The most handsome guy in Brasov…

Hey people!
I want to introduce a very handsome guy I met in Brasov two weeks ago. He is tall, has got long curly blond hair and a pretty face. He is a party-boy and unfortunatly kind of vain and narcissistic.
Well, I didn’t meet him in a Pub or Coffee-Bar, not at the swimmingpool or the dancelesson, not at work. I met him in the Library,  just by chance. He is not romanian, in fact he is english. To be honest: I met him before in Germany (seems like he loves travelling so much) and he is… a character in a novel. His name is Dorian Gray.
Yea…One of my favourite novels is “The picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde. The german translation I read several times because I like the dialogues which are funny because of ironic and paradox ideas. And it is a varied story: You find love and murder, some kind of unrealistic happening and everything… It is about a guy who loves his own beautiful appearance to much and when his friend, a painter, finished his portrait, Dorian expresses his wish to stay forever young and beautiful and the painting should alter instead. Somehow his wish becomes reality…
In the english library I found the book and decided to read it now in original language. Since it is a very short novel of only 250 pages and since I knew the plot very well,  I thought  it would be  a good idea to start with “Dorian Gray” reading english books what I never tried before. And it was. Even if I couldn’t understand every word and I also missed the meaning of some expressions or phrases I could follow the story very well. It was a pleasure to have this contact with English in a novel … and to have this contact with a handsome guy =P
Mireille.

 

Onto complexity of world languages and Turkish

Languages … have been created thousand years ago… first human being were writing and typing of their desires, wishes, purposes on the stone walls..and they discovered ” the voice” . Then they screamed out as strong as they can do…. and noticed that someone understands and responding them in same way.

Conquests of continents gave us possibility to ply a trade with others as well as we recognized their languages, gestures, moves, motions etc. Culture was not so concentrated and stiff  years ago. Right now, so called ” every nation” has its own specific language named  as mother tongue. Nevertheless, could we tell that no language was influenced by each other?  I don’t think so.  Even countries which are geographically too far from one another, could have similar words and expressions.  In Turkish , we say ” Bir dil, bir insandir ” ( One language is one human being&  O limbă este un om)  that ‘s definitely   true.  I was not thinking that  Romanian language have some slavic based words in their language, but yes it is .

Or another example is ok.. I knew that Romanian language includes Turkish words, but I couldn’t imagine this much.  Yet we know that we have french language influence on us too .  Do you wanna be suprised right now? then be ready  🙂

Torba is a turkish origined word.. means ” bag , pocket” and in Polish torba means” pocket ” too ? oh yes it does. 🙂 Do you know what is ” tavan”?  tavan is a turkish word that means ceiling or roof and Romanian people says tavan too. The word ” bilete” it is considered to be ” russian or slavic” what I believe. Bilet means ticket. but for example Czech people says  ” vystupenka”  as polish and Russian people says ” bilet” 🙂 In turkish, we also say bilet. I think this word is one of most rare word that we obtained from russian language 🙂

Recently, in Turkish what we do is , we take a latin word and changing end of word and putting more likely ” us, as , es” and making  it like turkish . All scientific terms are like this.  Do you wanna know how we call segmentation? look : segmentasyon 🙂  and how we call ” international” ?  = enternasyonel .. in a nutshell , we call all words that ends with -ation, we change it a bit and it is being our word,  congratulations ! 🙂

 

If you’re curious, let me tell the similar or same words between Romanian and Turkish language.

Autobus :  Otobüs  , Taxi : taksi , Cüzdan ( wallet ) , çizme(boots) , papuç ( shoes) , şapka ( hat= also hungarian people says sapka) , Kravat ( tie * it is a slavic word I guess) , Çarşaf ( sheet), gazeta ( romanian people says ziar too but in latin countries this word is very popular)  , Cam (glass or window, but romanians write like geam),  Garnitur( garnish, garniture) , sarmale ( we say  sarma or dolma),  Pıras or Pırasa ( leek), Blüz ( blouse) , …

According to one linguistic research that made about origin of Turkish language gives us some statistics,  see :

http://turkoloji.cu.edu.tr/YENI%20TURK%20DILI/ayfer_aktas_gunumuz_rumence_turkce_kaynakli_sozler.pdf

