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Thursday, 25 March 2010

Talk about Turkish ... 12 useful phrases

Wherever you go in Turkey, it's likely that people will have some understanding in English. But trying it out is half the fun - and you'll find Turks will be appreciative if you make the effort.

We've compiled a list of 12 simple phrases for you to learn before you get there. Plus a handy pronunciation guide so you'll sound like a pro:

Merhaba (Mer-ha-ba): Hello

Evet (Eh-vet): Yes

Hayır (H-eye-uhr): No

Lütfen (Lewt-fen): Please

Tamam (Ta-mam) - OK

Bira lütfen, (Bee-ra Lewt-fen): Beer, please

Su (Soo): Water

Çok ucuz (Chok oo-juz): Very cheap

Çok pahalı (Chok pa-ha-luh): Very expensive

Teşekkür ederim (Teh-shek-kewr-eh-deh-reem): Thank you

Anlamıyorum (An-la-muh-yo-room): I don't understand

Bu kaç Lira? (Boo-kach-lee-ra): How much is it?

Hoverkraftımın içi yılan balığı dolu (Hover-krafti-min ichi yi-lan ba-gi-li doh-lu); My hovercraft is full of eels.

Try out these handy phrases the next time you visit Bodrum, Fethiye or Antalya - at the very least you'll make someone laugh.

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