HE IS A SLOVENIAN WHO SPEAKS TURKISH, I AM A TURKISH WHO SPEAKS SLOVENE
I have a Slovenian friend who is more Turkish than I am. I met with him almost a year ago. Every time we meet I learn something new from him.
I also saw the Turkish people from his point of view. He travels to Istanbul very often because of his job but he really enjoys these trips.
He cooks Turkish food (even the hardest one baklava), watches Turkish series and he has a full playlist of Turkish music in his car.
He sometimes surprises me by using Turkish idioms and phrases for example.
Seeing his enthusiasm about my culture made me a researcher but I have a stronger curiosity for Slovenia because I am not a Slovenian and I am living here.
Our common point is our interest for each other’s language and culture.
A year ago I was beginning to learn Slovenian and I remember when asked him about the language he had no idea.
I also made him really enthusiastic because every time I came up with a new question about the language although he did not know the answer, he was determined to find out.
He found all the explanations and tried to make them logical for me as much as possible.
By the time we found out that Turkish and Slovenian are closer to each other even more than English.
He also learned how to teach Slovenian. He attended a course for teaching Slovenian. At the end of the course, he knew all the basic Slovenian grammar which is still hard for me.
He likes hiking in Slovenia and finding new destinations. Our another common thing is our nature-loving souls.
I am sure about something that I also changed his perception of Slovenia.
He gave me a book which has many unknown special places with their legendaries in Slovenia.
This is the book:
Pravljične Poti Po Slovenije (Fairy Tale Path in Slovenia) :))