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I have elementary level Turkish. I learned it after I moved here. I am planning to improve and hope to have basic fluency in another year.
It was not too bad.
I think I went rather quickly to the cultural adjustment stage. But I can still experience the negative stages when things occasionally go wrong!
I do feel homesickness occasionally but not often.
Turkish people are very hospitable and really love and value children. I also like not being isolated in my car and being out walking and mixing with people every day. I also love seeing the history of Istanbul everyday; I've been here almost two years and haven't tired of it yet.
Getting used to the challenges of walking everywhere and dealing with traffic--pedestrians do not have the right of way here. It's also been difficult to deal with my children's schooling (I have two boys aged 11 and 8).
I told my students in class one day that I was afraid of something, but I actually said that I "smelled bad"--the words are similar in Turkish!
Just expect a few problems but keep an open mind and be willing to try new foods and take on new customs. The benefits will be well worth it!