This post includes some notes and explanations for Episode 11. We tried to cover the areas we thought might be confusing for our non-Turkish viewers.
### IMPORTANT ### Don't continue reading if you haven't watched Episode 11 yet, since this post might include spoilers.
(Episode 11: Part 1 & Part 2)
Lokma is the Turkish name for a syrupy, fried, cake-like dessert.
Its taste is similar to tulumba, which our Greek friends might know as touloumba.
The word "lokma" also means "a bite of food" or "a morsel". In Episode 11, Ebe Nine actually makes an unintended pun when she criticizes Mukkades about counting Fatmagul's "lokmas".
You & He/She/It
The Turkish languages uses only one third-person pronoun to mean he, she, and it. This pronoun is o.
When we want to say "he went", we say "o gitti". "O gitti" can also mean "she went" and "it went".
Turkish also uses two second-person pronouns to mean you. They are sen and siz.
Sen is the singular second-person pronoun. Siz is the plural second-person pronoun. Siz is used to address more than one person or in formal settings.
There is no such thing as college in Turkey. There are only universities, each with different programs for undergraduate, graduate, master's and doctorate students.
In order to qualify to study in the program of your choice, you must take the national university entrance exam, along with 1-2 million other students in Turkey. Departments at each university select students based on their results.
An Open University or Open University Faculty is a university program where students don't have to attend classes but are must must pass certain exams (including midterms and finals) to pass the class.
Kerim graduated from the Business Administration Department of an Open University Faculty. According to Ebe Nine, Kerim took the university entrance exam before serving his military duty. His results qualified him for an Open University, which he finished once returning from his military service.
Ebe Nine's Education
Ebe Nine wanted to be a pharmacist when she was young. After high school, she took the university entrance exam on two separate occasions but didn't score well enough to attend a university with a pharmacy department. Her mother's health problems prevented her from taking the exam again.
I hope this cleared up some things from Episode 11! If you have any other questions, feel free to leave them in the comments.