 

Strongest affection in Turkish language by order as top 7  is  as follow ;

Arabic : 6454 words

French : 5180

Persian :  1361

Italian : 610

English :  451

Greek : 422 and Latin :  77

Let’s keep on a bit more word’s similarities 🙂   Ceai ( cay ),  cablu ( kablo), furtuna (   firtina) , bacsis ( bahsis), babalac ( babalik), beizadea ( beyzade), arnaud ( arnavut ),  bardac ( bardak), baltag ( balta),  bigi-bigi ( cici bici), becher( bekar), Bostan( Bostan), Briceag ( Bicak)  etc..

I recommend you  when you hear a word as you’re outside, or see some words you think it is similar to your mother tongue, don’t waste time, run for dictionary and find meaning, may be this word you learned will save your life:)

For those who are interested in words and meanings, this website is useful : http://dexonline.ro/

 

Iyi haftasonlari ! Have a great weekend!  Bon weekend!  Ein schönes Wochenende!  tener un buen fin de semana ! Miłego weekendu 🙂

Servus,

Furkan

 

 

 

The road of the dead 3 ? Not really…


So, as you  know, or maybe not, Mahila and me we don't like so much
walking. But, the last weekend, I really don't know why, we where very
motivated. When Mireille asked us to visit a cave close to Rasnov with
her, we didn't hesitate. So, we checked the way on google maps.
Problem ... it tell us that we have to walk 8 Km to the cave.
After a little time of reflexion, we decided to try the experience.
Then, we started the trek, early in the morning, with a lot of
motivation, and after only 1 km, a miracle happened. A sign announcing
the famous cave at only 500 m. Thanks Google!

Valea Cetatii cave

After 30 minutes of walking and a bit disapointed that the way was so
short ( yeah yeah, I wrote "disapointed", maybe because we start to
become profesionnal walkers ;-p ), we arrived to Peștera Valea Cetatii.
This cave was discover in 1949 and open to the public in 2010. Even if
it's pretty small, the 2500 m2 of the principal room allows to discover
a multitude of stalactites and stalagmites of differents size ( which
one who measure more than 2 m ) and be immersed in a special atmosphere.
The 15 minute tour guarantee to have the feeling of being in another
world.

If a tree falls in a forest

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it – does it make a sound?

So do we need the perception of a human being in order to call something a “sound”?

The first logical answer coming to the mind would be no : if no one is around to hear the tree, it cannot make a sound because a sound is something which is perceived by living beings – and if none of them is around, nothing will be perceived. Consequently: no sound.

For example, if we take a deaf person into this forest and a tree falls down, this person won’t hear the falling of a tree and thus, there is no sound to be perceived.

But as this is a well-known philosophical question, such an answer would be way too easy and one-sided.

Let’s consider the physical definition of “sound”: The vibration of air (without considering a living being to perceive this sound). This means, the sound is there no matter if there is somebody to hear it or not.

However, there are many philosophers arguing about this question although to me, the answer to this question is quite simple:

Of course, there is a sound. Although we as humans frequently think, we are the middle of the world and everything revolves only about us, this case is different. Sound is a noise which can be heard – and if it is not heard it is still a noise which means it makes sound.

 

This example of the tree is only a part of the big question if something can exist without being perceived. And my answer to this is consequently yes.

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THE SECRET: BEARS AND NATURE

Posted by on Thursday, November 15, 2012 · Leave a Comment 

THE SECRET: BEARS AND NATURE

I was in the cave of Rasnov and…There was one bear.

I was searching the house of the other volunteers, I had a dinner, there was night, there wasn’t anybody, and I looked to the trash. And… there was a bear!

I was reading the Brasov tourist guide and… One bear.

All these bears are imagination that I had.  I thougt that it was real but not.

The first was a photo in the cave with a bear.

The second was a very brown big dog.

And the third was a photo in the guide.

 

In my life, sometimes I wish something, I think about it with all my power, I visualize it and after it happens.

I think that we have a power, a secret, or a intuition. I’m not a crazy, I’m not a warlock, but I belive in the power of our mind, the power of our feelings and the power of our thinking.

