The rhythm of Istanbul

This is the rhythm of Istanbul melted in the city’s vivid colours, flavours and emotions. 🎶  The streets of the city are a living ethnographic museum, which invites us to a multicultural exploring adventure. The video catches the heartbeat of the metropolis, its colours and diversity. Street musicians, having different ethno-religious backgrounds and unknown stories perform on the stage of humanity asking the rushing passers-by to stop for a second and breathe the beauty of life. Let your thoughts and worries go. Free yourself and feel the music. Let the energy of different cultures passed from generation to generation and preserved in the heart of the performers take you to other worlds, other realities, other times. Music speaks the same language, the language of joy and emotion. Turkish, Kurdish, Arabic, Persian and Spanish street musicians give Istanbul a touch of mystery, a unique sense of togetherness, a mosaic made of contrasting pieces embracing each other. A noisy peace, where everyone shouts, sings or whispers and celebrate his/hers identity. Istanbul stands as the unofficial capital of Turkey (and why not of Eurasia) ~ a testimony of the past, a sample of the present and a metaphor of multiculturalism.

Let your heart be stolen by this wonderful city. Escape today. Enjoy the magic. ✨

Special thanks to my special friend for creating this special video for Turkish Delight Bazaar (originally created for the Facebook page, however, I decided to share it on the blog as well).


Imaginary journey to real Istanbul

Sunday day-dreaming. Dreaming of Istanbul. People, places and great music!

Istanbul the City of Millions, by The Film Artist



1. Start with the beginning: Pronunciation

The Turkish Alphabet (Alfabe) has 29 letters (harf). Let’s learn their pronunciation!

8 vowels (ünlüler):
a– as `aa` in bazaar
e– as `e` in ten
ı– as `a`(first) in again, similar to Romanian `â`
i– as `i` in Turkish
o– as `o`in over
ö– as `u` in turn, similar to Hungarian and German `ö`
u– as `o`in who
ü– as `ue`in value, similar to Hungarian and German `ü`

21 consonants (ünsüzler):
b– as `b` in boy
c– as `j` in joke
ç– as `ch` in church
d– as `d` in dance
f– as `f` in face
g– as `g` in give
ğ– soft G- lenghtens the preceding vowel. ex. dağ (mountain) is pronounced daa
h– as `h` in hobby
j– as `s`in casual, similar to Romanian `j`
k– as `c` in cake
l– as `l` in learn
m– as `m` in moon
n– as `n` in name
p– as `p` in picture
r– as `r` in red
s– as `s` in summer
ş– as `sh`in shape
t- as `t` in travel
v– as `v` in village
y– as `y` in you
z– as `z` in zone

If you still have doubts about pronunciation check the following video (Turkish Alphabet for children):