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A colloquial word for a friend like brother
1.       sufler
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 26 Sep 2013 Thu 01:17 pm


A Turkish friend who I met yesterday told me 2 names in Turkish that describe a friend who is like brother to someone. Unfortunately I forgot the first word and the other one sounded like tanka/panka/hanka.. I´m not sure. Which words are possible in such use? I´m only sure it wasn´t any of the popular words like arkadaş or dost.

2.       AlphaF
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 26 Sep 2013 Thu 01:26 pm



3.       Henry
2604 posts
 26 Sep 2013 Thu 01:34 pm

The other word you forgot is probably abi (older brother), which is a colloquial shortening from the original ağabey

This is used as a sign of respect by males (and females) to males of a similar age.

4.       elenagabriela
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 26 Sep 2013 Thu 01:38 pm


5.       Adam25
369 posts
 26 Sep 2013 Thu 05:24 pm




  (sorry -just noticed you said that one)     {#emotions_dlg.shy}

Edited (9/26/2013) by Adam25 [Opened my eyes]

6.       AlphaF
5677 posts
 26 Sep 2013 Thu 05:54 pm

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7.       erman
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 27 Sep 2013 Fri 12:31 pm

As someone has already said, it is "kanka" which has a meaning

like "dude" in Turkish.

You can also say "kanki."

The other word might be "panpa" which is the same as "kanka"

only slightly more informal and a little humorous.



8.       AlphaF
5677 posts
 27 Sep 2013 Fri 12:43 pm

Panpa and kanka are not similar or identical words


Kanka is short for "Kan kardeşi"....meaning "blood brother"

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