When I want to park my car in the city and I was positive and I thouht that the place was where I wanted, finally I parked my car there.

When I have one exam, and I haven’t time to prepare very good, I think about differents questions that it would be probably and many times I pass my exams. My friends tell me that I have luck.

These two example of the power when you are positive. During many years I don’t know the explanation, but when I read “The secret” by Ronda Byne, I feel identified about it. It’s a interesting book, that it can to help to be positive.

The bears is an example of that. When I wish to see the bears, this happen, in the photo, in the guide or as a big dog! Probably in the future they will appear, I hope that they aren’t agressive with me!

 

Why bears?

Actually I live in Brasov, It’s a very important city of the Carpathian mountains. The brown bear is the most important animal that live here, because they are the 60% of the bears in Europe.

And finally I post some photos about the bears and about the first Carpathian mountain that I’ve walked up.

Juangui Clavo

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Favourite movies

Posted by on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 · Leave a Comment 

I also like cinema though I must recognize my knowledge about this topic is not very big. I wanna share some movies I´ve watched in my life that I really recommed. The winter time is comiing soon and the best plan is stay at home.

 

 

1. The thirteenth floor

 

 

 

 

 

 

– Director and year:  Josef Rusnak, 1999 (USA & Germany).

– Gender and duration: Fiction, 100 minutes .

– Little explanation:

A group of scientist makes a great discovery which is gonna change definitively the      percepcion of human about itself and the world around it.

 

 

 

 

2. Lucky Number Slevin

 

– Director and year: Paul McGuigan,  2006 (USA).

– Gender and duration: Thriller/action. 109 minutes.

– Little explanation:

Slevin Kelebra and Mr. Goodkat are working together in a special case and they´ll try to be                succesfull, even when it´s too difficult. They must prepare a revenge during years. A really                      interesting movie which is gonna make you interested every time, for sure.

 

 

 

 

3. Apocalypse Now

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

– Director and year: Francis Ford Coppola, 1979 (USA).

– Gender and duration: War, 153 minutes.

– Little explanation:

Considered the greatest war movie in history. FF. Coppola decided to make it in the     Phillipines islands, when te country had its own war. The movie is about Vietnam War   (1963 – 1975) and tells the story of Coronel Kurtz and Captain Willard, they both will     find each other in the most difficult conditions, when war is lost for americans

 

 

 

 

4. Little Miss Sunshine

 

 

 

 

 

 

– Director and year:  Jonathan Dayton, 2006 (USA).

– Gender and duration: Comedy, 101 minutes.

– Little explanation:

Olive is a small girl living in USA and her dream is become the new Miss Sunshine, the beauty  competition winner. Her family crosses all the United States in a big car in order to participate in       it. The best comedy I´ve ever watched.

 

 

 

5. Into the Wild

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

– Director and year: Sean Penn, 2007 (USA).

– Gender and duration: Based in real story, 147 minutes (USA)..

– Little explanation:

Everybody knows it´s one of my favourite movies. Based in real story, Christopher      Johnson McCandless is totally sad and needs a big change in his life, very far away  from the false society we live. A movie everybody must watch, from my point of   view. The final part is hard but the movie is great.

 

 

 

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(not)lost in translation

Posted by on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 · Leave a Comment 

The reality is always different then dreams. Different and ruthless. It meticulously points all my weakness and mistakes out.

I wasn’t aware my suppressions. I thought that I was able to… read favourite book in English unaided of dictionary. Instead of that, I’ve been fighting with words, phrases and constructions. It’s like never ending nightmare when you try, the best you can, to finish something under the pressure, and you can’t do it. In place of 10 read pages, 20 new occur. The time is running fast, faster and faster with every single page which you’ve finished. An impatience colors your face in red. Your cheeks burn you like white-hot kettle. You feel almost physically pressure of time. You start to recognize that this book has only outset, without any ending. Never mind – happy or not. You can’t just wait to finish this book. But probably it will first change itself into huge, paper Frankenstein and… eat you!

Ok, stop right know!

My imagination is bigger then I. Because of that, when I was kid I avoid all this dreadful, scary movie. You know, all of this movies with frenzied had of Jack Nicholson squinting at you from damaged doors.

