Stuart Jay Raj – Mardin Turkey Deir al-Zafaran Monastery – TV Show

From Istanbul, we flew down to the Turkish border city of Mardin. This place was one of the most memorable places for me in Turkey. The weather was amazing – crisp blue winter skies and the whole ambiance of a city that was both modern, but also running on an infrastructure that had been there for 1000’s of years. The general mode of transport within the city is donkey! I tripped up and down the cobbled streets on the mountain-top city and dined on some of the finest food Turkey has to offer… recipes that they dined on over 2000 years ago. The Monastery was a sight to see. As a linguist / polyglot, it was amazing meeting a bunch of people that spoke the same ancient language that was used by Jesus himself. If you’re into languages, culture and pushing your minds to the limit, don’t forget to swing by my language, mind-skills and travel blog – ‘Behind the Curtain’ at http://stujay.blogspot.com … from ancient languages to accelerated learning techniques and deciphering codes, there’s bound to be something in there that tickles your fancy.


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Stuart Jay Raj is a polyglot who specializes in the languages and dialects spoken in South East Asia and China. His talents have allowed him to earn a professional living as a simultaneous interpreter in Thai, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Indonesian, among others, providing language and cultural training for multinational companies in the region and hosting his own TV programme on Thailand's Channel 5. He holds a degree in Cognitive and Applied Linguistics from Griffith University and has become an expert in the field of language acquisition with a strong track record of success. Stuart's background knowledge of Sanskrit, Khmer, Lao and various Chinese dialects and minority languages enables him to present a fascinating and unique perspective on the Thai language which makes everything fall logically into place.