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How to say nationalities in Turkish?
1.       Mehmet Iskandar
9 posts
 18 May 2015 Mon 04:51 am


I´m trying to make a dialogue about introduction, but i confused with nationalities and origins.


Some of nationalities are using suffix -li, but some are not. So, how to say :

I´m from Turkey

I´m from Russia

are they "Ben Türkiyeliyim" and "Ben Rusum" or "Ben Türküm" and "Ben Rusum" or something else?


2.       JNQ
465 posts
 18 May 2015 Mon 09:40 am

All your questions will be answered here: http://www.turkishclass.com/turkish_lesson_284

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3.       ikicihan
1127 posts
 20 May 2015 Wed 01:05 pm

ben türküm. - i am turk/turkish

ben rusum. - i am russian

ben japonum. - i am japanese

the above emphasises nationality, race origin.


ben türkiyeliyim. i am from turkey/(my home country is turkey)

ben rusyalıyım.

ben japonyalıyım.

the above emphasises geographic location, not race origin. you might be a khazak living in russia, then you are "rusyalı" but at he the same time" khazak", not "rus". you might be a chinese living in usa, then you are "amerikalı" (from location) and "çinli" (from race).


other alternates.


ben türkiyedenim. (i am from turkey)

ben rusyadanım.

ben japonyadanım.


ben türkiyeden geliyorum/geldim (i am coming from turkey/came from turkey)

ben rusyadan geliyorum/geldim

ben japonyadan geliyorum/geldim


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