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Cultural question - addressing parents
1.       denizli
961 posts
 17 Aug 2014 Sun 06:57 pm

Just a few questions about addressing parents or elders, in Turkey.

Should children address their Father as Baba? Is it offensive to call them by their first name? What about when the children become adults?

Same for Father-In-Law, should a women address her husband´s father as Baba, first name or either way is OK?

It is the same with Mothers?

 



Edited (8/17/2014) by denizli
Edited (8/17/2014) by denizli

2.       MarioninTurkey
6124 posts
 17 Aug 2014 Sun 08:31 pm

Definitely always call mum and dad anne and baba. I´ve never heard any Turk address their parent by their name. Even when talking about them to a third person they´d pretty much always say annem and babam.

The only exception I can give to this is a very modern educated family from Ankara where the adult children call their mum anne, but the lady´s daughter who is 6 years old doesn´t call her nan grandma or granny but calls her by her name Havoş (short for Havva).

 

With every rule there´s always and exception -- particularly when generalising about culture

 



Edited (8/17/2014) by MarioninTurkey

3.       Troy84
10 posts
 17 Aug 2014 Sun 10:33 pm

I think, they just say Baba or Anne,not their real names

4.       denizli
961 posts
 18 Aug 2014 Mon 03:44 pm

Thanks everyone.

But what about to a parent-in-law? Would a Father be offended if his child´s spouse called him by his first name? What if one is not comfortable calling a parent-in-law as Baba or Anne?

5.       tunci
7149 posts
 18 Aug 2014 Mon 04:22 pm

 

Quoting denizli

Thanks everyone.

But what about to a parent-in-law? Would a Father be offended if his child´s spouse called him by his first name? What if one is not comfortable calling a parent-in-law as Baba or Anne?

 

Yes, he would be offended. Addressing should be as follows :

 

Father ---> Baba

Mother ---> Anne

Mother in law ---> Anne

Father in law ---> Baba

 

 

 

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