; the article also provides...

Getting around in Istanbul

Getting around The daily Istanbul traffic jam begins in the morning at around 7 o’clock when everybody leaves home to go to work. The overcrowded streets remain congested until 10 o’clock. This is then repeated in the evening from about 5 to 8 o’clock when people...

Turkish Soap Operas

Turkish soap operas are incredibly popular, regularly topping the TV ratings in countries from Kazakhstan to Chile. The soaps are typically over an hour long per episode, with family drama, as well as matters of honour and love at the forefront. A typical example is...

Turkish Language Android App Updates September

The Android HandsOnTurkish app has been updated with a number of improvements and extra content. Key updates Updated code to ensure that fast interaction is possible on all devices. New and cleaner interface design. New navigation layout at the top and...

Advertising in Turkey

Advertising in Turkey, like advertising everywhere, often uses cultural conventions to sell products. If you have to work on an advertising campaign aimed at the general public, it may be worth talking to a Turkish colleague about how to fit it better around local...

German Turkish Economic Forum Cologne

On Thursday, Sept. 3rd Udo Hennig, a partner on the HandsOnTurkish project, attended the German-Turkish Economic Forum hosted by the Cologne Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) and supported by the Turkish-German Chamber of Commerce (TD-IHK, Cologne, Berlin) as well as the Euro-Mediterranean-Arab Association (EMA, Hamburg).