Türkçe, or modern Turkish, has its roots in Central Asia, in 400 AD, and has been shaped by centuries of cosmopolitan culture, cross-continental empire, war, religious devotion, secularism, and modernization, making for a language as fascinating and beautiful as it is challenging. Julia Tillinghast-Akalin lived in Istanbul on-and-off for about five years and completed formal and informal training in the Turkish language. She translates Turkish poetry and has a passion for the language. She offers lessons in basic and beginning Turkish for travelers and others wishing to begin their exploration of this musical tongue. Feel free to email with any questions or for more information. Rates: In Portland-$30/hr, $50/2 hours. Online-$25/hour.