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My dear, Canim
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10.       PeterE
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 21 May 2016 Sat 03:06 pm

Hi,

 

I´m new here - I also wondered about the word "canim". I am a guy and have a Turkish colleague, a girl who is 10 years younger than me. We have a close working relationship and are good friends. (We both live and work in Scandinavia.) Being a Scandinavian myself, I have tried to learn a little Turkish because I think it is a bit funny to see her face when I use Turkish words. I sometimes have called her "canim" or "güzelim", and she didn´t seem to mind. Like I wrote I am 10 years older than her so, I thought that it was probably obvious that it was in a "big brotherly" way that I used it, but maybe I am wrong. Maybe I have been disrespectful - I don´t know what the ladies out there think?

 

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11.       peyote
101 posts
 21 May 2016 Sat 08:37 pm

I am pretty sure what you are doing when you call her dear or my beauty is fine because as you say you have a daily working relationship and are using it as a term of endearment. It is when young single girls are meeting turkish boys and they start to say this that it is more like a territory marker to keep other young men away.

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12.       PeterE
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 22 May 2016 Sun 01:50 pm

Thanky very much peyoteSmile - I understand what you mean, point taken. Just wanted a woman´s opinion!

 

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