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Istanbul not Constantinople, Benny’s music video in Turkish

| 14 comments | Category: particular languages, travel, video

My time in Istanbul is officially over – for the next two weeks I’ll be with my family in Ireland before hitting the road again. (To find out where I’m going and clues of what the next language will be, see Facebook and Google+)

But to wrap up my time in Istanbul, I’d like to share this video I made!

I took the famous song, which was in my head all summer; Istanbul not Constantinople (originally sung by The Four Lads, but also known by the more modern They Might Be Giants take on it), translated it to Turkish and sang it myself! The lyrics are more or less the same, based on the latter version so no subtitles are required ;)

Here it is!

You’ve heard me sing in French, Spanish, German and Tagalog, and by now you’ll have figured out that not having the most beautiful singing voice in the world is definitely not going to stop me from doing it anyway ;) In fact, since this song was harder to sing than normal, I think I did a pretty bad job at singing and you may want to press mute after a few seconds, or at least laugh at how badly I do it :-P

Rest assured that I make up for it with decent video editing skills and funny and very Turkish scenes!

Two great friends in Istanbul, Timur & Burcu (dancing in a scene together near the end) joined me to film some experiences and places that makes Istanbul stand out for visitors. Once you ignore my clumsy Turkish and bad singing, it’s actually a pretty cool video.

I hope you enjoy it :) If you do, please share the video link! Click here to copy to your clipboard for pasting into Facebook (Facebook will open automatically and you just have to right-click and paste into your status update ;) ), and go directly to Youtube to click the thumbs up or to leave a comment! I’d really appreciate it! Otherwise, comments welcome below as always!

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  • Leigh Millward

    Beautiful voice, very entertaining!
    Have a good rest in Ireland :)

    • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny Lewis

      Thanks for lying! ;)

  • Leigh Millward

    Beautiful voice, very entertaining!
    Have a good rest in Ireland :)

  • Leigh Millward

    Beautiful voice, very entertaining!
    Have a good rest in Ireland :)

  • http://www.janafadness.com Jana Fadness

    Istanbul looks absolutely beautiful! And the video is very funny. =) Are you going to do a post sharing your thoughts about the people/culture there?

    • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny Lewis

      Since I only really interacted with them for about 2 weeks, when I was in more or less better health, I wouldn’t have anything deep to say other than the fact that they are very nice. No cultural summary this time, sorry!

  • http://fluent-language.blogspot.com Miss Language Learning

    Congrats on the video!
     It’s very funny. You sing way better than me anyway. I love the little skits you did!

    • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny Lewis

      Thanks but PLEASE use a real name in future… your current one comes across as very spammy.

  • http://fluent-language.blogspot.com Miss Language Learning

    Congrats on the video!
     It’s very funny. You sing way better than me anyway. I love the little skits you did!

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny Lewis

    Thanks! :) That guy was pretty funny – we were going to do that scene on Istiklal street, but saw him while walking around somewhere else and thought he looks like he’d be more fun – he was laughing all the time so it worked out great :D

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny Lewis

    Best of luck!

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny Lewis

    The melody is actually based on “Putting on the Ritz”. I listened to that song and it sounds absolutely nothing like it!!

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny Lewis

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muphry's_law
    Your correction requires several corrections.

  • sezersezen5859

    kelimelerin çoğunu anlamadım ama iyi şarkıydı :)