I will admit that it was a stumbling attempt at best. I have no reason to be so inordinately pleased with myself, but I am. I just bought a pair of reading glasses. In Turkish.
Okay…in fumbling, awkward and mostly incorrect Turkish – with a little help from Google Translate on the optician’s computer. The thing is that I managed to communicate my needs and indicate my preferences and I did it myself.
I’m not so sure my language skills are so much better than last year, but I feel I’ve leapt a hurdle somewhere. I’m actually using my meagre resources. What’s more, I learn each time. I still can’t understand most of what the cook is saying to me and poor Sila, my patient little village friend, still shakes her head at my incomprehension whenever she asks a question. I’m trying.
And – I bought a pair of glasses today – in Turkish!