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INTRODUCTION
Eric: Hi everyone, and welcome back to TurkishClass101.com. This is Intermediate Season 1 Lesson 24 - An Interview with a Turkish Celebrity. Eric here.
Selin: Merhaba, I'm Selin.
Eric: In this lesson, you’ll learn polite expressions in Turkish. The conversation takes place at a film studio.
Selin: It's between Alice and Beren Saat.
Eric: The speakers are strangers; therefore, they’ll speak formal Turkish. Okay, let's listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUE
Alice: Beren Hanım Merhabalar. Öncelikle, bize zaman ayırdığınız için teşekkür ederiz.
Beren Saat: Rica ederim.
Alice: Beren Hanım, sorularımıza başlayalım mı hazır mısınız?
Beren Saat: Buyrun lütfen.
Alice: Sizce kariyerinizde güzelliğin etkisi nedir?
Beren Saat: Evet. Tabii güzellik de bulunduğum alan için önemli ama çok güzel biri kameranın karşısında şanslı olmayabilir.
Alice: Siz her türlü şansa sahipsiniz...
Beren Saat: Yaşadığım bedeni seviyorum, olabildiğince iyi bakmaya çalışıyorum, kendimden mutluyum ama “ne şahane” denecek güzellikte bir kadın da değilim.
Alice: Size ekranın kadın starı deniyor. Peki, siz kendinizi nasıl konumlandırıyorsunuz?
Beren Saat: Son yıllarda çok popülerleştim. Yalnız ‘star’ kelimesini başkaları gelip yakanıza takar. Ben henüz kendim için kullanamıyorum. Yola, ünlenmek için değil oynamak için çıktım. Çocukluğumdan beri hayalim buydu.
Alice: Bize ayırdığınız değerli zaman için çok teşekkür ederiz.
Beren Saat: Rica ederim. Yayın sürecinin detayları hakkında menajerimle görüşebilirsiniz.
Eric: Listen to the conversation one time slowly.
Alice: Beren Hanım Merhabalar. Öncelikle, bize zaman ayırdığınız için teşekkür ederiz.
Beren Saat: Rica ederim.
Alice: Beren Hanım, sorularımıza başlayalım mı hazır mısınız?
Beren Saat: Buyrun lütfen.
Alice: Sizce kariyerinizde güzelliğin etkisi nedir?
Beren Saat: Evet. Tabii güzellik de bulunduğum alan için önemli ama çok güzel biri kameranın karşısında şanslı olmayabilir.
Alice: Siz her türlü şansa sahipsiniz...
Beren Saat: Yaşadığım bedeni seviyorum, olabildiğince iyi bakmaya çalışıyorum, kendimden mutluyum ama “ne şahane” denecek güzellikte bir kadın da değilim.
Alice: Size ekranın kadın starı deniyor. Peki, siz kendinizi nasıl konumlandırıyorsunuz?
Beren Saat: Son yıllarda çok popülerleştim. Yalnız ‘star’ kelimesini başkaları gelip yakanıza takar. Ben henüz kendim için kullanamıyorum. Yola, ünlenmek için değil oynamak için çıktım. Çocukluğumdan beri hayalim buydu.
Alice: Bize ayırdığınız değerli zaman için çok teşekkür ederiz.
Beren Saat: Rica ederim. Yayın sürecinin detayları hakkında menajerimle görüşebilirsiniz.
Eric: Listen to the conversation with the English translation.
Alice: Hello, Mrs. Saat. First of all, thank you very much for your time.
Beren Saat: You are welcome.
Alice: Mrs. Saat, shall we begin our interview? Are you ready?
Beren Saat: Yes please. Go ahead.
Alice: How does your beauty affect your career in your opinion?
Beren Saat: Well of course natural beauty is an important factor in this industry, however a very beautiful person can be unlucky in front of the cameras.
Alice: But you are surrounded with luck and beauty...
Beren Saat: I love my body. I try to do my best taking care of it. I am content and happy with myself, but I am not a woman whom you'll call "wow breathtaking."
Alice: They call you the female star of the screen. So, how do you see yourself?
Beren Saat: I became very popular recently. However, 'star' is a label other people give to you. I do not use it for myself as of now. I began my journey not to become famous but to act. That was my childhood dream.
Alice: Thank you very much for the valuable time you devoted to us.
Beren Saat: You are welcome. You can contact my agent for further details of the publication process.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Eric: We entered the world of showbiz in this conversation!
Selin: Yes, we were at a movie studio! How exciting!
Eric: What’s the Turkish movie or television industry like?
Selin: According to Turkish Exporters Assembly, Turkish television dramas became really popular in the last decade.
Eric: Yeah, I think I’ve seen a couple on TV.
Selin: Turkey is the second highest exporter of TV after the US and exports to 75 countries, so maybe you have!
Eric: What kind of TV shows are popular?
Selin: The stories are usually pretty melodramatic and react to viewer feedback. They’re also really long as episodes are typically 120 minutes long, and there are 40 episodes in a season.
Eric: I guess that the scenes and plotlines unravel at a pretty slow pace if episodes and seasons are so long.
Selin: Compared to American dramas, yes they do, although they’re very theatrical!
Eric: Can you tell us about a popular drama?
Selin: Aşk-ı Memnu, meaning “Forbidden Love,” became popular abroad. It’s about the young wife of a rich older man who falls in love with her husband’s nephew.
Eric: Sounds very dramatic! Okay, now onto the vocab.
VOCAB LIST
Eric: Let’s take a look at the vocabulary from this lesson. The first word is...
Selin: kariyer [natural native speed]
Eric: career
Selin: kariyer[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Selin: kariyer [natural native speed]
Eric: Next we have...
Selin: güzellik [natural native speed]
Eric: beauty
Selin: güzellik[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Selin: güzellik [natural native speed]
Eric: Next we have...
Selin: şans [natural native speed]
Eric: luck
Selin: şans[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Selin: şans [natural native speed]
Eric: Next we have...
Selin: yaşamak [natural native speed]
Eric: to live
Selin: yaşamak[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Selin: yaşamak [natural native speed]
Eric: Next we have...
Selin: beden [natural native speed]
Eric: body
Selin: beden[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Selin: beden [natural native speed]
Eric: Next we have...
Selin: kendi [natural native speed]
Eric: own
Selin: kendi[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Selin: kendi [natural native speed]
Eric: And next...
Selin: şahane [natural native speed]
Eric: wonderful
Selin: şahane[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Selin: şahane [natural native speed]
Eric: And next...
Selin: ekran [natural native speed]
Eric: screen
Selin: ekran[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Selin: ekran [natural native speed]
Eric: Next we have...
Selin: konumlandırmak [natural native speed]
Eric: to position something
Selin: konumlandırmak[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Selin: konumlandırmak [natural native speed]
Eric: And last...
Selin: ünlenmek [natural native speed]
Eric: to become famous
Selin: ünlenmek[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Selin: ünlenmek [natural native speed]
KEY VOCAB AND PHRASES
Eric: Let's have a closer look at the usage of some of the words and phrases from this lesson. The first phrase is...
Selin: zaman ayırmak
Eric: meaning "to devote time to someone or something." What can you tell us about this phrase?
Selin: First is the noun zaman, meaning "time," and then ayırmak, which is a verb meaning "to devote."
Eric: Literally “to devote time"!
Selin: Yes, and that’s how it’s used. We can talk about devoting time to someone or something.
Eric: Is it okay to use this in formal and informal settings?
Selin: Yes, it is.
Eric: Can you give us an example using this phrase?
Selin: Sure. For example, you can say, İşinden dolayı çocuğuna zaman ayıramamaktan şikayet ediyordu.
Eric: ...which means "She was complaining about not devoting time to her kid due to her work."
Eric: Okay, what's the next phrase?
Selin: iyi bakmak
Eric: meaning "to take good care of someone or something." What can you tell us about this phrase?
Selin: First is the adjective iyi, meaning "good," and then bakmak, which is a verb meaning "to look" or "to look after."
Eric: So together, it means “to take good care."
Selin: It’s used to talk about taking care of someone or something.
Eric: Can you use it in both formal and informal contexts?
Selin: Yes, you can.
Eric: Can you give us an example using this phrase?
Selin: Sure. For example, you can say, Anneannem evindeki çiçeklere çok iyi bakar.
Eric: ...which means "My grandma takes good care of the plants in her house."
Eric: Okay, what's the next phrase?
Selin: yayın süreci
Eric: meaning "publication process." This is an indefinite noun phrase.
Selin: The first word is yayın, which means "publication," and the second word süreç means "process."
Eric: They’re both nouns, of course.
Selin: Yes, but take note that the second noun has the indefinite noun suffix -i, so that ç softens and becomes c.
Eric: How’s this phrase used?
Selin: It’s used to talk about the publication or processing of information.
Eric: Okay, now onto the lesson focus.

