ARE WE SPEAKING TURKISH YET 

Many travelers are intimidated because they "don't speak the language." For westerners, Turkish is probably a difficult language to learn, but many Turks are multilingual (especially those in the markets and shops) so travel is no problem. Turkish, a Ural-Altaic language is the official language. Arabic and Kurdish are also spoken. You might hear French, and returning Turks might be speaking German.

English

Turkish

Pronunciation

Yes

Evet

ehveht

No

Hayir

hahyir

Please

Lutfen

lewtfehn

Thank you (very)

(Cok) Tesekkur ederim

tehshehkk'ewr ehdehreem

That's all right

Birsey degil

beershey dehg'eel

Hello

Merhaba

mehrhhahbah

Where

Nerede

nehrehdeh

When

Ne zaman

neh zahmahn

What

Ne

neh

How

Nasil

nahssil

How much

Ne kadar

neh kahdar

How many

Kac tane

kahch tahneh

What's this called

Bunun adi ne

boonoon ahdi neh

Do you speak English

Ingilizce biliyor musunuz?

eeng'eeleezjeh beeleeyor moossoonooz

I understand

Anliyorum

ahnliyoroom

I don't understand

Anlamiyorum

ahnlahmiyoroom

I'd like

... istiyorum

... eesteeyoroom

I'm hungry

Aciktim

ahjiktim

I'm thirsty

Susadim

soossahdim

Big/small

buyuk/kucuk

bewyewk'/k'ewchewk'

Cheap/expensive

ucuz/pahali

oojooz/pahhahli

Beautiful/ugly

Guzel/cirkin

g'ewzehi/cheerk'een

I go

Ben (I) gidiyorum

 

 

1

bir

6

alti

10

on

20

yirmi

70

yetmis

2

iki

7

yedi

11

on bir

30

otuz

80

seksen

3

uch

8

sekiz

12

on iki

40

kirk

90

doksan

4

dort

9

dokuz

13

on uch

50

elli

100

yuz

5

besh

 

 

14

on dort

60

altmis

1000

bin

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