An expat living in Antalya has explained how adopting a pet dog has helped her improve her Turkish.
Writing for Today’s Zaman, Alison Kenny, who moved to Turkey four years ago with her teenage son, said she could not resist bringing a stray dog who appeared in her garden one day into the family unit.
She named the dog Fistik, a term of endearment for children which also means peanut, and called in her father-in-law to help build him a kennel in their back garden.
Ms Kenny regularly takes the dog for a walk in her neighbourhood and it is on these walks that she finds herself brushing up on her Turkish as inquisitive locals ask whether the animal has been spayed and properly trained.
"’Bir sey yapmaz’ (She won’t do anything), we reply. I learnt more Turkish this way than through studying grammar books," she wrote in the paper.
While caring for a pet may be an appealing prospect for those moving to Turkey, Shelter Offshore has reminded potential expats not to neglect their own healthcare needs when moving to the country.
The expat portal insists that healthcare is not exorbitantly expensive in Turkey, although it is still advisable to take out an expat medical insurance policy if you are living there all year.
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