If only we could communicate and get rid of any barriers using sign language! Then we wouldn’t have a hard time searching for the right signal for “Where is the nearest loo?” Of course, most locals in Istanbul know how to speak English. But of course, learning a few phrases will help.
Really, you don’t need to get a course on Turkish to get by your vacation. You just need to know the requisite phrases so that you can ensure your enjoyment.
Hello, how are you? Mer-ha-ba. Na-sill-si-niz?
Thank you Te-she-koor e-de-rim, saa- ōl
Welcome Hōsh gel-dee-neez
Response to someone saying “Welcome” Hōsh bull-dook
Good morning Goo-naii-dun
Good afternoon Too-naii-dun
Good evening Ee-y ak-sham-lar
Good night Ee go-je-ler
Good bye Hoska Cal
Have a nice day! Ee-yee gunler!
Excuse me (To get someone’s attention) Pardon, bakarmisiniz?
Excuse me (to pass by someone) Pardon, gesebeelirmiyim?
Are you English-speaking? Een-gee-leez-je bee-lee-yōr-moo-soo-nooz?
I don’t understand An-lami-yo-room
Speak slowly, please Loot-fen daha yavas konusun
Where is the hotel? Otel nerede?
Where is the loo/toilet? Tuvalet nerede?
How much? Ne kadar?
Check, please. He-sop loot-fen
Lunch ōr – le ye-me-ee
Dinner/Supper Ak-sham ye-me-ee
Days of the Week:
What is your name? Admiz ne?
My name is Anne? Benim adim Anne (or your name).
It’s my pleasure to meet you. Memnun oldum
I love you Seni seviyorum
Help! Eemdat! Or Yar-dumet!
Purified water Temeez Soo
Beef Sih-ir et-i