Blue Babel Language School

Babel Language School


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!


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


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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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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!


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Alumni Interviews

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

Sama Al-Obaidy

Sama is 25 year-old from Montreal, Canada and visited Babel in August, 2012. She did her Bachelors in Accounting in Concordia University, Montreal, and worked as an accountant in an educational travel company for close to 5 years. Today, she is completing her masters in Boston University in Computer Information Systems. She loves trying new things, hence her love for traveling. She loves good company (and of course good food always helps).
Babel Turkey teachers on the coast

Why did you decide to teach abroad with Babel Language School?

Sama: They were the only association that accommodated a short stay (less than a month) and had good reviews. They answered all our questions promptly and sent over full documentation as well as photos of the homestay family.

Describe your typical day.

Sama: We would get up and have breakfast with our homestay family. Depending on our schedule, we would normally head over to the school together; either via subway or by walking if we have some extra time. We would get there early to prepare class material for the day and wait for the students to greet them before our morning classes begin. In the afternoon, we would have lunch at school and take a break. The kids would then return for the afternoon classes!

Our evenings were our free time to discover Antalya. We would go out an discover the (beautiful) city. The school was located in the center of the city so you had access to pretty much everything you want: the beach, the market, the mosques, the restaurants, etc. We even enjoyed diner at some point with a student from abroad that came to learn Turkish at Babel while doing her residency in Antalya.

Babel Turkey teacher in the classroom

What made this experience unique and special?

Sama: They provided a 4-hour Turkish course which helped interact with the children, and even helped with the rest of our stay in Turkey (and hopefully when we return!) They were very welcoming and it was almost a culture, history and geography lesson all at once. What more can you ask for?

How has this experience impacted your future?

Sama: This was actually my first real teaching experience – and if anything, this taught me the importance of listening in communication. I didn’t speak Turkish, and many of the children didn’t speak English. But we made it work, and managed to understand each other!

What was a highlight of your trip?

Sama: We asked to visit an orphanage or elderly home so we can do a bit of volunteering during our stay. They made it happen despite it being difficult as there is some security screening necessary. We visited the orphanage and to be able to play with the children, teach them some songs, listen to their own performances; that was a beautiful experience. It was difficult to experience, yet to see how well they are treated, and how amazing their teachers and environment are, was refreshing!

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Staff Interviews

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

Mehtap Gayda

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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.