 

 

 

 

Every flying white robe, each crazy scientist vivifying dinosaurs or breeding brave new humanoid race, made me tremble with fear. Even know, I can’t take it easy. I’m not able to watch this kind of movie without batting an eyelid. I need a big, soft pillow behind which I can hide myself. Like a small kid I’ve still believed that if I hide my face behind the pillow or close my eyes I will be safe. I will be invisible for the monsters, ghosts, serial killers, aliens and other Predator. Cuz, obviously, if I can’t see them, they can see me neither!

 

So I was frightened to death when draught suddenly closed… book which I was reading in empty flat. The book was closed with a dull thud. In the same moment not only book was closed, but draught also switched off flickers of hope in my eyes. Hope that this book would be read one day. It left me almost without any consolation. Almost, cuz, this dull thud forced me to thinking, if I’m still dreaming or not? Maybe I’m a prisoner of new, unknown words from my favorite book? Why I can’t stop reading? Are I really reading or maybe I’m writing long, boring story from the words which I checked in dictionary. Unknown words from book which I was reading? I started to hesitate like Chuang Tzu: “I don’t know whether I was a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man?” … And…

Didn’t I told you, that this story has no ending! 😉

 

* Ladies and gentlemen!

This blog was written by words witch I had found new in “Small gods” of Terry Pratchett, the book I had been reading for our English Book Club. The idea of using new vocabulary to write a short story occurred in my mind thanks:

–          Furkan’s activity “Understanding English”

–         Creative Writing.

On this meetings we… have fun and practice English, writing, imagination. It’s also good way to leave fear of making mistake. Contrary, the first rule of CW is: mistake can make you more creative… writer 😉

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Why don´t you understand? (Part II)

Posted by on Monday, November 12, 2012 · Leave a Comment 

 

Come on, try to understand!

I wrote some months ago an article titled  <<Why don´t you understand?>> and I supose that only the people who wanted to understand they really tried to.

It sometimes happens some people they don´t understand, but the biggest problem is that they don´t want to understand. So when you find that kind of people, let´s do nothing, just don´t pay attention to them because you can spend your energies for nothing.

 

People who are trying be right all time, who never thought about feeling of the others, who are living more in the lives of other people than their own lives, who want to use you all the time (maybe because they were used by others time ago). That kind of people I call <<Great Dictators>>. Maybe all of us we have a Little Dictator inside us, but not all of us become a Great Dictator. It´s so important the communication among persons, so important the sociability… from time to time, because one reason or other, the devil is winning to the angel of their soul.

 

 

 

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Prelungire termen înscriere Gala pentru Supervoluntari

Posted by on Monday, November 12, 2012 · Leave a Comment 

Ultima șansă de a vă înscrie voluntarii, proiectele, organizația sau prietenii acestora la ediția 2012 a Galei pentru Supervoluntari! O mai puteți face până vineri, 16 noiembrie, ora 16 după care formularele vor deveni inactive. Nu uitați principiile după care ne ghidăm la Gală:

– mai multe nominalizări, mai multe șanse de câștig;

–  Gala este în primul rând o oportunitate de a le mulțumi public voluntarilor și celor care ne-au sprijinit proiectele de voluntariat comunitar în ultimul an;

– Gala este acel moment din an în care ne întâlnim cu prieteni vechi, ne facem prieteni noi, ne încărcăm cu energie pentru anul care urmează și ne lăudăm cu succesele noastre (dacă noi nu facem acest lucru, atunci cine?)

Nominalizează voluntari – click aici!

Succes!

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Dictatorial..

Posted by on Saturday, November 10, 2012 · Leave a Comment 

I was watching a movie about  Dictatorship….Then i decided to write something about it.

Dictatorship..

Dictatorship it means speaker…

You dont have to see something that you dont like..Dont forget you are a dictator, nothing can happen if you dont like..

 

Or we can say someone who can scream like Hitler ?

Well what can we say about Hitler’s sentences now ? In the present there is no sentence from him.

Come on just tell something from Musollini ?  What do you remember anything about his sentences ?

Josef Stalin, Saddam Husein, Francısco Franco and many of them..

