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Speak Turkish Instantly

Updated on May 12, 2016


Turkey is a massive country and is the gateway from the west to the east. It is in Europe and Asia. It has become a favourite with European holiday makers due to it's pleasant sunny climate, friendly people and picturesque resorts. You only have to hear the word Istanbul and all sorts of images spring to mind. No self-respecting spy story would be complete without at least one scene being set there. One can picture oneself bartaring in a back street bazaar, for a wonderful Turkish carpet. Surely it would help if you could speak just a little Türkçe.


Turkish is a member of the Turkic language family. Around 70 million are native speakers. It is the official language in Turkey, Cyprus and Kosovo. It's also spoken, as a minority language, in Greece, Iraq, Macedonia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Romania. In this article we will learn ten phrases all of which we will need during our stay in Turkey. Speak Turlish Instantly Using English Words To Help Pronunciation.

Exercise 1 : Hello

Let's begin with saying hello. This will, probably, be the first word you speak to everybody. I know there are formal greetings we can learn, but we are on vacation so we will use the informal word:


Try these English words: terror-sir.

Turkish phrase : Merhaba.

What it means : Hello.

English words : terror-sir.

Pronounced : mirror-bir.

Exercise 2 : Where Are The Toilets?

At some stage on our holiday we will need to know where the toilets are. For me it's usually when we arrive at our destination, in the airport or at the railway station. We already know how to say hello to someone. Now let's find out where the toilets are.

lavoba ne tarafta?

Try these English words: now-far say carafe-far. In the pronounced section "lou(d)" signifies pronounce the lou but don't pronounce the d

Turkish phrase : lavoba ne tarafta?

What it means : Where are the toilets?

English words : now-far say carafe-far.

Pronounced : lou(d)-bah nay tarraf-tah

Exercise 3 : Thank You

This is just a great word that we can use for thousands of situations.

Teşekkür ederim

Try these English words: pressure-sure-eh-trim.

Turkish phrase : Teşekkür ederim.

What it means : Thank you.

English words : pressure-sure-eh-trim.

Pronounced : tesher-kure-eh-drim.

Exercise 4 : Excuse me

Here is another phrase we are bound to use on our vacation. To attract someones attention in a shop or to pass somebody in a busy market. It is so much more polite than shouting "Beep Beep".


Turkish phrase : Afedersiniz

What it means : Excuse me.

English words : cafe-bar-guiness.

Pronounced : affay-dahr-sinniss.

Exercise 5 : How Much is it?

This phrase is essential for when we go shopping. We are bound to want to know the price of something sooner or later, especially on markets where you might end up bartering. It helps in shops or anywhere, where there is no price displayed.

Bu kaç para

Turkish phrase : Bu kaç para?

What it means : How much is it?

English words : you-patch-bar-a.

Pronounced : boo-catch-para

Exercise 6 : I Would Like

I would like or I want are always handy to know. Even if you only point to what it is that you need. The phrase to use is:


Turkish phrase : Istiyorum.

What it means : I would like.

English words : list-more-some.

Pronounced : ist-your-rum.

Exercise 7 : Drinks

Obviously we can't learn every single item we might want to buy while we're on our holidays, so we will narrow it down to some drinks we may want in a cafe or a bar. Hence there is quite a few words and phrases to get through.

bir fincan...bir bardak...kahve...çay...bira...süt...ş

Turkish phrase : Bir fincan kahve...Bir fincan çay

What it means : A cup of coffee...A cup of tea.

English words : near-tin-can--bar-pay...near-tin-can--spy.

Pronounced :

Turkish phrase : Bir bardak bira...süt...ş

What it means : A glass of

English words :

Pronounced :

Exercise 8 : Numbers

When we are ordering our drinks we might want more than one so we will need to learn some numbers. Here they are one to five.


Number four is pronounced somewhere between "dort" and "dirt". You'll hear it from the native speaker.

Turkish phrase : Bir...Iki...Üç...Dört...Beş.

What it means : One...Two...Three...Four...Five.

English words : meer-peachy-pooch-sort-mesh.

Pronounced : beer-eechy-ooch-dort-besh.

Exercise 9 : The Bill / The Check

Unfortunately, in Turkey they tend to charge you money for keeping you refreshed, when we have finished all our drinks we are going to have to pay. So we will need the bill.

Hesap lütfen

Turkish phrase : Hesap lütfen.

What it means : The bill, please / The check, please.

English words : fess-cap-bert-pen.

Pronounced : hess-sap-lert-fen.


Exercise 10 : Goodbye

We began with hello so why don't we end with goodbye?

Güle Güle

Turkish phrase : Güle Güle.

What it means : Goodbye.

English words : julie-julie.

Pronounced : gooly-gooly.

Farewell Turkey

Unfortunately, our vacation has reached it's end. I hope these phrases help you while you are on your holiday. If you know a Turkish speaking person then try these phrases out on them. Nothing gives you more confidence than speaking in a foreign language and they understand you. Enjoy yourself and good luck!


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