It is always sad to loose a friend, but especially one with whom one has experienced the ups and downs of life and work.
I have just heard that a fellow teacher/trainer I had worked with in Turkey, both in Istanbul and Ankara has passed away.
Saadet Kimyon, was a girl who had a smile, no matter what the experience she was going through, she always worked to her full potential, offering her participants she was teaching English to, only the best.
It is Saadet I mention in my courses, who had worked in England, near Oxford, for many years, only speaking and teaching in English.
It was when she returned to Turkey with her partner to live and work, that she found that though a native Turkish speaker, her ability to speak in her own tongue, was reduced.
It was through Saadet’s experience of memory usage, and relaying this to my participants in my metaphors, that we can understand that you must “use it, or loose it“.
But, I have said that whatever you have learned in the past, that memory or learning can be accessed and used again. It may take effort.
So it was with Saadet, she soon spoke Turkish as a native.
Saadet, may you rest in peace.