What do you remember ? All of them has gone to same way and their destiny was the same.

Hitler coudnt stay more..Musollini..Franco..Saddam.. Noone can stay till the end.

Nobody wants to remember  them..Nobody wants to remember those days… Everybody remembers them with bad memories..

Dictatorship is not only in country.. It’s in family..It’s in the workplace.. it’s in public institutions..

Do you wanna be one of them ?

If a person wants to build a dictatorship..A recommend from me, it’s better if they try to take people’s heart.. With their respect..With their love with their behaviors..

Maybe dictatorship is screaming empty walls ?

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Adi's World

Posted by on Friday, November 9, 2012 · Leave a Comment 

Adi always comes from the school running as a horse. But today it isn’t the same because Adi has a strange face. His thinking draws a question mark and crosses his forefront from the left to the right. Today he is silent, calm and breathes as the princess Rapunzel, waiting into her tower to her blue prince.

Now, Adi is in the kitchen. His head is looking to the floor. He seems to be in a different world, however, he is very tied to the reality.

–          Mummy, what is a Dictatorship? – Asked Adi.

–          What? –  answered his mum.

–          Well, today in class of history we were studying over our past and I didn’t understand very well.

–          What did you misunderstand?

–          I still don’t understand why one man could have such a big power. I don’t understand why only one people can be so blind, without seeing how other suffer.

–          Baby, that’s true. Dictatorships are bad. This kind of system forbides all kind of individual thinking which is against of the official regime. I remember that in this period, communication was difficult.

–          Why?, Adi said.

–          Because a Dictatorship is made by a Government that doesn’t care about opinions from the majority. They use the policy considering that their point of view is the only one correct.

–          But a Government should listen to the people, doesn’t it?  This is the real meaning of a Government.

–          Yes, but Dictatorships executed the power without taking in consideration some aspects of the law. I mean, Dictatorships concentrate all decisions in one hand.

–          Mum but, why Dictatorships existed?

–          Because we are human.

–          And…it means that human are bad?

–          No, baby, don’t let me wrong. Sometimes, when people get the power, don’t know very well how to use it.

–          Ah!…but …if a dictator has the favor of the people, it could be better, doesn’t it?

–          Yes, of course. But in this case is not so easy, because most of the dictators used the force in order to get their objectives.

–          That’s wrong. I feel sad.

–          Adi, could you bring me a bit of salt, please baby?

–          Yes mum – said Adi. And his face expressed a sad gesture.

–          Come on, don’t be sad. I only asked you for a bit of salt…I am not a dictator…

–          Mum, I think that, from now, I am a bit scared about humans.

–          Jajajaja, well, that’s good. You must know that not all people are good, but also not all people are bad. Today, you learnt what it is a Dictatorship. Maybe you feel sad, but wiser. If you ever get any power, you already know that most of the dictators were defeated by their own population.  So, you shouldn’t be a dictator.

–          Are you crazy mum? I will have a lot of friends…. and two girlfriends.

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The Sound of Jazz Music

Posted by on Thursday, November 8, 2012 · Leave a Comment 

 
 
The Backyard Jazz Orchestra consists of a multi cultural team of musicians from Germany, Romania, Albania, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia, Austria and Bulgaria. Last weekend they presented their talents in the Opera of  Brasov.
 
I went there with Mahila and Sercan to enjoy the sound of this lively, strong and happy music. The Opera was pretty crowded. We bought almost the last available tickets and sat down in the comfy red armchairs, leaned back and dived into the tones of a saxophone and two guitars which opened this long evening ( The concert started at 7 pm, consisted of 3 different parts and one 20 min break and finished around 10:45 pm). The music was wonderful, the musicans were happy and motivated. We listened enthusiastically. Finally we also had different opinions about the seconed part: A woman was singing, accompanied by piano and double bass. I liked it very much but it was boring for Mahila. But during the last part, when the whole orchestra began to play we concured that it was great!
 
Check the orchestra out here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLluKs3vtKY
http://www.backyardjazzorchestra.com/index.php/home-en
 
 
 
 
I used a picture from this website: http://www.backyardjazzorchestra.com/index.php/media-de

 

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