Turkish Phrases

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Why Learn Turkish?

When you learn a new language, you don't just learn the language. You also discover some amazing and often unknown facts about the country, the people and their culture.

Learning a few Turkish phrases may well be the start of your love affair with this truly amazing language. However, unless you have stumbled across this hub, purely by accident, then you no doubt already know this.

I should probably confess that Turkish would not normally have been my first choice of a foreign language to study.

Certainly, in my younger days, I studied French and Spanish with absolutely no desire, whatsoever, to learn the Turkish language.

Indeed, had you handed me a map of the world at that time, I would not have been able to have identified Turkey.

So why the desire to learn Turkish now?

Well, the world is changing and we are not as conservative as we once may have been.

We will all have our differing reasons for wanting to learn the Turkish language. It may be for holidays, business, love and romance or simply enjoyment.

Whatever your reasons, I truly hope you enjoy this very brief introduction to Turkish phrases.

Merhaba - Saying Hello In Turkish!

One of the most wonderful events to happen, when you're learning a new language, is the realisation that someone actually understands what you are saying!

The fact that someone can actually understand all of these weird sounds emanating from your mouth provides an immense sense of satisfaction.

Here are a few basic Turkish greetings for you to practice.

Turkish Greetings

ENGLISH
TURKISH
PHONETIC
Good morning
Günaydın
gyu-nie-dihn
Good day
İyi günler
ee-yee gyun-lehr
Good evening
İyi akşamlar
ee-yee ahk-sham-lahr
Good night
İyi geceler
ee-yee geh-jeh-lehr
Welcome (singular/informal)
Hoşgeldin
hosh-gel-din
Welcome (plural/formal)
Hoşgeldiniz
hosh-gel-din-iz
How are you? (singular/informal)
Nasılsın?
na-suhl-suhn
How are you? (plural/formal)
Nasılsınız?
na-suhl-suhn-uhz
Hello
Merhaba
mehr-hah-bah

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Turkish Language Challenges!

Turkish is a challenging language to learn,

Although there are many grammatical differences between English and Turkish, here are three common differences that you will no doubt find bewildering at first!

  1. The Word Order is Different in Turkish

    The basic word order in Turkish is different from that in English. In Turkish, the basic word order is: Subject - Object - Verb.

  2. Turkish Uses Agglutination

    Agglutination simply means 'to glue.' Whereas, In English each word is separated by a space, in Turkish endings are added to the existing word. Therefore, in the Turkish language, it is possible to have one word as a sentence!

  3. Turkish Uses Vowel Harmony

    Once you have agglutinated a word in Turkish, you have to ensure that the endings harmonise with the word that they are being added to.

Basic Turkish Phrases

ENGLISH
TURKISH
PHONETIC
Yes
Evet
eh-vet
No
Hayır
hah-yihr
Please
Lütfen
lyut-fehn
Thank you
Teşekkür ederim
teh-sheh-kyur-eh-deh-reem
No, thank you
Hayır, teşekkür ederim
hah-yihr, teh-sheh-kyur-eh-deh-reem
Hello
Merhaba
mehr-hah-bah
Hi
Selam
seh-lahm
Goodbye (when you are leaving)
Hoşçakal
hohsh-chah-kahl
Goodbye (when somebody else is leaving)
Güle güle
gyu-leh gyu-leh
 
 
 

Teach Yourself Turkish

Depending upon where you live, you may find that Turkish language courses are extremely limited, not to say rather expensive.

Therefore, many wishing to learn Turkish have no option but to teach themselves.

One of the advantages of the internet is that there are several sites which help you to teach yourself Turkish online.

Many of these courses will often provide limited free access to some of the training modules. You normally have to pay for full access to the entire Turkish language course.

Alternatively, you can purchase books and audio CD's.

I would always recommend that, whatever you buy, ensure that you do purchase a product that has an accompanying audio CD to help you with the Turkish pronunciation.

Turkish Numbers

ENGLISH
TURKISH
PHONETIC
Zero
Sıfır
suhf-er
One
Bir
beer
Two
İki
ick-ee
Three
Üç
ooch
Four
Dört
dirrt
Five
Beş
behsh
Six
Altı
ahl-tuh
Seven
Yedi
yeh-dee
Eight
Sekiz
seh-keez
Nine
Dokuz
doh-kooz
Ten
On
ohn
 
 
 

Days Of The Week

ENGLISH
TURKISH
PHONETIC
Sunday
Pazar
pa-zar
Monday
Pazartesi
pah-zahr- teh-see
Tuesday
Salı
sah-luh
Wednesday
Çarşamba
chahr-shahm-bah
Thursday
Perşembe
pehr-shehm-beh
Friday
Cuma
joo-mah
Saturday
Cumartesi
joo-mah-teh-see
 
 
 

Naturally, the Turkish phrases listed above are merely the tip of the iceberg.

Nonetheless, I hope you find this collection of Turkish phrases useful and will be encouraged to discover more about this truly beautiful language.

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