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Is it possible to use English in Istanbul
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1.       em1390
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 13 May 2012 Sun 12:27 pm

Is it possible to  use English in Istanbul

Where .........

 

2.       tristerecuerdos
518 posts
 13 May 2012 Sun 12:40 pm

 

Quoting em1390

Is it possible to  use English in Istanbul

Where .........

 

 

I think so.. English is the world´s language. You can use it anywhere. But its better for you to know some Turkish so you wouldn´t have any troubles. And I guess most Turks know Arabic If you speak any of these languages people will understand you, hopefully. And about English, of course someone would understand you but I´m not sure if it would be helpful. I suggest you learn some Turkish! Good luck!



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3.       Henry
2604 posts
 13 May 2012 Sun 12:42 pm

 

Quoting em1390

Is it possible to  use English in Istanbul

Where .........

 

 

You will be understood by most salesmen in the Covered Bazaar and the Spice Markets. The majority of Istanbul hotels have reception staff that understand English, and major tourist sites cope with all foreign tourists. Younger Turks have been taught English at school.

The tram system has announcements in English and Turkish, and many restaurants have dual language menus, or supply English menus on request, or use sign language or pictures to help you order.

It is easy to live in Istanbul with no knowledge of Turkish, but I suggest you at least learn to say "thank you".

If you know some basic Turkish you will find it very easy to achieve most things. 

 

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4.       gokuyum
5050 posts
 13 May 2012 Sun 02:39 pm

 

Quoting tristerecuerdos

 

. And I guess most Turks know Arabic ...

 

Lol. We don´t know Arabic.

5.       tristerecuerdos
518 posts
 13 May 2012 Sun 05:15 pm

 

Quoting gokuyum

 

 

Lol. We don´t know Arabic.

 

some of my turkish friends do lol.

6.       stumpy
638 posts
 13 May 2012 Sun 07:41 pm

I spent 3 weeks in Istanbul with very limited Turkish.  The most important words I found were pardon, lutfen, tesekure ederim...  When the people I spoke with saw that I was trying they were more then happy to speak to me with the few words of English they knew but depending on where you go in Istanbul you have people that speak English very fluently.  In Sultahnamet Square and in the surroundings they speak English.  But like I said, knowing a few words in Turkish helps.

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7.       gokuyum
5050 posts
 13 May 2012 Sun 09:13 pm

Stumpy it is good to see you again. You were absent.

 

Using "lütfen" properly can open every door in Turkey

8.       ikicihan
1127 posts
 14 May 2012 Mon 10:17 am

there is no specific region english is understood by most people in istanbul. but there are potential speakers, you have to pick them up. who are they?

first part is in tourism business: in touristic areas, such as topkapi palace and surrounding areas, hotel workers, restaurant workers, sales men, taxi drivers...

second part is nothing to do with tourism but they know english as part of their education. some high school and university students but not all of them knows english. some universities use english as education language, their students may speak english fluently, such as bogazici (bosphorus) university.

9.       Abla
3647 posts
 14 May 2012 Mon 02:30 pm

Quote:tristerecuerdos

And I guess most Turks know Arabic

 

The street man writes poems not only in Turkish but in Farsi and Arabic also.

10.       tunci
7149 posts
 14 May 2012 Mon 05:40 pm

 

Quoting Abla

 

 

The street man writes poems not only in Turkish but in Farsi and Arabic also.

 

In Turkia ? Some people who knows Ottoman Turkish can do [write poems in farsi and arabic] as Ottoman Turkish is mixed with Turkish,Farsi and Arabic. But I have doubt about ordinary street man can write poems in Farsi or Arabic. At least I havent come across such people yet.

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