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The good news is that, on a Turkey holiday, even a little Turkish goes a long way. The Turkish are a very friendly, welcoming people and they’ll be thrilled to hear you try a few words or phrases. 

Here are a few simple Turkish words and phrases with pronunciation tips to help you get around, be understood and – importantly – order that meal or glass of wine!


Useful Turkish words

Turkish greetings

Learn to talk about yourself


Useful phrases while shopping in Turkey

Days of the week and times in Turkish


Counting to ten



Common expressions

Some basic tips for talking Turkish:


The Turkish like to pronounce every letter in a word. It’s difficult to remember sometimes if your native language is English, which often has many silent letters, but make an effort to pronounce every letter in Turkish and you’re half way there!

Every letter in Turkish has the same sound no matter how it is used

Turkish has six/seven extra letters that don´t exist in the English alphabet. While all the useful words and phrases above come complete with a pronunciation guide, here’s a quick guide to the extra letters and how to pronounce them:


Ç, ç          
like the ch in chance
─×, ─č almost silent, it is okay to not pronounce this
─░, i like the i in king
I, ─▒ like the e in halted
Ö, ö like the u in urge
┼×, ┼č like the sh in shed
Ü, ü like the u in nude

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