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