Useful Turkish language tips

 

Turkish isn’t an easy language to learn, but it's worth picking up a few words and phrases to amuse yourself and to astonish and delight Turks!

This may even come in handy when you are bargaining for your Turkish property. Although our Turkey Property consultants helping you with your Turkish property dealings will help you with negotiations with developers and furniture stores, it does not hurt to pretend that you understand what's going on!

Despite oddities such as the silent 'g' and undotted i, Turkish is phonetic and simple to pronounce. In a few minutes you can get the hang of the sounds, and then you're ready to start talking. Most letters are said just as they're written: but here's a list of the tricky ones:

A,a short, as in 'ant'. E,e short as in 'bell'. I,i as 'ee' in 'bee'. I,i 'uh' like the 'e' in 'open'. Ö,ö as German 'ö', or 'fur'. U,u short as 'oo' in 'moon'. Ü,ü same as German 'ü', or 'pew'. C,c is a 'j', as jam. Ç,ç 'ch' is in 'chin'.G,g always hard, as in 'get'. G,g: not pronounced, lengthens preceding vowel, ignore it! H,h always pronounced, as in 'hat'. J,j as in French 'j', or 'rouge'. S,s always 'ss', never 'z'. S,s 'sh' as in 'ship'. X,x not used, Turks use 'ks' instead.

Meeting People

Hello: Merhaba
Good morning: Günaydin
Good evening: Iyi aksamlar
How are you?: Nasilsiniz?
Very well: Çok iyiyim

Useful Words

Yes: Evet
No: Hayir
Please: Lütfen
Thank you: Tesekkür ederim
Excuse me: Pardon
What? Ne? Nasil?
How much?: Ne kadar?
Who?: Kim?
When?: Ne zaman?
What time is it?: Saat kaç?
Friend: Arkadas
Big/Small: Büyük/Küçük
Hot/Cold: Sicak/Soguk
Left/Right: Sol/Sag
Near/Far: Yakin/Uzak
Early/Late: Erken/Geç
Good/Bad: Iyi/Kötü
Beautiful: Güzel
Street: Sokak/Cadde
I don't understand: Anlamiyorum
I don't know: Bilmiyorum
Sun/Sea: Günes/Deniz
Water: Su

Transport

Where is the...?: ... nerede?
... bus station?: Otogar ...?
... airport?: Hava alani ...?
I want a map: Bir harita istiyorum.
turn left/right here: Buradan sola/saga dönün
Please stop!: Lütfen durun
We're in a hurry: Acelemiz var
Please drive more carefully: Lütfen daha dikkatli sürünüz.
I want to get off (minbus): inecek var
I want a ticket to Izmir: Izmir'e bir bilet istiyorum
When does it leave? Ne zaman kalkiyor?
This is my seat: Burasi benim yerim.
I want to hire a car...: Araba kiralamak istiyorum
... for 4 days : . dört gün için
Driving license: Ehliyet
There's a flat tire: Patlak lastik var.
Jack: Kriko
A full tank please: Tam depo lütfen
Lead free petrol: Kursunsuz benzin
We're lost: Kaybolduk
Our car has broken down : Arabamiz bozuldu

Shopping

Do you take credit cards? Kredi karti kabul ediyor musunuz?
I'm just looking: Yalniz bakiyorum.
That's too expensive: Çok pahali
What's your best price? Son fiyatiniz ne?
Can I try this on? Bunu deneyebilirmiyim?
A larger/smaller size: Daha bü yük/küçük beden
It really suits you: Size çok yakisiyor
We'll come back tomorrow: Yarin yine gelecegiz

At the Hotel

I want ...: ... istiyorum
... a double room : Iki kisilik oda
... a quite room: Sessiz bir oda
... soap/shampoo : sabun/sampuan ...
... to change the room: odami degistirmek...
... toilet paper: Tuvalet kagidi...
... clean towels: Temiz havlu ...
The toilet is blocked: Tuvalet tikali
Please wake us at 6 am: Lütfen bizi altida uyandirin

Eating Out

Bon apettit: Afiyet olsun
Rare/medium (steak) : Az/orta pismis
Chears!: Serefe!
White wine : Beyaz sarap
Red wine : Kirmizi sarap
Dry/sweet: sek/dömisek
2 more bottles,please: Iki sise daha, lütfen
Ice cold bear: Buz gibi bira
Soft drink: Alkolsüz içki
Table for four: Dört kisilik masa
Hot(spicy): Aci
Meatballs: Köfte
Mixed salad: Karisik salata
Without oil: Zeytinyagsiz
Barbecue: Mangal
Typical Turkish cuisine: Tipik Türk Mutfagi
Fruit: Meyve
Unsweetened/medium/sweet (Turkish Coffee): Sade/orta/sekerli
Compliments to the chef: Asçiya tebrikler

New Friends

What's your name? Adiniz ne?
My name is...: Benim adim...
Where are you from? Nerelisiniz?
From London/?stanbul: Londraliyim/Istanbulluyum
Are you alone? Yalniz misiniz?
Are you married? Evli misiniz?
Where's your hotel? Oteliniz nerede?
In town: Sehir merkezinde
What kind of music do you like? Ne tür müzik seversiniz?
What do you like doing? Nelerden hoslanirsiniz?
Pleased to meet you: Memnun oldum
Would you like an icecream? Dondurma ister misiniz?
No thanks : Sagolun
Let's go and swim: Yüzelim mi?
You go, I don't want to: Siz gidin, ben istemiyorum.
Seriously?: Ciddimisin?
Where do you work?: Nerede çalisiyorsunuz?
I'm a student: Ögrenciyim
What are you studying? Ne okuyorsun?
Business studies/French : Isletme / Fransizca
I work in a bank : Bankacilik yapiyorum
In an advertising agency: Reklam ajansinda çalisiyorum
Do you make good money? Iyi para kazaniyormusun?
What's it to you? Sana ne?
What kind of car do you have? Nasil bir arabaniz var?
What's your house like? Eviniz nasil?
Would you like a drink? Bir içki alir misiniz?
I'm drunk: Sarhos oldum
Let's go and dance! Hadi, dans edelim
Your eyes are beautiful : Gözlerin çok güzel
I'm allergic to roses: Güle alerjim var
Our friends have left early: Arkadaslarimiz erken gittiler
You dance so well Mükemmel dans ediyorsun
I feel so close to you: Kendimi sana yakin hissediyorum
I love you: Seni seviyorum
Don't do that: Yapma!
No, not tonight: Bu aksam olmaz
I love you too: Ben de seni seviyorum.
Good night: Iyi geceler

I guess the bitter taste of rejection requires no translation as above!!!!!