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Asking a stranger for help
1.       Irfaan13
5 posts
 17 Jun 2014 Tue 12:28 pm

Merhaba.

If I would like to ask a stranger for assistance how exactly would I say it? Let´s say I´m in Istanbul and I would like to ask for directions or something like that, would I ask:

 

Affedersiniz, bana yardımcı olabilir misiniz?

or

Pardon, bana yardımcı olabilir misiniz?

or

Özür dilerim, bana yardımcı olabilir misiniz?

 

In particular what´s the word that should be used at the beginning. Should it be "Affedersiniz", "Pardon", "Özür dilerim" or something else perhaps? It seems "Excuse me" has many meanings in Turkish.

Thanks in advance.




Edited (6/17/2014) by Irfaan13

2.       KediNero
418 posts
 17 Jun 2014 Tue 01:34 pm

 

Quoting Irfaan13

Merhaba.

If I would like to ask a stranger for assistance how exactly would I say it? Let´s say I´m in Istanbul and I would like to ask for directions or something like that, would I ask:

 

Affedersiniz, bana yardımcı olabilir misiniz?

or

Pardon, bana yardımcı olabilir misiniz?

or

Özür dilerim, bana yardımcı olabilir misiniz?

 

In particular what´s the word that should be used at the beginning. Should it be "Affedersiniz", "Pardon", "Özür dilerim" or something else perhaps? It seems "Excuse me" has many meanings in Turkish.

Thanks in advance.


affedersiniz is correct, you can´t use pardon and özür dilerim in such situation.

 

3.       gokuyum
5049 posts
 17 Jun 2014 Tue 01:44 pm

 

Quoting KediNero

 

affedersiniz is correct, you can´t use pardon and özür dilerim in such situation.

 

 

Why not? I use all of them

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