Help Wikitravel grow by contributing to an article! Learn how.
New users, please see Help or go to the Pub to ask questions.

Turkish phrasebook

From Wikitravel
Revision as of 13:53, 23 December 2007 by Tatata7 (Talk | contribs)

Jump to: navigation, search

Turkish (Türkçe) is the most widely-spoken of the Turkic languages and is the official language of the Republic of Turkey - as well as being the most useful language in Turkish-ruled northern Cyprus. Outside of Turkey itself, knowledge of Turkish is helpful in several neighbouring countries including Azerbaijan. While the Central Asian "stans" speak Turkic languages, the similarities between Kazakh and Turkish (for example) are only very rudimentary. Turkish is a fairly difficult language to learn and speak, due to its complicated, mathematical vowel-harmonied grammar.


Grammar

Unlike many languages, Turkish forms words by a process known as "agglutination", where prefixes and suffixes are attached to words to mark different parts of speech and so on. Thus, an English phrase such as "I am an Australian" is rendered in Turkish with the one word "Avustralyalıyım - Avustralya-lı-y-ım".

Pronunciation guide

Turkish pronunciation looks daunting to non-native speakers, as many of the words are very long and look like tongue-twisters. With a bit of practice, however, it becomes much easier.

Vowels

The Turkish vowels are

  • A - a short sound, as in the English car
  • E - a short sound, as in the English pet
  • İ - the sound in the English meet and at the beginning of İstanbul (ees-tan-bul)
  • I - a "neutral" sound with no real equivalent in English. The closest sound is the "uh" which replaces the "e" in the second syllable of open
  • O - as in the English order
  • Ö - pronounced as in German, a blend of "o" and "e"
  • U - short as in the English put
  • Ü - pronounced as in German, a blend of "u" and "e"

Remember that, in lower case, the two letters İ and I look different as well. The lower case form of İ is i, while the lower case form of I is ı.

Consonants

  • B - as in bed
  • C - pronounced as the initial letter in the English jump
  • Ç - the "ch" sound in the English chapel
  • D - as in drum
  • F - as in far
  • G - as in girl
  • Ğ - a silent letter, which serves to lengthen the previous vowel
  • H - as in hello
  • J - pronounced as in the French name Jean
  • K - as in king
  • L - as in love
  • M - as in man
  • N - as in new
  • P - as in print
  • R - as in run
  • S - as in snake
  • Ş - the "sh" sound in the English shake
  • T - as in take
  • V - roughly the mid-point between the "v" in very and the "w" in was
  • Y - as in yet
  • Z - as in zoo'

Common diphthongs

Phrase list

Basics

Hello. 
Merhaba. (mehr hah bah)
Hello. (informal) 
Selam. (sell um)
How are you? (polite/plural) 
Nasılsınız? (na suhl suhn uhz)
How are you? (informal singular) 
Nasısın? (na suhl suhn)
What's up / How're you doing? (very informal, contraction of "Ne naber?", literally meaning "What is new?") 
Naber? (na berr)
Fine, thank you. 
İyiyim, teşekkürler. (ee yee yeem teh shek ür lerr)
What is your name? (polite) 
Adınız ne? (ad uhn uhz ne)
What is your name? (informal singular) 
Adın ne? (ad uhn uhz ne)
My name is ______ . 
Benim adım ______ . ( Benn im ad uhm _____ .)
Nice to meet you. 
Memnun oldum. (mem noon oll doom)
Please. 
Lütfen. (Luet fen)
Thank you. 
Teşekkür ederim. (teh shek uer eh der eem)
You're welcome. 
Bir şey değil. (Bir shey de yeel)
is/are there (any/some) ____?
____ var mı? (var muh?)
there isn't any
Yok (yock) usually said with a upward movement of chin and eyebrows
Yes. 
Evet. (eh vet)
No. 
Hayır. (Hah yuhr)
Excuse me. (getting attention) (polite) 
Efendim. (E fen dim)
Excuse me. (begging pardon
Afedersiniz. (af fair dair sin niz)
I'm sorry. 
Özür dilerim. (Ö zuer di lay reem)
I'm sorry. 
Pardon. (Par don)
Goodbye (polite singular, used by the person leaving)
Hoşça kalın. (Hosh cha kaluhn )
Goodbye (informal/plural, used by the person leaving)
Hoşça kalın. (Hosh cha kaluhn )
Goodbye (used by the person staying) 
Güle güle. (guele guele)
I can't speak Turkish [well]. 
[İyi] Türkçe konuşamıyorum. ([E yee] Tuerck-che conusha-me-yoo-ruhm)
Do you speak English? (polite/plural)
İngilizce biliyor musunuz? (literally, "Do you know English?")
Is there someone here who speaks English? 
Burada İngilizce konuşan birisi var mı? ( boor-a-duh Eengleez jay kow noo shun bee ree seh wurrm ?)
Look out! 
Dikkat! (Dick kaht !)
Good morning. 
Günaydın. (Guen eye duhn )
Good evening. 
İyi akşamlar. (E yee Ak sham lar )
Good night. 
İyi geceler . (E yee Ge jay ler )
Good night (to sleep
İyi uykular (E yee yoo ku lar)
Welcome 
Hoş geldiniz (Hosh Gel din iz)
Welcome (informal singular)
Hoş geldin (Hosh Gel din)
I don't understand. 
Anlamadım (An la ma duhm)
Where is the toilet? 
Tuvalet nerede? (Too va let ner eh de?)
Is there any ...?  
... var mı? (var Muh)

Problems

Help! 
İmdat! (Im Daht !)
Help! 
Yardım Edin! (Yard um ed in)
Accident 
kaza (ka za)
Doctor 
doktor (dok tor)

