“Let me tell you the secret to learning any language,” he told me. “Date a local. I learned many languages that way.”
There was the time when students laughed at me for wearing a head-wrap to class, and one teacher approached me and asked if I was wearing a Thai skirt on my head.
To understand what is happening in Turkey, first you need to understand Taksim Gezi Square -- or, as it is has become known on Twitter, #OccupyGezi.