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Some Turkish Words

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Some Turkish Words

Hi All,

Well 13 days and I get to experience the lovely Dalyan for the first time.

I like to have a few words in the language of the country I'm visiting and I'm ashamed to say I have no Turkish, could some kind person let me know how to say Hello, Thank You etc maybe spelt in the way you say it.

Ta very much,

Kat xx

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1. Re: Some Turkish Words

Hello - Merhabba. Good morning - guniden. Good evening ee akshamla .Thank you very much - tesh ek kur ederim. Ta - sowl. The bill please - Hessap lutven.

Obviously not spelt right... but a bit like you say it. You can also google translate.

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Hi Katharine,

Chok guzel - clearly not the right spelling lol - means very good, very nice etc. You can say it if you've had a really nice meal.

Serefe - cheers.

Enjoy beautiful Dalyan. 16 days for us.

Janice xxx

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Nassasin- how are you

Iye- good

gunaydin- good morning

merhaba-Hello wenn you are meeting somebody

Gull gull- wenn you are leaving

arkadas- friend

biber- hot peper

dolmates- tomato



I hope that will help you on the way

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Hi Kat, here are some i have written in my dalyan notebook that goes with me everywhere.

Nassilsuniz= How are you

Hayir = No

Evet= Yes

Guniden=Good Morning

Ee-ak-shamlah=Good Afternoon

EE-yer-jeler= Goodnight

Tesh-e-ker-ederim=Thank you very much

Guru-shuruz=See you later

Adiniz-nay=What is you name

Memnum-oldum=Nice to meet you


just a few to get you through, but my two favourites are TA-MAM ! meaning OK and Chok Yasha meaning Bless YOU after someone has sneezed it will bring a smile to the persons face, it did with me ! You can also go to Youtube (learn Turkish) for some more . Sherefe- Cheers. Bamba x

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Edited: 16 June 2013, 12:28
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One that always seems to go down very well is when someone welcomes you to their restaurant/hotel etc by saying 'hosgeldeniz' you reply with 'hos bulduk,' which means something along the lines of 'a welcome found'. The 's' is pronounced as a 'sh'.

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Thanks very much for all your help, I really appreciate it.

I have found an app for my phone also - right I'm off to practice, will be like a local in no time, ha,

Kat x

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The only word my hubby seems to need to know is bira (beer) - not too difficult to remember lol! :-)

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9. Re: Some Turkish Words

"Chapulling" is a brand new word that people should start getting used to:


Turkish, like English, uses a lot of foreign words, especially French ones, but this is a bit the opposite, anglicising a Turkish word.

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10. Re: Some Turkish Words

Turkish is often perceived as a difficult language because at first glance it does not look similar to other European languages. However, it is actually very straightforward. There are no genders or irregular verbs to contend with and there are only 3 tenses.

Pronunciation is also straightforward. Turkish was restructured in Atatürk’s language reform in the 1930’s and the Arabic spelling was replaced by phonetic spellings using the Latin alphabet. Most of the letters are pronounced in a similar way to their English counterparts. Notable exceptions are:

C which is pronounced j as in jam and

J which is pronounced zh as in the French jamais or the s in the middle of pleasure.

There are also some additional letters:

Ç which is pronounced ch as in church

Ğ which is silent and lengthens the preceding vowel

I (ı) undotted I which is pronounced uh. (dotted I is pronounced as in English and the capital also has a dot above it as in İstanbul.)

Ö which is pronounced er as in German (and the German letter ö!)

Ş which is pronounced sh as in sheep and

Ü which is pronounced eu with pursed lips, similar to the French sound u or the German ü

R is always strongly rolled so the word Merhaba (hello) sounds like Mer- ra- ba when the Turks say it although slowed down it is actually Merr- hab- ba

Watch out for the diphthongs:

ey which is pronounced ay as in day and

ay which is pronounced like the English word eye or the igh in light.

Once you have cracked this you should notice quite a few Turkish words that are similar to English and or French, e.g. Kreş (Creche) and şezlong (Chaise Longue/Sunlounger).

British people have a tendency to pronounce the ending “et” as “ay” (as it would be pronounced in French) but in Turkish it is still pronounced “et” exactly as it is written!

Merhaba mer ra ba Hello

Lütfen lewtfen Please

Su su Water

Süt sewt Milk

Çay chigh Tea

Bira beerr-a Beer

Bir beerr One

Iyi ee yee Good

Çok chok Very/ a lot

Çok güzel chok gewzel Very nice/beautiful

Var varr There is/there are

Var mı? varr muh Is there/Are there?

Ne var? ne varr what is there?

Yok yok There isn’t/there aren’t

Değil deal Not

Günaydın Gewn eye dun Good Morning

Iyi Günler ee yee Gewnler r Good Day

Iyi Akşamlar ee yee akshamlarr Good Evening

Iyi Geceler ee yee gejelerr Good Night

Sonra sonr ra Later

Biraz beer raz a little

Uçuz uchuz cheap

Pahalı pa ha luh expensive

Daha da ha more

Küçük kew chewk small

Büyük bew yewk big

Tuvalet Tuvalet Toilet

Tuvalet nerede? Tuvalet ner re de Where is the toilet?

Tuvalet yakınde var mı? Tuvalet yakuhnde varr muh Is there a toilet near here?

Şerefe! sherrehfeh Cheers!

Evet evet Yes

Hayır high uhrr No

A word of caution, Hayır sounds quite abrupt in Turkish and people often use yok (there isn’t) instead! Alternatively you can just say thank-you or thanks (see below), the “no” is then implied, or tut and raise your head slightly which is perfectly polite!

The full form of thank-you is teşekkür ederim ( teh sheh kewrr ederrim) but this is quite a long phrase to get your head round. You can shorten it to teşekkürler (teh sheh kewrr lerr) or even teşekkür (teh sheh kewrr) which both mean thanks. If this is still a struggle try sağol (sow uhl- as in the female pig) or more politely sağolın (sow uh luhn) which also mean thanks.

Tamam, Peki and Tabii all mean OK. Tabii can also be used to mean of course. Tamam is often used to agree a deal so be careful when using it in shopping situations!


Bir Beerr One

Iki Ikki Two

Üç Ewch Three

Dört Dert Four

Beş Besh Five

Altı Altuh Six

Yedi Yedi Seven

Sekiz Sekiz Eight

Dokuz Dokuz Nine

On On Ten

On Bir On Beerr Eleven

On Iki On Ikki Twelve (and so on)

Yirmi Yirmi Twenty

Yirmi Bir Yirmi Beerr Twenty-one (and so on)

Otuz Otuz Thirty

Kirk Kirk Forty

Elli Elli Fifty

Altmış Altmuhsh Sixty

Yetmiş Yetmish Seventy

Seksen Seksen Eighty

Doksan Doksan Ninety

Yüz Yewz One hundred

Yüz Bir Yewz Beerr One hundred and one (and so on)

Iki Yüz Ikki yewz Two hundred

Bin Bin A Thousand

Milyon Milyon A Million


Beyaz bayaz white

Siyah/Kara siyah/kara black

Mavi mavi blue

Pembe pembe pink

Kırmızı kuhrrmuhzuh red

Sarı Sarruh yellow

Yeşil yeshil green

Krem Krem Cream

Bej Bezh Beige

Turkuaz Turkuaz Turquoise

Kahvirengi kahvirengi Brown (coffee coloured!)

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