Numbers

bir (bir)
iki (icki)
üç (uech)
dört (dirt)
beş (besh)
altı (altuh)
yedi (yedi)
sekiz (sekiz)
dokuz (dokuz)
10 
on (on)
11 
on bir (on bir)
12 
on iki (on icki)
13 
on üç (on uech)
14 
on dört (on doert)
15 
on beş (on besh)
16 
on altı (on altuh)
17 
on yedi (on yedi)
18 
on sekiz (on sekiz)
19 
on dokuz (on dokuz)
20 
yirmi (yir mi)
21 
yirmi bir(yir mi bir)
22 
yirmi iki (yir mi icki)
23 
yirmi üç (yir mi uech)
30 
otuz (otuz)
40 
kırk (kuhrk)
50 
elli (elli)
60 
altmış (altmuhsh)
70 
yetmiş (yet mish)
80 
seksen (seksen)
90 
doksan (doksan)
100 
yüz (yuez)
200 
iki yüz (icky yuez)
300 
üç yüz (uech yuez)
1000 
bin (bin)
2000 
iki bin (icky bin)
1,000,000 
bir milyon (beer milyon)
1,000,000,000 
bir milyar (beer milyar)
1,000,000,000,000 
bir trilyon (beer trilyon)
number _____ (train, bus, etc.
_____ numara (numara)
half 
yarım (yaruhm)
less 
az (as)
more 
çok (chock)

Time

now 
şimdi (shim di)
later 
sonra (...)
before 
önce (...)
morning 
sabah (...)
afternoon 
öğleden sonra (...)
evening 
akşam (...)
night 
gece (...)

Clock time

Duration

Days (Günler)

Sunday 
Pazar (paz ar)
Monday 
Pazartesi (paz ar tesi)
Tuesday 
Salı (saluh)
Wednesday 
Çarşamba (char sham ba)
Thursday 
Perşembe (per shem be)
Friday 
Cuma (juma)
Saturday 
Cumartesi (juma tesi)

Months

January 
Ocak (o jak)
February 
Şubat (shu bat)
March 
Mart (mart)
April 
Nisan (nee sahn)
May 
Mayıs (ma yuhs)
June 
Haziran (ha zee ran)
July 
Temmuz (taem mooz)
August 
Ağustos (aa hoos toss)
September 
Eylül (aey luehl)
October 
Ekim (ae keem)
November 
Kasım (kah suhm)
December 
Aralik (a ra luhk)

Writing time and date

Colors

Black 
Siyah (see yuh)
White 
Beyaz (bei azh)
Yellow 
Sarı (saa rıh)
Blue 
Mavi (mao vee)
Navy 
Lacivert (la jee vert)
Green 
Yeşil (yea sheal)
Red 
Kırmızı (khır mızı)
Pink 
Pembe (pam bhe)
Orange 
Turuncu (too roon joo)
Purple 
Mor (more)
Brown 
Kahverengi (kaah ve rengi)

Transportation

Bus and train

Which bus? 
hangi otobüs (hangee auto boos)
How many kilometers? 
kaç kilometre? (kach kilo metreh)

Directions

Where? 
(place) nerede? (nar edeh)
(direction) nereye? (nar eyeh)
Left 
sol (sole)
Right 
sağ (saa)
Straight 
düz (dooz)
Here 
burada (bur ah da)

Taxi

I want to get out 
inecek var (ine jek var)

Lodging

One person 
bir kişi (beer kee shee)
One night 
bir gece (beer gay jay)
Hot water 
sıcak su (see jak suu)
Breakfast included 
kahvaltı dahil (kah val tuh da heel)

Money

Eating

Waiter! Excuse me! 
bakar mısınız? (ba kar mis in izz)
Menu / price list 
Menü / fiyat listesi (fee yot lis tesi)
Bill / check 
hesap (he sap)
Lunch 
öğle yemeği (oh lay yem ayee)

Bars

Do you serve alcohol?  
İçki var mı? (ickhi wha mhi)
Is there table service? 
Masaya servis var mı?
A beer/two beers, please. 
Bir/iki bira, lütfen (beer/icky bhira,luet fen)
A glass of red/white wine, please. 
Bir bardak kırmızı/beyaz şarap, lütfen. (beer bar duck khırmizi/bay iz shar up, luet fen )
A pint, please. 
Yarım litre, lütfen. (ya ream lit rhe, luet fen)
A bottle, please. 
Şişe, lütfen. (shishe, luet fen)
whiskey 
viski
vodka 
vodka
rum 
rom (rhom)
water 
su (sue)
club soda 
soda (soda)
orange juice 
portakal suyu (pore-tuck-al sue you )
Coke 
Cola (cola)
One more, please. 
Bir tane daha, lütfen. (beer thane dahha, luet fen)
Another round, please. 
Birer tane daha, lütfen. (beer-ar thane dahha, luet fen)
When is closing time? 
Ne zaman kapatıyorsunuz?
Cheers! 
Şerefe! (sherafa)

Shopping

How much (money)? 
kaç para? (koch pa rah)
Cheap 
ucuz (oo juuz)
Expensive 
pahalı (pahaluh)

Driving

I want to rent a car. 
Araba kiralamak istiyorum.
Can I get insurance? 
Kasko yaptırabilir miyim?
stop (on a street sign
dur
one way 
tek yön
no parking 
part etmek yasaktır
speed limit 
hız sınırı
gas (petrol) station 
benzinci
petrol 
benzin
diesel 
dizel

Authority

External links


This is just one of Wikitravel's phrasebooks. Please have a look at the Phrasebook template to see how this phrasebook should be laid out.


This article is an outline and needs more content. It has a template, but there is not enough information present. Please plunge forward and help it grow!


Variants

Actions

Destination Docents

In other languages

other sites