This is my very first organic post since I published a post about how to write a guest post pitch the other day. One of the reasons is that I’ve been swarmed up with some activities these days that are not blog-related. One of them is that I took some online courses to learn a foreign language.
Well, technically, I’m taking two separate courses to learn two foreign languages. Earlier this year, I decided to polish my Turkish language skill after I came across some random Turkish series on Facebook. LOL. For that, I already know basic Turkish, so my goal for the course is quite simple… To improve my speaking and listening skills, as well as to enrich my vocabulary.
Apart from Turkish, I also registered for an online course to start learning Serbian. A couple of years ago, I came across Serbian Language and Culture Workshop site, and I was already planning to join their program ever since. Initially, I was planning to go there this year, but then the pandemic hit, so I have to postpone.
As a result, I’m taking the online course for both languages simultaneously. That’s why I decided to start writing about some tips to learn a foreign language. I’m not saying I’m a multitalented person slash polyglot, but I guess I get by when it comes to learning a language that is not my mother tongue.
So, what are the best ways to learn a foreign language?!
Turkey always has a special place in my heart, especially Istanbul. That’s why, it’s been a while since I looked for a contributor covering the city split by two continents, Europe and Asia.
For those who probably don’t know, my very first flight was from Jakarta to Istanbul 10 years ago. Yes, I never even flew domestically, and the only reason I flew to Turkey was because I got a scholarship to spend a summer course there learning Turkish as a language.
I spent almost three months in Izmir, but my journey in Turkey started in Istanbul. And also so many other stories around the country. So, I was super excited when Dani of Diapers in Paradise reached out to cover Istanbul for this week’s $10 series!
Last but not least, how could you spend your $10 in Istanbul?
In case you’ve missed the first part of the series with some recommended places to visit in the first half of 2020, you should probably read it first before moving on to this one… But, if you’re actually looking for some holiday inspiration for the second half of the year starting in July, you’re on the right track!
I mean, of course… July and August seem to be the peak holiday seasons in some places. And maybe you’re a parent who needs to travel with kids during the school holiday. Or maybe you just love summer that you simply don’t want to miss the season to enjoy the heat and the sun.
Are you curious on which places that have been recommended by other fellow travel bloggers in the second half of 2020? Carry on!
The second Wednesday of 2019, and my correspondence with Lindsay from My Trampoline Kids took me back to summer 2010 instead. Time flies so fast that I didn’t even notice that it’s almost 9 years already ever since I left Izmir.
Yes, on this week’s $10 series, we’ll go to the Aegean coast to see how you could spend your $10 in Izmir. When I read Lindsay’s piece on this, I’ve got so many things to add on but then again I’m not sure how much 9 years have changed the city.
3 years ago, I was also in Turkey but I, unfortunately, didn’t get a chance to stop by the present area of Smyrna and only had a chance to visit my friend in Mersin and my then-boyfriend in Istanbul.