With only ten days until we leave for Turkey, it is the time to immerse ourselves in the essential vocabulary we will need to blend in with our Eurasian hosts. Yesterday after school we had our first (of one) 45 minute Survival Turkish class, with Altay leading eight of us through a four page handout of phonemes and blends. I of course was studious and attentive, while Deanna sat in the back sniggering at the words that sound funny in English (vok, dus, pu, pi to name a few). At this point the best we can hope for is that Altay not leave our sides or that we continually happen upon Constantinopleans well-versed in the art of charades.

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