Turkish phrases and expressions you can learn today

Start learning the most common Turkish phrases

Turkish is a fascinating and melodic language that is thought to be the most happy language in the world. So, why not learn a few basic Turkish phrases and expressions to enhance your general knowledge and become happier in the process?

Basic Turkish phrases

  • • Selam!: Hi!
  • • İyi akşamlar!: Good evening!
  • • İyi geceler!: Good night!
  • • Adınız nedir?: What’s your name?
  • • Hoşgeldiniz!: Welcome!
  • • Oraya nasıl giderim?: How do I get there?
  • • Gelecek sefer görüşürüz.: See you next time.
  • • Yakında görüşürüz: See you soon!
  • • Hadi biraz eğlenelim: Let's have some fun.
  • • Güle güle!: Bye bye!
  • • Teşekkürler.: Thank you.
  • • Rica ederim.: You're welcome.
  • • Afedersiniz!: Excuse me!
  • • Kaç yaşındasınız?: How old are you?
  • • Ben ... yaşındayım.: I’m… years old.
  • • Üzülme!: Don't worry!

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Top 10 Turkish phrases and sentences you need to know

We have prepared a list of common Turkish expressions that will help you have a basic conversation in Turkish in no time. Let's dig in!

  1. 1. Günaydın. = Good morning.

    If you find yourself in Turkey it is always polite to say “Hi” every morning because Turkish speakers are really sociable. “Good morning” in Turkish is "Günaydın".
    Now enjoy being greeted by a native speaker:


  2. 2. Tünaydın. = Good afternoon.

    But what if it's later in the day and you want to greet someone from Turkey? Well, “Good afternoon” in Turkish is "Tünaydın".
    Now listen to how a Turkish speaker would pronounce it:


  3. 3. Benim adım Mondly. = My name is Mondly.

    Let's say your name is Mondly, you are traveling to Turkey and meet someone on the street. To introduce yourself you can say "Benim adım Mondly" which means "My name is Mondly" in Turkish.
    Listen to how a person from Turkey would pronounce this phrase:

    Benim adım Mondly.

  4. 4. Tanıştığıma memnun oldum. = I'm pleased to meet you.

    Now that you have introduced yourself, a Turkish speaker would respond "Tanıştığıma memnun oldum" which means "I'm pleased to meet you" in Turkish.
    Listen to a native Turkish speaker saying that exact sentence to you right now:

    Tanıştığıma memnun oldum.

  5. 5. Nasılsın? = How are you?

    At this point, it might be polite to ask the person you are having a conversation with "How are you?" in Turkish.
    It’s really easy to pronounce. Here's how to say it:


  6. 6. İyi, teşekkürler. Siz? = Fine, thanks. And you?

    If, on the other hand, a Turkish speaker asks you first how are you doing, this is how you can answer politely. Apply the unspoken rule of politeness everywhere you go and many doors shall joyously open in your path.
    Here's a native speaker showing you how to say it:

    İyi, teşekkürler. Siz?

  7. 7. Bir bira isterim. = I’d like a beer.

    And because you might find yourself in a bar when visiting Turkey you might have to learn how to order a beer in Turkish.
    Let a native Turkish speaker show you how it's done:

    Bir bira isterim.

  8. 8. Özür dilerim. = I'm sorry.

    There are times when what you ordered is out of stock, so a bartender might say Özür dilerim" which means "I'm sorry" in Turkish.
    Listen to how it's pronounced:

    Özür dilerim.

  9. 9. Yakında görüşmek üzere! = See you soon!

    This is a good way of saying "See you soon" in Turkish to a co-worker from Turkey that you are probably going to see the next day.
    Delight your senses with a Turkish speaker saying the phrase:

    Yakında görüşmek üzere!

  10. 10. Güle güle. = Goodbye.

    Let's end with the best way to end a pleasant conversation politely. This is another way of saying "Goodbye" in Turkish.
    Here's how a person from Turkey would pronounce it:

    Güle güle.

Turkish phrases for specific situations

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Let's continue with common Turkish phrases and expressions for specific situations to keep in your pocket so you can deal with common situations in Turkish.

    At a Restaurant or Café
  • • Menüyü alabilir miyim?: May I have the menu?
  • • Lütfen ... alabilir miyim?: Can I please have ...?
  • • Lezzetli.: This is delicious.
  • • Afiyet olsun.: Enjoy your meal.

  • Getting around
  • • Restaurant nerede?: Where is the restaurant?
  • • Metro nerede?: Where is the subway?
  • • Tren garına nasıl giderim?: How do I get to the train station?
  • • Tek bilet/İki bilet: One ticket to/Two tickets to

  • Shopping
  • • Bu ne kadar?: How much is it?
  • • Sende .... var mı?: Do you have...?
  • • Yardım edin, lütfen: Help me, please

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The benefits of learning the most common Turkish phrases first

Get smarter day by day

Learning a new language is a perfect way to boost your IQ. In no time, your brain will make new connections and associations and you’ll feel that learning Turkish was one of the best choices you ever made.

Have real conversations in Turkish today

Once you start learning a few basic sentences in Turkish you will have the knowledge to start your first Turkish conversation. That’s why, at Mondly, we’ve created experiences that simulate real-life conversations to get you speaking Turkish in no time.

Become fluent in Turkish quicker

Starting with the basics, we quickly lay a foundation for you to learn more complex Turkish phrases and sentences. We gradually build your Turkish knowledge so you get fluent faster than you could imagine.

Feel how easy to learn the Turkish language can be

Every language experience should start gradually, from the easiest to the more complex concepts. Starting with the easiest and most common Turkish phrases, you will feel confident in your ability to learn a new language. That’s one of the core principles Mondly is built on.

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