Turkish when you travel to Turkey
and your trip will be much easier when searching for a hotel, traveling on public transportation, or ordering meals in restaurants.
simple Turkish is fairly easy to
learn because Turkish is a logical,
All students in Turkish schools
study English, and some even
learn it. French, German and Arabic are
also taught (and sometimes learned).
In tourist areas, local tourism personnel
may study Greek, Finnish, Hebrew, Italian,
Japanese, Korean, Spanish—whatever
language a significant number of visitors
may speak. But you'll get the most
out of your trip if you know a bit
of Turkish, too.
My Turkish language website, 100 Travel Words: Turkish, is the easiest way to learn what you'll need—and only what you'll need—for your trip to Turkey. More...
From Hello to December, here they are.
Remember: Anyone can learn 100 words.
From 1 to a trillion, to go with
Most Useful Words.
You gotta be able to tell Turks where you're from.
Most letters are pronounced as
in English, but a few are very odd
indeed. Here's how to make the sounds.
These basic rules won't make you
form perfect sentences, but you'll
get some idea of what's going on. It's
pretty interesting (if you like grammar).
It's odd, but fairly easy once you get the hang of
If you plan to stay in Turkey awhile,
English to Turks in order to pay
the bills. More...
8. Turkish Hand Gestures
Turkish Hands: Gesturing in Turkey, by Tara L Alisbah, gives you the rundown on all the meaningful, expressive, funny, cautionary hand gestures you may see while traveling in Turkey.
The author, born in Ankara of Turkish and American parents, is equally at home in Turkey and the USA, and obviously enjoys her role as cultural (and language) interpreter. More...
—by Tom Brosnahan