The Ekin-Su effect: Love Island winner with Preston past causes searches for 'learn Turkish' to soar unprecedentedly

The success of UCLan graduate and former Preston resident Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu on ITV2’s Love Island seems to have inspired the nation to broaden their horizons.

Analysis of Google search data has revealed that the number of people searching online to learn the Turkish or Italian languages have exploded ever since Turkish actress Ekin-Su won the dating show with Italian partner Davide Sanclimenti.

According to Dictionarypedia, searches for ‘learn Turkish’ rose overnight by 621% and‘ learn Italian’ by 855% respectively in the United Kingdom as of August 1, the first day of Istanbul born Ekin-Su, and Rome born Davide’s Love Island reign.

With searches for Turkish soring by six times the average and Italian eight times the everage volume in just one day, the Google Trends analysis reveals an unprecedented increase in Brits looking to sign up to learn these languages.

UCLan graudate and Turkish born Love Island star Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu is inspiring people to learn her native language.

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The data also reveals that searches for ‘visit Italy’ exploded 495% overnight and searches for 'visit Turkey' rose 374%.

A spokesperson from Dictionarypedia commented on the findings: “In the past couple of months the British public have been tuning in every night to watch Ekin-Su and Davide become a couple whilst in the Love Island villa.

“Throughout the series, both bombshells have spoken about their heritage and love for Turkey and Italy, referring to themselves as an 'Italian stallion' and 'Turkish delight'. We have seen the couple teach each other about various aspects of Italian and Turkish culture and food, with their confession of love being spoken in Italian. This has clearly had an impact on audiences, with the findings showing that every time Love Island has aired in the last week, interest in learning the Italian and Turkish languages, have risen dramatically.”

The popularity of Ekin-Su and Davide has proven undoubtfully high across the country, with ITV revealing that they won Monday night’s show with 63.7% of the vote.

Runners-up Gemma Owen and Luca Bish claimed 14.5%, followed by Indiyah Polack and Dami Hope with 11.8%, and Tasha Ghouri and Andrew Le Page with 10.1%.

Although the reality star and actress hails from Turkey, Ekin-Su’s career began right here in Preston, where she studied an acting degree at the University of Central Lancashire.

Find out more about Ekin’s Preston past here.