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
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.
5. No = Hayır 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 )
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 :
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
straight on doğru
or ya da / veya
Greeting – Turkish body language :
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.
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