DIFFERENCES IN PERSONAL PRONOUNS TURKISH ENGLISH Ben I Sen You O He She It Biz We Siz You Onlar They Turkish is a gender neutral language, and the students call both female and male teachers “Hocam” when talking to them. There is no Sir and Miss like in England.
DIFFERENCES IN THE NAMES OF FAMILY MEMBERS TURKISH ENGLISH Teyze – Hala Aunt Dayı – Amca Uncle Kardeş (both) Sister – Brother Ağabey Elder Brother Abla Sister The following shows how important the idea of the family is in Turkish Culture. We also call Amca, Teyze for elder people to show respect and Abla, Abi (Ağabey) for young people who are older than us.
Family Relations are very important in Turkish Culture • Parents have strong feeling of care and protection of their children throughout their lives. • If the children are not married they live with their parents all their lives. • In Turkish laws, Daughters can benefit from their parent’s insurance if they are not married. The unmarried sons cannot benefit from their health insurance when they are over 18. • In villages, daughters come together with their mothers to prepare winter food. • There are men only cafes for playing cards and chatting.
ATATÜRK and WOMAN • He is Atatürk the founder of Turkish Republic who gave rights to women for voting and being elected in 1934. • He did the necessary regulations for women to have the equal rights with men. • However, only 14% of the Turkish parliament are women today. • There are some strict laws to protect women against violence in recent years.
Women and Family in Turkish Belief and Islam • Our prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) says “The Heaven is under Mothers’ feet” to show how much respect should be given to mothers. • Kuran encourages people to marry and warns the couples to have honesty, respect, love in their relationships.