Blue Babel Language School

Babel Language School

About

Babel Language School is a boutique school, based in Antalya city centre on the Mediterranean Coast in Turkey, leaders in Turkish language courses, summer Turkish, academic Turkish, survival Turkish, online Turkish class and TEFL/TESOL teacher training courses.

We offer international language translation, translation, interpretation, certified translation, turkish translation, turkish translator, turkish interpreter, education consulting, expat consulting services

Antalya is also a great holiday destination and it is sunny around 300 days!

Founded
2008
Headquarters

No: 42 Floor: 4 Apartment 26
07040 Antalaya/Antalya
Turkey

Reviews

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Phil
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

We had talked about it for months whilst looking for a good Turkish language course in south London where we live. Three of us took the plunge and booked a week's study course at Babel in Antalya. We had little information about the College beforehand but our decision was a good one.
The college is in a great location in the centre of Antalya with views over the sea from the terrace where we took breaks from classes.
The teachers were well organised, friendly but clear about our learning goals as a group and individually. The materials we had access to were varied and helpful as were the teaching techniques. The reasonable fee included a range of digital material which will help to continue learning now the course has finished.
Overall a very enjoyable experience in a friendly college and one we look forward to repeating again very soon. Thank you Babel.

What would you improve about this program?
More time spent on learning Turkish instructions commonly used in written exams.
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MattKal
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

What a great experience! The school is new and clean, and located in the middle of the city center, right near the old town and tram stops. The view from the terrace is amazing!

The program is challenging but the teachers are patient and very helpful. Turkish is not an easy language for a native english speaker to learn, but they do their best to make both the language and culture accessible and understandable. The course material is very good and is a mix of different sources and includes A/V. You'll get a chance to practice with native speakers every day without leaving the classroom.

Another good thing - the school is located right across the street from a major bus stop (and tram stop) and you can grab the bus to any beach or shopping center within minutes. The location is in the heart of the city - you will not have to go far for anything you need.

The host family I stayed with was living conveniently close to the school so I could walk their every day. The rooms at the school and my host families home are all air conditioned, which you will definitely appreciate during the summer months!

Antalya is a great place to study the Turkish language and culture. I can't recommend this experience highly enough, you won't regret it!

Programs

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Sennem

Sennem is a 52 year old lady from Denmark. Currently, she is between jobs and is using this period to prepare for a new life in Turkey.

Highlights: Well let me start with the academic part. I didn’t want to come to Turkey. I used to speak Spanishb quiet well, so I wanted to go with Erasmus to Valencia to one of our partner institution. Now I say luckily I didn’t get it, as the school couldn’t take more people from my school. My parents and my Turkish friends convinced me to come to Turkey, but I was still really career-centered. I really wanted to go to Western-Europe. I wrote an e-mail to my coordinator, that I want to go to Belgium, to the heart of the European Union. I almost sent the message, but in the last second I changed “Antwerp" to “Antalya". It’s funny because it was in 2011 and I’m still here, although I was against it at the beginning. I got some news about this EILC language course, so I bought the flight ticket to Antalya, and after a one-week holiday, my Turkish book was in front of me.

Morning: I was really happy when I learned that here in Turkey, people start working/studying at 8:30, because in my country, unfortunately, we normally start at 7:30 or 8:00. However, the other thing that I didn’t really like was the extremely high temperature (35 °C) starting already in the morning. So every time when I took that 800 meters trip to my language faculty in the mornings, I felt like I was in hell. When the lesson started, the teacher switched on the AC so in 3 days I got ill. Later in fall, when I got used to the local climate and it was not that hot anymore, everything was fine. I really loved studying in this university because I loved the atmosphere and that fact that I could hang out with other foreign people was just fantastic.

Afternoon: Turkey is one of the most relaxing countries that I've ever seen in this Southern area. If you come to Turkey, forget such words like “rush, being on time, precision, being nervous”. That was not easy for me at the begining at all! Wherever I wanted to go I had to face Turkish slowness and unpredictability. There are no bus schedules or bus numbers at the bus stops. I really needed to get used to this, and honestly I hated it at the beginning since I couldn’t plan my afternoons. I was just standing at these bus stops, seeing that there were hundreds of tiny buses (dolmuş buses) with crazy, totally illogical numbers going everywhere: to the right, to the left.

Evening: As I said, in Turkey there’s no such thing as time. No one is worrying, so I usually killed time with my friends outside on my balcony, drinking beer, discussing cultural differences, Turkish language, etc. That’s what I really like in Turkey--that everyone is so easy-going. If you just call your friend, and say "Hey, wanna drink some beer, coffee, or tea?” , they are in your flat in 15 minutes. In Hungary or in any other European countries, they would say “Yeah mate, but... I’m kinda busy right now, how about next Friday, I think I can make it then”. Well, not in Turkey. Here, people are extremely warm-hearted, helpful, and talkative. You can make incredibly awesome friendships, because in this country, this word still has way much more meaning than in the Western- World. Chill out, enjoy, discover. It’s Erasmus, you’re European, they are interested in you, you are interested in their culture, no rush, just fun, and plenty of nice people from everywhere. I think that’s what evening means here.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Mehtap Gayda

Job Title
Founder & Program Director
Interview with Mehtap Gayda - Babelgrup

What position do you hold at Babelgrup? What has been your career path so far?

Mehtap: Hello, my name is Mehtap Gayda and I am the founder and director of Babelgrup. I have BA in English Language and Literature and MA in Teaching. After school I have stayed in the US for a year and visited places and learned a lot. I have been working as a teacher, translator & interpreter and education consultant since 2005. I started Babelgrup in 2008. We offer language courses, translation and consulting services in Antalya, Turkey. Since then we focus on providing quality services for our students and clients. Our building is located in the heart of Antalya with a fabulous mountain and sea view.

Did YOU study abroad? If so, where did you go and what inspired you to go?!

Mehtap: Yes. After university I went to Oregon USA for a conference at Oregon University. I wanted to study at the University of Massachusetts then I decided to turn back to Turkey. After I got married, I went to France to learn French.

Studying abroad is ‘awesome’, you learn to be an individual and respect life, people, cultures and have colourful perspectives. It makes you to live & think outside the box. Travelling is and will always be my passion. You surrender yourself to a country and its people and enjoy the experience. The world is full of adventures for you to see and experience!

What does the future hold for Babel - any new programs to share?

Mehtap: We would like to have more programs and new students from all over the world to experience and share knowledge & travelling with us. We will add some more language courses for our students. We are planning to be in different places as Babel school wants to be in many locations such as İstanbul, İzmir, Ankara, Bursa and Adana that are the big cities in Turkey. We will continue to help people as much as we can and provide equal opportunities. We know that ‘Knowledge is power’ therefore Babel school wants to be there for those who need to access knowledge. To sum up, we will always try to do the best for our students.

New programs? We are planning to have Turkish Language & Turkish Cuisine and Turkish language & Turkish Literature courses this year.

What about the future of the industry? How do you think study abroad and international education will change over the next 10 years?

Mehtap: We are always optimist about the future of the industry. Study abroad programs and international education will improve the men and women of the world in terms of politics, education strategies and peace in the world. These study abroad programs are chances to see ‘the others’ and experience different life styles, cultures, traditions…

In the future, the changes in the international education will certainly affect all institutions whether it is a state school and/or university, private school and/or university or language school. International education will be more sensitive and sensible for people. We should find a way to combine ethics, scientific knowledge & metaphysics, conscious and cultural & gender awareness in education. Thanks to the technology, we can provide online lessons, in the past this was impossible. I think, people will still travel abroad by using advancements.