What I learned in Turkish class, vol. 2
What do I have to do to get you to study? the teacher asked. (Reward us with chocolate?)
Our teacher is straight outta high school, or at least some 80's movie about high school. As 8:15 neared she said, You don't need to leave right away, do you? to all of us.
I made an uh-oh face: Actually, I kind of DO need to leave. I was meeting a friend for dinner 10 minutes away at 8:30. And I'd left my house at 6:45 am and hadn't been home since. And I hadn't had a thing to eat since school got out.
Tell him your teacher made you stay late, it's not your fault, she said. It is a HIM, right? She is pretty sure that we are all in class in order to learn soft words of Turkish to utter to our beloveds. That's why she taught us yumusak* (soft, tender) in the first class. Really.
Well, actually it's a HER, but... all right... Now the whole class thinks I'm a lesbian. Including that really cute guy who sits across the room from me... (told you this is like high school).
And so she kept us ten minutes late.
Ladies, you must be especially careful about your C's. The gentlemen, they can say whatever they want. Ladies, you must be careful. Only use this word, never that one. But she still will not explain exactly what horrifying thing we will end up saying by accident if we mispronounce a c (it's supposed to sound like a j).
iyi geceler - good night.
*My mac doesn't have an ALT key. And when I try to use the apple key, nothing. And I haven't set up the Turkish alphabet on my computer yet. So... you'll just have to imagine the correct letters.