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Antakya 8032.jpg
20-MAR-2004

Antakya 8032.jpg

Another street scene: people write religious texts of welcome and blessing on their front doors. See the comment below for a further explanation. Antakya is a city where many people speak Arab, not all of them manage to write it, since only Turkish writing and language are taught. However, this may change, a sense of the value of cultural diversity is on the increase in Turkey. I hope diversity will not lead to division but will enrich daily life.

In Antakya you may find yourself sitting in a bus, everybody speaking Arabic. All of a sudden someone shouts "Inešek var" (There's someone who wants to step off), the bus will stop, some conversation in Turkish, then on we go, in Arabic. Nice.

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Dick Osseman11-Jul-2006 18:39
I contributed to an article in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung last year in which precisely that problem was treated. So I am aware of it, and not the only one.
Guest 11-Jul-2006 13:59
"only Turkish writing and language are taught" in (most) schools. Since this is the official language. However, there are private cources that you can attend to learn a foreign language including Arabic. Antakya is a city where hundred thousands of arab is living. But nearly there is no Arab who knows reading and writing in Arabic.