Famous Americans of Turkish Descent

  • Yalçın Ayaslı - Philanthropist, founder of Hittite Microwave
  • Ahmet Ertegün - founder and president of Atlantic Records
  • Muhtar Kent - CEO of Coca-Cola Company
  • Mehmet Okur - NBA player
  • Mehmet Öz - Cardiologist, “America’s Doctor”
  • Kenan Şahin - founder of Kenan Systems, VP of Bell Labs
  • Hamdi Ulukaya - founder and CEO of Chobani

Learn these everyday phrases!

  • Welcome: Hoş geldiniz
  • Hello (general greeting): Merhaba
  • What’s your name?: Adınız ne?
  • My name is ___ : Benim adım ___
  • How are you?: Nasılsınız?
  • I am well: Ben İyiyim
  • Morning greeting: Günaydın
  • Afternoon greeting: İyi günler
  • Evening greeting: İyi akşamlar
  • Night time greeting: İyi geceler
  • Goodbye: Hoşça kal

Why Learn A World Language?

  • In the increasingly globalized world, the knowledge of a world language becomes an indispensable skill important not only for individual enrichment, but also for the broadening employment opportunities.

  • According to a study from the University of Chicago, knowledge of a world language helps you boost decision-making skills.

  • Students who study world languages score higher on standardized tests, as a study from York University in Toronto showed. Students who study a world language for at least one year score an average of 38 points higher on the SATs.

  • Knowledge of a world language increases your chances of landing a good job, as the recent poll of The Economist showed. An MIT study shows that people who know two or more languages earn an average of $128,000 more over their lifetimes.

  • Learning a second language has compelling health benefits, as suggested by a study from York University in Toronto that connects prevention of the onset of dementia with foreign language learning.