Lesson focus

Eric: In this lesson, you'll learn about polite expressions in Turkish.
Eric: We’re going to concentrate on polite expressions that you can use in an interview setting.
Selin: The conversation in this lesson was a perfect example of a formal interview.
Eric: It was interesting. It almost sounded like a real actor giving real answers.
Selin: Well, it’s based on some answers the actor Beren Saat has given in her interviews.
Eric: She’s an actress?
Selin: Yes, she was the star of the drama Aşk-ı Memnu.
Eric: We spoke about that earlier too.
Selin: Yes, we did. One important thing to remember in formal situations is to use siz instead of sen for “you."
Eric: It’s more polite?
Selin: Yes, it is. But remember that in daily language, siz is used as second person plural pronoun.
Eric: But for politeness, you can use it as the second person singular pronoun too.
Selin: You should also use siz if you’re ordering someone to do something too.
Eric: What kind of phrases are useful in formal interviews?
Selin: We’ve spoken about teşekkür etmek in previous lessons. It means “thanks."
Eric: What are good ways to reply to this?
Selin: You can say, Ben teşekkür ederim.
Eric: “I thank you.”
Selin: Rica ederim
Eric: “You’re welcome.”
Selin: Bir şey değil
Eric: “Not at all.” Sometimes in English, we’d say “don’t mention it" too.
Selin: In Turkish, that’s Estağfurullah, but you shouldn’t say that in this situation.
Eric: Is there a good way to respond to a compliment?
Selin: Try, Beni mahçup ediyorsunuz.
Eric: “You are making me embarrassed, thank you.” That’s a good reply; it’s nice and humble.
Selin: Another important word is lütfen, meaning “please.”
Eric: You can use this when you’re asking for something.
Selin: Yes, like Lütfen defterini verir misin?
Eric: “Can you please lend your notebook to me?”

Outro

Eric: Okay, that’s all for this lesson. Thank you for listening everyone, and we’ll see you next time! Bye!
Selin: Güle güle.

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