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How Do You Decide to Buy a Book?

Today one of my friends asked me how I generally bought a new book. At first it sounded weird to me. Generally, I just walk into a bookshop, check the recent books, have a look at the best sellers around the world, try to find the books that my friends recommend and go to main literature section. Since I took lessons about literature in university, many American or British writers are quite familiar to me. If I want to try something new, I read the back cover or sometimes just the cover is enough. 🙂 This is me, buying a book.

Then I remembered this interesting article below which is about a 6 year old girl guessing the plot of the books by its cover. 🙂 Maybe it was a good way to judge a book like a few years ago; however, the covers may be confusing these days… Anyway, let’s see how this little girl did! 🙂


“I think it’s a book about a haunted theme park and it stars a magical magic guy and he’s good and evil and he’s trying to get rid of the ghosts. And I think at the end, since it’s haunted by a ghost, he tried to make the park go on fire and it did.”




“This is about a girl that goes mining. I don’t know why, but she looks like she would go mining, mining for gold.”




“It’s about a person who is a robot, a very colorful robot. He’s pretty fancy for a robot.”




“It looks weird. I think this must be a book about a tree. I would not read a book about just a tree. And it looks like it’s a sad tree too since it has no friends.”


Well, sometimes it’s better not to judge the books by its cover! 🙂


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When Your Tongue Slips… :)

Today, I want to give an example of a so-called “slip of the tongue”. But get ready! It is a very funny story.

Do you know anything about the Ottoman Empire? Well, okay it was one of the biggest empires of the world until WWI (after WWI, it is Turkey). However, the situation was not like that when we go back to the 16th century. There was a “Sultan” called Suleiman, the Magnificent. He is quite famous for his laws and bureaucracy.

A few years ago, the wife of one of the Turkish presidents visited the UK on the occasion of an exhibition about Suleiman. She gave a speech in front of many important people including Lady Diana and she did not use an interpreter. While everything was going well, her tongue kind of slipped and she said “Suleiman, the love maker” instead of “Suleiman, the law maker”.

It was reported that Lady Diana could not help herself laughing! Yeah, well… I guess this is one of the top examples that any Turkish citizen can recall when it comes to the slip of the tongue!

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How to Deal With Criticism

It was one of my first days at the university (department of translation and interpreting studies) and the name of the course was “Turkish for Translators”. One of my friends asked the teacher about barrowing new words from other languages. My friend supported the idea of barrowing new grammar structures and words from other languages; however, my professor got furious and told my friend “You cannot be a translator ever!” She was quite intimidated as a freshman. Everybody can have a different attitude towards languages and nobody can be judged because of their preferences about using the language. One can support borrowing new words, others can insist on using only native words or structures. We live in such a globalized world that a TV series from US can be more popular in Turkey than US 🙂 It seems impossible not to interact and borrow cultural and linguistic elements from one another.

When it comes to translation and different ideas, I came across the article of Marissa Sayno who gives advices about dealing with criticism. I’m quoting the parts that I like most. You can always click on the link at the bottom to read the whole text.

“Aristotle once said that to avoid criticism, you must say nothing, do nothing and be nothing… and yet, people will still judge you no matter what.  Still, there are times when you feel that you’re unreasonably criticized; your confidence level plunging down to zero and beyond.  Freelancers in the creative field know well the sting of criticism – from those who don’t like their work to those who think you’re simply bad.  In fact, it doesn’t really matter whatever your job is as you will always have to face the positive and negative aspects of life.  To be criticized is an inevitability.  Do you keep your defenses up or do you take it too subjectively?

Understanding the Concept Behind Criticism and How You Can Cope

Negative criticism is a hard pill to swallow and the toughest part is to handle the situation with dignity.  There are those who will criticize your work to make you feel bad about your efforts and there are those who are simply making suggestions, out of frustration.

Think Before You Speak

You can deflect criticisms, minus becoming too defensive.

Ignoring Can Be the Best Option, Sometimes

When your online reputation is on the hot seat, you simply can’t ignore the power of criticism which can have good or bad effects on your freelance career.

Having a High Level of Self-Awareness Works All the Time

To err is human and by accepting your mistakes and welcoming useful, constructive criticism.. you can improve yourself as a freelancer.

Know the Difference

There’s surely a difference between a criticism and an encouragement.

Break the Ice

This time, we’re talking about the iceberg that you’ve built around yourself.

Build Your Pick-Me-Up Moment

Criticisms can make you feel down and out that you need to build a positive vibe around you.  Get yourself a support buddy.

Summon Your Wit and Hold Fast

I know it’s tough, but if you can keep your emotions at bay and focus on the tangible lessons you can take to improve your skills, that’s good enough.

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