fisherman turkey

A Fisherman in Karatas

Serahatin talks about his work and life.


earn open up good thing
thing sail (2) globalization
grow close (2) country (2)
worry together competition
peace favorite come out on top
happy treat (2) each other
leisure legumes free time
district of course out to sea






My name is Serahatin Sas. I’m 55. I live in the district of Karatas in Turkey.

What do you do for a Living?

I’m actually a fisherman. But nine years ago, we opened up this fish restaurant. We earn about 3,000 lira a month; that’s about twelve-hundred (1,200) euros.

What does globalization mean to you?

It’s a good thing that countries are growing closer together. I’d like to see more of that.

What worries you?

Here in Turkey there’s more and more competition for jobs, for work. Everyone is trying to come out on top.

If we could all treat each other as brothers, that would be better for everyone.

What makes you happy?

That over 70 million people here in Turkey are still living together in peace.

What’s your favorite food?

Fish of course. Legumes and salad. That’s what we eat most.

How do you spend your leisure time?

In my free time, I take my boat and sail out to sea.

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1. This person lives in Istanbul. True or false? Who is this person? What’s his name? How old is he?

2. Does Serahatin have one or two jobs? What does he do for a living?

3. Does he earn very little, a little, a medium amount, or a lot of money? How much does he earn?

4. Is he positive, negative or in the middle about globalization?

5. Is it easy or difficult to find work? What does he want to see more of?

6. Money and sports cars make him happy. Is this right or wrong?

7. He plays football, listens to music and goes to the disco in his free time. Is this correct or incorrect?

8. Are his favorite foods pizza, shawarma and hamburger? What is his favorite food? His favorite food or dish is . . . . . .

A. My friends and I go fishing. Yes or no?

B. Do you like to eat seafood? Is seafood your favorite food?

C. Are you from Turkey? Do you live in Turkey? Have you ever been to Turkey?

D. Have you met people from Turkey? Who were they?

E. Describe the geography and climate of Turkey.

F. Describe Turkey’s economy. What are its main industries? What does it import and export?

G. Does Turkey have any problems or difficulties? What problems does Turkey have?

H. What is Turkish food like?

I. What are the tourist attractions (cultural, historical, natural) in Turkey?

J. What do you associate with Turkey? What comes to mind when you think of Turkey?


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