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Click & Hear : Greeting /Essential Turkish words like hi , thanks How to pronounce them /

( pre-recorded   “click and hear”  pronounciation links  of key Turkish vocabulary is  also   included to the text below )

(  click and listen   most needed    Turkish words  ( described below )  with my pronounciations   (   at this link

http://forvo.com/user/mristanblue/ )

1. how to say hi in turkish : Merhaba  click to hear

2.  how to say thanks in Turkish : Tesekkur  click to hear

1 . The word in short is “Tesekkür” , in long  ” tesekkur ederim ”  Turkish spelling is teşekkür and teşekkür ederim ( if your pc does not display the latter  properly; s has got an accent mark at its bottom. )

Tesekkur is shortened version , less formal ,  more common in daily conversation.  It is singular, and tesekkurler is plural. The plural form is used iin more social circumstances.

3. Even less formal thanks  is Sagol ( Sağol in turkish  )  click to hear

This is used in a number of former Ottoman States as well, including Kenya (?)   ( *)   – Mombasa Ottoman Castle connection  and more at the bottom )  , Egypt etc.

‘ G’ letter  has got an accent mark, so that is semi silent, G  is pronounced a bit like a w


Keywords to remember tesekkur ederim  :

” tea , sugar , a dream”

Remember, these are the key words to remember ; if you prononuce them altogether it gives you something similar , but pronounce them speedy.


4. Yes = Evet click to hear

5. No = Hayır  click to hear

6. How much =   Ne kadar      click to hear

Islamic way of greeting someone that will work in any Moslem country :  ( usually expected from a Moslem , but it will show the great interest of a visitor, and will work well will religious people )

Selamun Aleykum   =  click here  for pronounciation

As-salaamu Alaikum  –   click here to hear Greeting in Moslem countries means peace be upon you ,  sholom aleichem is its  hebrew version, it is amazing how close the hebrew ( yiddish ) and the Arabic  word.

Good morning Gunaydın ( turkish spelling is Günaydın ) say ” united ” a bit fast  :

click this link to hear gunaydın

ok     tamam    click here to hear

please     lütfen click here to hear
goodbye     hoşçakal or bye bye        click here to hear
sorry / excuse me (    pardon is also used in Turkey)  =    Affedersiniz click here to hear
good morning     günaydın click here to hear
good evening     iyi akşamlar click here to hear
good night     iyi geceler click here to hear
good     iyi click here to hear
bad     kötü click here to hear
big     büyük click here to hear
small     küçük click here to hear
average / medium     orta click here to hear

prononunciations to the words below is not  added yet :

a lot / very / too     çok         click here to hear
a little     az        click here to hear
slow     yavaş       click here to hear
quick     hızlı / çabuk        click here to hear
hot     sıcak       click here to hear
cold     soğuk   click here to hear
entrance     giriş   click here to hear
exit     çıkış    click here to hear

pull     çekiniz
open     açık
closed     kapalı
right     sağ
left     sol
straight on     doğru
near     yakın
far     uzak
up     yukarı
down     aşağı
broken     bozuk
and     ve
or     ya da / veya
but     ama
here     burada
there     orada

Greeting – Turkish body language :

Shaking Hands

Turks do like shaking hands, so this is a good tip for good communication; but when you are sure the person is a religious orthodox moslem Turk ( he will usually have short hair and beard and moustache), or in a mosque, cross sex hand shaking may spoil his or her ablution required for prayer; so , better avoid in this case , and then greet like a japanese by bowing slightly, or nodding; or a great Turkish way of celebrating someone is by putting your right hand to your chest – heart, and padding gently twice:

This body language sign ( your hand padding on your  chest twice )  is  also a very polite way of refusing an offer, but around Blue Mosque in Istanbul do not try it on the street smart or vendors;  just ignore them, orelse few   may  stick at you! Buying postcard from a street vendor, if the vendor does not have a stationed sales point is not recommended.

(*) Kenya – Ottoman Sagol connection :

The Ottomans entered Kenya and its environs shortly after conquering Egypt   in 1517  as part of their  expansion over the rest of North Africa.

In 1517 Ottoman Naval Commander Emir Ali Bey came to Mombasa with only one galley, according to Kenyan history books. The commander was not intent on war, but on gaining an ally in the region against the Portuguese.

October 28, 2009 - Posted by | 1 |

1 Comment »

  1. I have a new friend on facebook that is turkish and i want to be his friend so bad i wnt to be able to understand him id go as far as to learn just enough turkish words
    to be able to conversate a little he seems really nice this website has helped thanks

    Comment by Brandy Reeves | September 18, 2010 | Reply

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