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Pleasantries

In Turkish there are set pleasantries for certain occasions. Learn a few and you can get away with knowing fewer words in Turkish! 
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Afiyet olsun! af-ee-yeht ul-sun
Said to someone who is eating or has just finished eating (literal translation: Bon Appetite/ Let Health Be)
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Elinize  sağlık! el-ee-nee-ze  saah-lik
Said to praise someone’s cooking  (literal translation: Health to your hands)
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Kolay gelsin! koh-lay gel-sin
Said to someone working (literal translation: May it come easy)
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Geçmiş olsun! gech-mish ol-suhn
Said to someone who is ill (literal translation: Get well soon/ may it pass)
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Çok yaşa! chok yash-ah
Said to someone who just sneezed, similar to god bless you (literal translation: Live long)
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Sıhhatler olsun! suh-hut-ler ol-suhn
Said to someone who just took a shower, or to a guy who just got a haircut or shaved (literal translation: Let there be health)
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