Common words you may need in Turkey
If you are going on a bike trip (and not only) to Turkey, you will need to know a few basic phrases, without which it will be difficult to learn anything from the Turks. When I was in Turkey, I learned only a few words by heart and a few phrases were written down on a piece of paper. I also had a phrase book with me, but it turned out to be a little less than completely useless: by the time you find the right phrase, the interlocutor will already leave. Therefore, I want to share those phrases that I learned in 2 weeks in Turkey and which are used most often.
- Evet / Evet - Yes
- Hayır / Hayır - No
- Bir şey değil / Bir şey deil - Not at all.
- Affedersiniz / Affedersiniz - Sorry (for something).
- Bakar mısınız / Bakar mysynyz - Excuse me (the beginning of a polite request)
- Pardon / Pardon - Sorry.
- Özür dilerim / Ozür dilerim - I'm sorry.
- Ben Türkçe bilmiyorum / Ben turkche bilmiyorum - I don't know Turkish.
- Ben anlamıyorum / Ben anlamyorum - I don't understand.
- Daha yavas soylebilir misiniz? / Daha yavash soilebilir misiniz? - Can you speak more slowly?
- Tekar edebilir misiniz / Tekarr edebilir misiniz? - Could you repeat, please?
- NasIl yardImc? olabilirim? / Nasyl yardymdzhy labilirim? - How may I help you?
- YardImcI olayIm. / Yardymdzhy olayym. - Let me help you.
- Bana yardım eder misiniz? / Bana yardym eder misiniz? - Can you help me?
- Afiyetolsun. / Afiyet Olsun. - Bon appetit (during meals. Literally: to health)
- Teşekkür ederim. / Teshekkur ederim. - Thanks.
- Imdat! / Imdat! - Help!