Shadi's view of life in Turkey took a turn after he started speaking the language. Whereas he used to prefer staying home, because he could not communicate with others; he now tells Rozana "My view of Turkey is quite different. work, study, and integration into society have become much easier."
"It is necessary to learn the language of the country in which you live," a Syrian living in Istanbul tells Rosna. He adds: "I cannot ask Turks to learn my language while I live in their country. Communicating with one's surrounding community is inevitable."
Learning the Turkish language opens the doors to Syrians in several areas. Most Turkish universities require mastery of the turkish language as an admission condition. Finding a job also becomes easier, with better terms, once mastery of the language has been achieved.
Saeed, an Istanbul resident, says: "We maintain the idea of one day returning to Syria which, in and of itself is a positive thought to have. However, it also is somewhat of a 'cop-out,' a very negative argument to justify failure to learn the Turkish language. This is especially evidenced in the many problems between Syrians and Turks, caused by the lack of a common language to communicate."
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