Thursday, July 19, 2012

Making Some Progress

¡Hola! (I know that’s not the right language, but I’m going to say it anyways)

The other day, I received my travel itinerary from AFS! It gives me information regarding everything about my departure. It says that I will be leaving on September 6th. I originally thought I would be leaving on the 2nd, which would have been bad because that is the same day that my sister goes off to college.

I am still studying Turkish, working on refining my knowledge on the spelling rules and verb conjugations. Recently, I discovered that a site that I have been ignoring for a while has some useful exercises for pretty much every aspect of Turkish grammar. I realized a couple weeks ago that even though I knew a lot of Turkish grammar, I had hardly any vocabulary. So, I decided to learn some. It is definitely difficult to learn; there seem to be hardly any similarities between English and Turkish vocabulary. Here are just some examples using some words I’ve learned:
Fast - Hızlı
April - Nisan
Car - Araba
Fifty - Elli
To wait - Beklemek
To answer - Yanıtlamak

This summer, there seems to be an unusual amount of Turkish people in my county. There are some working at an amusement park a couple towns over and there are some at the place my step-mom works. I learned recently that my mom’s friend has a Turkish roommate that will work at the bakery that both my mom and sister work. So, it seems that I will be meeting a few Turkish people before I go on exchange.

I have been taking English 101 over the past eight weeks in order to graduate on time. It has been a bit tough, especially considering I don’t usually do too well in English class K . It’s time has come to an end, however, and that means that all that’s left before going to Turkey is finishing my online health class :p

In other news, my birthday is coming up J ! I will be 17 (finally) and I am not getting much, except for a laptop and some money for when I am abroad. Another thing that has happened since last post is the arrival of my unicycle (it came the day after that post), and I have to say that it is great! It is the proper size, so I can actually go long distances, and I have been riding it around town.

These are some pictures of me on my unicycle :)

Thursday, July 5, 2012

My Summer So Far

Hello again!

I haven’t updated my blog in a while. I was at theater camp last week, which was a great time. I made a few new friends and saw my friends from last year. In my camp, we learned about acting, dancing, and improv (my favorite J ). I have also spent some of my summer learning to unicycle. I am now quite good at it, and my new unicycle, the one that is actually my size, will arrive soon J

I have also been busying myself with learning Turkish! My notebook already has fifteen pages in it (I am making a notebook with a compilation of Turkish language things) and I am still working on it. I have learned a lot about verb conjugations and I feel that I am starting to get the hang of vowel harmony and some noun cases.

If you have never been to Maine before, this is what it part of it looks like. Although most of Maine does not look like this, this is one of my favorite places in the town, the Blueberry Plains.